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Manchester City 3-1 Watford: Leaders back in the win column

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  • Watford lost first meeting 6-0
  • Sterling, Aguero score
  • Gray breaks shutout in 82nd

Manchester City struck early en route to an easy 3-1 win over Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

The match was the first for City since its 18-match win streak was snapped by a draw with Crystal Palace this weekend.

Watford remains 10th, but is now just five points clear of the drop zone.

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Who needs a minute? Man City went ahead after just 39 seconds.

Two of City’s breakout stars of the season, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, connected on a cross from the former on the left to the unmarked latter on the right.

David Silva sent Kevin De Bruyne deep into the box, and his cross from the left was deflected into the goal by Christian Kabasele before it could get to Sergio Aguero. Own goal, 2-0.

De Bruyne then whipped a free kick off the cross bar, and City put the rebound in Heurelho Gomes‘ hands.

The Hornets came close to pulling one back in the 29th minute, but Ederson palmed Andre Gray‘s effort wide of the far post.

Aguero would get on the board of his own accord off a 63rd minute corner, as Man City put this one out of reach with just under a half hour to spare.

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Watford 2-1 Leicester: Hornets sting Foxes

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  • Leicester without a win in four
  • Watford snap four game losing run
  • Schmeichel OG wins it for Watford

Watford beat Leicester 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day as Marco Silva’s side ended a run of six games without a win.

Riyad Mahrez put Leicester ahead but Molla Wague, on his full debut, equalized. Abdoulaye Doucoure’s second half shot was pushed into his own net by Kasper Schmeichel and that’s how it finished.

With the win Watford have 25 points and sit in 10th, while Leicester have 27 points.

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Leicester took the lead in the first half through Mahrez who scored with a header after 37 minutes.

Marc Albrighton‘s cross found Mahrez and the Algerian continued his fine recent form to make it 1-0.

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Watford leveled things up right on half time as Wague scored on his first start for the Hornets to give the Hornets the momentum as Richarlison also hit the post as they responded well to going behind.

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The hosts went ahead in the second half in bizarre circumstances.

Tom Cleverley’s free kick found Doucoure at the back post and he squeezed in a shot on goal which saw Schmeichel get the last touch and divert the ball in as he tried to save them.

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Late on Leicester sent on plenty of attackers to try and get back in the game but failed to do so with Heurelho Gomes making two superb stops as Watford snapped their run of four-straight defeats with a dogged display.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Watford: Gross gets it done

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  • Fourth-straight Watford loss
  • Gross keeps producing for Gulls
  • Brighton moves 12th

Pascal Gross moved Brighton and Hove Albion a point back of their Saturday visitors as the Seagulls bested Watford 1-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton has 21 points, one point behind 10th place Watford.

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Chris Hughton‘s Seagulls had the most of the early chances, with Pascal Gross and Davy Propper among those tempting the frame.

Brighton took its deserved lead in the 64th minute through Gross, who took advantage of a Watford giveaway and powered his shot through a hand of Heurelho Gomes.

Richarlison looked prepared to make it 1-1 with an in-tight header, but he missed wide of the frame.

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Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town: Mooy at the double for Town

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  • Town build 3-0 lead
  • Mooy scores, converts PK
  • Deeney, Hogg sent off

Aaron Mooy scored a pair of goals and both teams finished with 10 men as Huddersfield Town battered Watford 4-1 on Saturday at Vicarage Road.

Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre also scored for Town, which moves 11th with 21 points.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored Watford’s goal, as the Hornets stay ninth with just one more point than Town.

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Kachunga caused some early problems for Watford, winning a fifth minute corner kick.

That corner bred another one, and Kachunga deposited it behind Heurelho Gomes after a series of sloppy, cagey touches from both sides.

Kachunga then needed to be removed from the match after just 16 minutes following a left knee injury.

Richarlison had a chance to level the score in the 21st minute, but the tricky shot arrowed over the frame.

Mooy made it 2-0 when Watford missed a pair of chances to deal with a cross and the Australian was in the catbird seat to tap home.

And it went from bad to worse for the Hornets when Troy Deeney picked up a straight red card for a two-footed scissor tackle in the 33rd minute.

Depoitre scored shortly after halftime to pile woe on Marco Silva‘s men. It just wasn’t their day, though a second yellow card to Jonathan Hogg did put both teams on 10 men with 28 minutes to play.

Doucoure put a little drama in the match with a terrific goal from 20 yards, besting Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

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Burnley 1-0 Watford: Clarets sink 10-man Hornets

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  • Watford goes down a man
  • Arfield puts Burnley in front
  • Hornets kept it looking 11v11

Scott Arfield scored after Marvin Zeegelaar had been sent off for Watford, as Burnley ground out a 1-0 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Burnley stayed even with Tottenham and Arsenal on 28 points before the Gunners’ Sunday match, while Watford falls six points back of the trio.

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Chris Wood didn’t get full muster on a 13th minute bounding shot that Heurelho Gomes stooped to collect in the six.

Gomes was called upon again when Johann Berg Gudmundsson swerved a free kick over the wall and toward the keep’s near post.

Watford went down a man following a straight red to Zeegelaar, who went hard and low into Steven Defour. A yellow for sure, but harsh for a red.

Richarlison thought he’d won a penalty against the run of play in the 44th minute, but no whistle came in the Hornets favor.

Arfield put the Clarets ahead moments later, with the Canadian international slotting low inside the far post off a fine team goal.

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