A sterling second half performance by Manchester City saw them beating Watford 3-1 on Saturday and open a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League standings.

Raheem Sterling netted each of City's goals - all of which came within 15 minutes of the restart - while Gerard Deulofeu scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for Watford.

City have put breathing space between themselves and Liverpool - who play on Sunday - while Watford remain in eighth position and trail Wolverhampton Wanderers on goal difference.

Watford boss Javi Gracia made as many as seven changes for the game in the North-West, but the Hornets only did an effective job in frustrating City during the opening 45 minutes with Nigeria international, Isaac Success getting a starting role.

The Hornets unfortunately capitulated in the second half as City pumped in three goals and got all three points; thus  taking another step forward to retaining their league crown.