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Wealthlandnews May 18, 2022
Updated 2022/05/18 at 9:10 PM

All the goals and updates as the Hammers host the title-chasing Blues in a London derby and top-four showdown
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Premier League leaders Chelsea head east today visiting high-flying West Ham United in a tricky-looking fixture. The Blues are without several first-team options due to injury and hold just a one-point lead at the top of the table, making every game a must-win encounter for them if they want to end a five-year wait for the title. The Hammers are fourth, but a recent drop-off has seen them take just one point from the last three matches since the international break.
Manager David Moyes thinks it’ll click soon isn’t overly concerned at recent defeats as he wants the team to test themselves against the best. “We’re playing the Champions League winners. Last week we played the Champions League finalists as well. I said a few weeks ago, I really want us to play the best teams and see how we do and see where we are at, it is the only way to find out,” he said.
Thomas Tuchel expects a couple of players to return after injury for this fixture and noted that on-loan midfielder Saul could feature at wing-back in the coming weeks, having struggled to get game time in the middle of the park this season. Follow all the latest team news and match updates below:
Well what a match to finish the Saturday action!
Sterling and Silva the scorers for City with Hernandez adding one for Watford.
If you’d like to catch up with all of the action have a look at our report:
Watford 1-3 Man City: Silva hits a brace after Sterling’s opener, before Hernandez pulled one back off the bench
There has been some cracking games in the Premier League today but the weekend isn’t over yet!
Tomorrow Leeds take on Brentford, United play Crystal Palace, Tottenham face Norwich and Aston Villa have Leicester. And on Monday night Everton take on Arsenal.
These other matches won’t impact City’s place at the top of the table.
Bernardo Silva has spoken after scoring twice in the match.
He told Sky: “We started the game well. Creating chance and not allowing them to counter attack. We scored two, we should have scored more.
“It’s always better to be the top of the league than second, third or fourth. Liverpool are just a point behind us, Chelsea two points behind, there are lots of games to play. But it’s better to be top.
“Liverpool and Chelsea are having an amazing season. It’s going to be tough to compete with each other. We know how tough it is to win the league.”
Sterling collected the Player of the Match award but he couldn’t get to his 100th Premier League goal.
He scored early on to get to 99 but it’s only a matter of time before he joins the elite club. A great match from the England star.
Just the 14 straight wins over Watford for Manchester City! The team, love them or hate them, are just so dominant in what they do.
It’s been the perfect day for Guardiola with Chelsea losing to West Ham earlier today it meant they could snatch the top spot.
They did just that in a thoroughly convincing performance. What a day in the Premier League.
Manchester City are top of the Premier League after a convincing 3-1 victory over Watford.
An early Sterling goal started a great evening for the visitors with Silva adding another before the break.
Watford came out well in the second 45 but it was City who scored next through Silva once again. The hosts clawed one back through Hernandez and had extra energy afterwards but it came too late to impact the result.
Added time saw chances for both sides come and go and it’ll be a real test for Watford when they play Brentford next.
The defending champions are holding onto their trophy well so far.
90 mins: Jesus was down for a few minutes but was back to his feet. Guardiola was clearly not happy with the challenge and continued to rant and rave on the side lines.
Jesus was then booed by Watford fans anytime he got the ball, maybe suggesting he dove.
De Bruyne had a shot but it went slightly wide with more City chances going to waste. There will be four minutes added time.
85 mins: City on another corner through Sterling. De Bruyne sent the ball deep but shots were blocked. The visitors continued their pressure but Watford managed them well and even released their own attack.
Dennis was at the centre of that with Sissoka also getting amongst the action. However, Cathcart was booked for a challenge on Jesus, who remained on the floor injured.
80 mins: King almost got another for Watford just a few minutes after their goal!
While it is likely the hosts will lose this match, there are elements to their game that can give their fans hope. Ranieri has aided them in getting goals, they just need the conviction to get the points now.
Meanwhile Sterling is pouncing on the ball every chance he gets as the next goal for him will be his 100th in the league.
Well, what about that! Hernandez smacks the post with his first attempt but he scores from the rebound and suddenly Vicarage Road are in full voice.
Ederson looked frustrated he didn’t save that, he was just 17 minutes from his 100th City clean sheet.

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