Understrength Manchester City racks up sixth straight win in EPL

A much-changed City side moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League for 24 hours at least as second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan saw off a battling Bournemouth team. Towards the dying stages of the game, Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling could be seen showboating on the ball, which led to a heated exchange with Juan Mata.

Bernardo Silva opened the scoring shortly after the quarter-hour mark at City of Manchester Stadium here on Saturday when he pounced on the rebound after Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had saved a shot by Leroy Sane, reports Efe. The club most recently defeated Bournemouth 3-1 over the weekend, marking its sixth straight league victory.

Aguero is City's leading scorer this season, with 12 goals in all competitions.

Good evening! Welcome to the Live Updates for Watford Vs Manchester City in the Premier League. Aguero is also a doubt for that game as it is not yet sure if he will be able to recover from the injury he has sustained. We are only in the third (day) of December. "There are many reasons", Guardiola said.

It was a landmark moment for former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola, who said: "My 400th win as a manager?"

But Gracia, making his first appearance at Vicarage Road since he signed a four-and-a-half year contract extension last week, said: "Nothing is impossible".

Rashford's profligacy in front of goal against Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek provoked Mourinho to display his frustration on the sidelines. "They put so many balls into the box - they are so strong". This is a game where I think an early goal or two should allow us to reserve some energy for the difficulties ahead.

Should Diaz leave, it will be the second time in recent seasons one of City's brightest prospects has chose to leave the Etihad, after Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund last summer in search of regular first-team football.

"Sterling changed the game and Sane was fantastic too. The other two, I don't know".

Pep's side has been irresistible thus far in the Premier League but could have a tough time in Hertfordshire when they take on a Watford side who have shown glimpses of quality this season. "We had a good spell before half-time where we scored a good goal".

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