21 Jul Watford vs. Manchester Metropolis – Football Match Report – July 21, 2020
When you’re mired in a Premier League relegation battle the final team you need to face is Manchester Metropolis, particularly in case you are Watford whose worst fears have been realised in a 4-Zero thrashing at Vicarage Street on Tuesday that left them on the brink.
Impressed Raheem Sterling struck twice earlier than half-time whereas Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte scored after the break as Metropolis racked up a 13th straight win over Watford in all competitions.
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The earlier two conferences between Metropolis and Watford had resulted in an 8-Zero house league win for Pep Guardiola’s facet in September and a 6-Zero victory in final yr’s FA Cup closing.
Watford’s solely comfort was that it might have been even worse on Tuesday. With one recreation left they continue to be three factors above Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who have been taking part in Arsenal later, however their objective distinction benefit has been worn out.
Watford’s journey to Arsenal on Sunday might be a nail-biter.
Hayden Mullins, in short-term cost following the shock sacking of supervisor Nigel Pearson on Sunday, watched powerless from the touchline as Metropolis went by way of their routines.
“It was all the time going to be a troublesome ask, we knew that. They’re an awesome facet with an awesome supervisor,” Mullins stated.
“Metropolis do that to most teams. The minute you come out and provides house they reap the benefits of it.
“Tomorrow we are going to have a look at the efficiency extra, put it to mattress and begin wanting on the subsequent recreation.”
Watford did have an early likelihood when Will Hughes slashed a shot miles broad, nevertheless it was primarily one-way site visitors.
Sterling opened the scoring after 30 minutes with a stunner. Controlling Kyle Walker’s pushed move immediately he appeared up and smashed a right-foot effort previous Ben Foster.
He doubled Metropolis’s lead when he fooled Hughes into a visit and though Foster saved his spot kick, the rebound fell kindly to the England striker who touched the ball house for his 19th league objective of the season.
Metropolis, crushed by Arsenal within the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, hunted extra targets after the break and Foster carried out heroics to disclaim Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne.
He made one other save from Sterling within the 63rd minute just for the ball to fall to Foden who tapped it house.
When Laporte headed in a free kick shortly after Watford have been reeling however they prevented any additional punishment and had a stroke of luck when Gabriel Jesus’s late header was dominated out for offside.
Defeat left the 17th-placed Hornets on 34 factors with second-bottom facet Bournemouth, who might have been relegated had Watford prevented defeat, on 31. Villa in 18th even have 31 factors forward of their late match at house to Arsenal.
All three sides have an an identical objective distinction however Watford have scored fewer than Villa and Bournemouth.