Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Aguero scores hat-trick in Manchester City's 6 - 0 win over Watford

Roy Hodgson's first game as Crystal Palace managed ended in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and lumbered the Eagles with another unwanted record. The result of this match to be as, Watford 0-2 Manchester City.

They've now scored 15 goals in their past three PL games and 19 in their last four games in all competitions after they thumped Feyenoord 4-0 in Rotterdam on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's men made light work of a Watford defence that had been impenetrable in the Hornets' previous three games, with Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling all joining Aguero on the scoresheet. Ahead of their latest meeting on Saturday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.

Manchester City has started the season in great form.

"The way we played was incredible".

Watford are without defenders Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Sebastian Prodl (hamstring), Craig Cathcart (knee) and Miguel Britos (suspension).

But he is unlikely to play a part against Watford. He and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah have done well behind forwards Andre Gray and Richarlison.

City are one of the title favourites and Pep Guardiola's forward-line is littered with attacking prowess, while Silva is having to contend with a defensive crisis. "He was so important last season, and he'll be so important this season", Guardiola added.

Watford had started the day hoping to reach the summit themselves but a quickfire double by Aguero either side of the half-hour mark soon erased that unlikely prospect.

"Last season we were not able to win many games against the top five, top six in the Premier League". The Hornets are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. In England there is a bit more: "Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City". These players are the reason Watford FC is unbeaten with eight points from four games.

With Watford though, Silva has a side that can be a tough outfit to deal with in the final third as well, and that's where Guardiola's true test lies. Liverpool had chances to get the full three points, it just didn't take them. City aggressively pursued Alexis Sanchez this summer, and there were questions about whether Aguero could play together with 20-year-old star Gabriel Jesus. Minutes after a denied penalty shout from Newcastle, Lascelles rose high over the defense on a corner to meet another Ritchie cross and nod it into goal for the 2-1 lead and the eventual win.

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