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City like to sting the Hornets

A closer look at the Premier League champions’ impressive recent record against Watford.

Manchester City lift the FA Cup after beating Watford 6-0 at Wembley in May (Nick Potts/PA)
Manchester City lift the FA Cup after beating Watford 6-0 at Wembley in May (Nick Potts/PA)

By Tom White, PA Sport Data Journalist

Manchester City’s 8-0 win over Watford was their 12th successive victory over the Hornets and the latest in a string of emphatic scorelines.

Here, the PA News agency looks at City’s record against one of their favourite opponents of the Pep Guardiola era.

The start of the run

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Sergio Aguero celebrates an FA Cup hat-trick against Watford in 2014 (Dave Thompson/PA)

After a pair of draws in 2006-07, Watford were relegated and did not return to the Premier League until 2015-16.

They did meet City in the FA Cup on two occasions, though, City winning 3-0 in January 2013 and 4-2 a year later to kick-start their recent dominance of Watford.

City also did the double over the Hornets in 2015-16, winning 2-0 at home and 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

The Guardiola era

  • Dec 14, 2016 - Man City 2 Watford 0
  • May 21, 2017 - Watford 0 Man City 5
  • Sep 16, 2017 - Watford 0 Man City 6
  • Jan 02, 2018 - Man City 3 Watford 1
  • Dec 04, 2018 - Watford 1 Man City 2
  • Mar 09, 2019 - Man City 3 Watford 1
  • May 18, 2019 - Man City 6 Watford 0 (FA Cup final)
  • Sep 21, 2019 - Man City 8 Watford 0

City have scored 35 goals in the eight meetings since their current manager took charge, with Saturday’s rout following a record-equalling FA Cup final in May.

That pair of result represents history repeating itself from 2017, when City won 5-0 and 6-0 at Vicarage Road in May and September respectively.

A pair of 3-1 wins and a 2-1 in December 2018 complete a one-sided sequence which began with City winning 2-0 in December 2016.

Notable scorelines

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Bernardo Silva had a good day in City’s most recent game against Watford, scoring a hat-trick (PA)

Manchester City 8 Watford 0, September 21, 2019

David Silva scored in the first minute, Sergio Aguero quickly added a penalty and it was 5-0 by the 18th minute after goals from Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi. Two more from Bernardo followed before Kevin De Bruyne scored the eighth.

Manchester City 6 Watford 0, May 18, 2019

Guardiola’s side equalled Bury’s 116-year-old record for the biggest win in an FA Cup final. David Silva opened the scoring, Gabriel Jesus scored twice to sandwich a De Bruyne strike and Raheem Sterling bagged two in the final 10 minutes.

Watford 0 Manchester City 5, May 21, 2017

Much of the damage was done in the first half via Vincent Kompany’s early opener, Aguero’s brace and a Fernandinho strike. Jesus rounded off the scoring just before the hour.

Watford 0 Manchester City 6, September 16, 2017

There was no let-up four months later as Aguero’s hat-trick set up another rout. Jesus, Otamendi and Sterling also found the net.

Manchester City 4 Watford 2, January 25, 2014

The only time since 1987 that Watford have scored more than once against City, as they raced into a 2-0 lead through Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney – only for another Aguero treble, combined with Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal, to turn the tables in the second half.

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