Man City back on track after trouncing Watford
LONDON— Although it has taken a year longer than many expected, Manchester City is finally beginning to resemble a Pep Guardiola-coached team.
City maintained its rampant form as it ended Watford’s unbeaten start to the English Premier League with a resounding 6-0 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Guardiola’s side has scored 15 goals in three matches since the international break, with 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Liverpool and Feyernood respectively.
“It was so good, especially after an away game in the Champions League,” Guardiola said. “We have found our game, we can make short passes, and we have a lot of energy from our full backs.”
Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick and laid on an assist for Gabriel Jesus, while Nicolas Otamendi headed in before Raheem Sterling added a late penalty.
The victory took City to the top of the table, but Manchester United can join it on Sunday with a win over Everton.
Liverpool failed to shake off the effects of last weekend’s thrashing by City, stumbling to a1-1draw with Burnley at Anfield.
Canadian international Scott Arfield gave the visitors the lead before Mohamed Salah levelled just three minutes later.
Crystal Palace became the first club in league history to lose its opening five games without scoring as Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat against Southampton. Steven Davis’ early goal proved decisive.
Newcastle made it three league wins in a row by beating Stoke 3-1 at St. James’ Park. Captain Jamaal Lascelles was an unlikely star for a second straight game as the defender headed home the winner after Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu’s opener.
Jamie Vardy equalized from the penalty spot for Leicester to draw at Huddersfield 1-1 after Laurent Depoitre gave the home side the lead on his full Premier League debut. West Brom and West Ham played out a goalless draw at the Hawthorns. REDKNAPP AXED: Harry Redknapp was fired by second-tier Birmingham City on Saturday after his side lost a sixth successive match.
Birmingham was just one place above the bottom of the Championship table after losing to Preston 3-1 at home on Saturday, having taken just four points from its first eight games.
Canadian Scott Arfield left scores for Burnley in EPL action against Liverpool on Saturday at Anfield.