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Summary

  1. Fourth-placed Man City lost past two PL games
  2. Stones dropped to the bench, Aguero still banned
  3. Ninth-placed Watford will go seventh with a win
  4. Skipper Deeney on the bench, Pereyra back after ban

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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A clean start for City

Man City 2-0 Watford

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

It's a bit English but that zero next to Watford's name is the notable statistic from tonight.

Pep left John Stones out of his Manchester City line-up, picked four at the back, stuck with them for 90 minutes and was rewarded with his side's third clean sheet of the season.

If City can get that number up, they have the firepower to score - and win - against anyone.

FULL-TIME

Man City 2-0 Watford

Done and dusted. Sgt Pep's band are rocking again.

Man City 2-0 Watford

Almost a third. David Silva's low shot is saved by Heurelho Gomes.

Man City 2-0 Watford

Watford's Jose Holebas is down injured. He just rolls off the pitch. Dying embers here...

Man City 2-0 Watford

Into stoppage time. Three minutes to go.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 2-0 Watford

Another change for Pep. Leroy Sane replaces Kevin de Bruyne.

Man City 2-0 Watford

What a way for David Silva to celebrate his  200th Premier League game for Manchester City. No way back for Watford now...

GOAL - Man City 2-0 Watford

David Silva

Game over.

Swift and clean by Manchester City. Fernando wins the ball on the halfway line, David Silva picks up the baton. No challenge is forthcoming, the Spaniard exchanges passes with Raheem Sterling in the box, then slams in from 12 yards.

David Silva
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Man City 1-0 Watford

Well into the last 10 now. Any sign of another goal? Not yet. The home crowd getting a touch edgy...

Man City 1-0 Watford

OH! Should be 1-1. Watford's best - and perhaps only - chance. Nordin Amrabat rolls marker Gael Clichy, clipping in a delightful right-wing cross into the centre. Odion Ighalo meets it with an outstretched foot, firing over the bar. That would have hit the onion bag for the Watford striker last season...

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Watford

Pep's mixing it up. One Spaniard comes on for another, Jesus Navas on for Nolito.

Bravo Bravo

Man City 1-0 Watford

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Claudio Bravo has not had the easiest time of it as Joe Hart's replacement at Manchester City.

There was even some ironic applause for him from his own fans earlier in the game when he dealt with a routine bit of work.

But the applause was genuine and justified then after keeping out Etienne Capoue's shot.

City have strolled through this game. Watford have rarely threatened.

If the visitors snatch a point now I don't think the home fans will be very impressed.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Kevin de Bruyne goes down clutching his leg. He's alright.

Man City 1-0 Watford

The Watford free-kick is curled into the Manchester City area, Miguel Britos meeting the ball with his head. But the ball goes backwards. Actually, it works out well - falling at Etienne Capoue's feet and he blasts low at the near post. Claudio Bravo makes a vital save.

Man City 1-0 Watford

And here's another example of Isaac's Success. Again he goes direct, Zabaleta forced into a clumsy foul. Free-kick about 25 yards out...

Man City 1-0 Watford

Isaac Success fancies his chances against Pablo Zabaleta here. The Watford substitute is not afraid to run at the City defence.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Watford

Here he is. Troy Deeney comes on for the Hornets, off goes Jerome Sinclair. Not a memorable first Watford start for the 20-year-old forward - he only managed 11 touches. Only City keeper Claudio Bravo had fewer...

Man City
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Man City 1-0 Watford

Are City going to kill this game off? Doesn't look like it yet. The home side still dominating possession, but not really stretching Watford.

Not one shot on target for either side since the break...

Man City 1-0 Watford

Kevin de Bruyne drills in the set-piece, a Watford head averts the danger.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Nice. Raheem Sterling looks one way, drops his shoulder the other, beats Miguel Britos with ease on the right side of the box. The Watford defender can only haul back the England international - free-kick on the edge...

Man City 1-0 Watford

Cometh the time, cometh Troy Deeney. The benched Watford skipper looks to be stripping off his tracksuit...

Man City 1-0 Watford

Rubbish. Adlene Guedioura's free-kick doesn't trouble Claudio Bravo, sailing over the bar. The Man City keeper has barely laid a glove on the ball. Walter Mazzarri slumps down into his seat and puffs out his cheeks.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Chance for Watford? They haven't had many. Now they win a free-kick on the edge of the Man City box...

Walter's world

Man City 1-0 Watford

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Normally, Pep Guardiola is by far the most animated manager in the technical area at a Manchester City game.

But with Guardiola slightly subdued, Walter Mazzarri is giving him a good go.

Admittedly it tends to require communication from his staff to get his arms waving or fingers pointing but once he gets going he is pretty expressive.

He also nipped out for a smoke before the game judging by pictures on social media.

Walter Mazzarri and Pep Guardiola
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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Watford

Will this change be a Success? An Isaac Success? I'll get my coat.

The Nigerian forward replaces right-midfielder Daryl Janmaat in an attacking move by the visitors.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Watford ready to make a change...

HITS THE WOODWORK

Man City 1-0 Watford

That free-kick comes to nothing, but it is not long until Raheem Sterling is in the thick of things again. The Manchester City winger picks up the ball in midfield, runs at a back-pedalling Watford defence, then drills a rising 18-yard drive that clips the top of the crossbar.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Pace. Injected. Raheem Sterling sticks on the burners, toasting Miguel Britos for speed. The Watford defender looks like he is running in tar and has to haul him down.

Raheem Sterling
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Man City 1-0 Watford

Not a classic this.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Pep Guardiola is cajoling his troops from the technical area. Arms waving, fingers pointing. I've no idea what he is telling them.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Nice. Sebastian Prodl goes all Franz Beckenbauer on us. The Watford defender neatly chests down a long pass before playing his way out of trouble.

Nothing more to add at the moment. Even steven.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Manchester City almost take advantage of their numerical advantage. Kevin de Bruyne worms his way into space on the right, drilling low across the face of goal from the byeline. 

Heurelho Gomes spills, no blue shirt can take advantage. Jose Holebas calmly clears.

Man City 1-0 Watford

Daryl Janmaat, now in a more advanced position on the Watford right, has to go off to get cleaned up.

Man City 1-0 Watford

We've barely got started before we stop again. Cue groans from the home fans.

Watford's Daryl Janmaat's looks have taken a hit. He heads the ball clear and then follows through on Gael Clichy's shoulder (accidentally, of course). Claret everywhere.

KICK-OFF

Man City 1-0 Watford

Nolito enthusiastically rubs his hands together as he waits to get the ball rolling again. Referee Kevin Friend takes what seems an eternity to blow whistle. A few looks at the watches, a quick head count, he's happy.

Man City 1-0 Watford

The time has come to GAL-VA-NISE! The Manchester City players come back out to the sound of the Chemical Brothers classic, while Watford manager Walter Mazzarri makes a few notes as he takes his seat in the comfy dugout.

Ilkay's injury ills

Man City 1-0 Watford

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Ilkay Gundogan looked in a fair bit of discomfort as he walked down the tunnel just then.

It is to be hoped the damage is not too bad for the Germany midfielder, who has had more than his fair share of injuries already.

A back injury sustained on international duty in August 2013 kept him out for 13 months and his Manchester City debut was delayed by a month when he dislocated his knee cap at the beginning of May.

HALF-TIME

Man City 1-0 Watford

Watford survive. City deserve their lead. Time for a half-time brew.

Man City 1-0 Watford

And this shows how Watford have been pinned back in the past 10 minutes. City threatening again...

Man City
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