Raheem Sterling scored twice to deepen managerless Watford’s relegation fears as Manchester City recorded a resounding 4-0 win at Vicarage Road.
Sterling’s first-half double put City in control, with his superb opener (31) added to when he slotted home the rebound after Ben Foster saved his initial penalty (40).
Phil Foden grabbed City’s third in the 63rd minute to better his goal tally of seven from last season before Aymeric Laporte headed in a simple fourth as Watford capitulated (66).
The Hornets remain three points above the relegation zone and goal difference could well become a factor in this absorbing race for survival with Watford’s now identical to 18th-placed Aston Villa ahead of their encounter with Arsenal later on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
Pep Guardiola’s City side, already assured of second place, secured a fourth consecutive league win for the first time this campaign to move onto 78 points to help erase the memory of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.