NO PENALTY! Pereyra appears to be fouled by Otamendi in the box, but the referee says, play on! That looked like a penalty! More pressure on referees.
Sterling has the keeper to beat, but Gomes does well to block it. He could have offloaded to Aguero.
Watford showing some urgency now. A little too late I may add.
Gray is at it again and Otamendi does well to clear it. City must keep their cool now.
MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 WATFORD.
GOAL, WATFORD, GRAY!
A patient persistent build-up eventually leads to a goal by Gray, after Ederson is found wanting. It was very busy in that area.
De Bruyne is now replaced by B.Silva, after yet another shot at goal. A real surprise, but he obviously needs a rest after that injury.
The Watford defence are just going through the motions now. They must watch out! Sterling finds Sane, who sends it across the face of goal.
We have another City substitution. Toure comes on for Fernandinho!
Cleverley slices it behind for another City corner. The pressure is mounting.
The City crowd is in full song now.
City make a change and Stones is replaced by Danilo.
City is cruising home now.
MANCHESTER CITY 3-0 WATFORD.
GOAL, MANCHESTER CITY, AGUERO!
Silva takes the corner and De Bruyne sends it into the box. The keeper fails to clear and Aguero pounces on it. He may have been offside, but it is a clinical goal.
Otamendi comes close with a header after a corner and he sends it wide. Watford survives.
It is looking ominous again and we sense another City goal soon.
The game has somewhat slowed down a bit. Watford will not complain.
City have a corner after another good build-up. It is well cleared by Watford.
De Bruyne lines up a dangerous free-kick, but the keeper has it covered.
Silva with a yellow card is flirting with danger here.
That was a good set up by Sterling for Aguero!
We start the second half the way we started the first, with one difference. We have not had an early City goal. Aguero came very close and should have scored, but he did not!
Kick off! We are underway in the second half. Can Watford stop this City barrage?
City win a free-kick after a foul on Sterling. The De Bruyne kick is good again and somehow Watford survives.
We will have two minutes of time added on.
HALF TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 WATFORD.
Watford will be happy to get way with only two goals here. It could have been so much worse. It has been very one sided. Please join us for the second half soon.
Capoue then makes his way into the City box and forces Ederson to make a save. It was a half chance, but they should have taken it.
Fernandinho finds Sterling on the run and he hits the side netting! Close!
This has been far too easy for City thus far. Any plans that Watford had was destroyed by that early Sterling goal.
Sane has the better of Janmaat and just misses his shot at goal from around 25 meters. The follow up from Silva is horrible.
Aguero fails to find his way to goal on this occasion, but with some patience he may get there soon.
Can City produce another before the break?
What a save by Ederson, after a chase on the right from Gray! That was a good reaction save by the keeper and it would have been a goal last season.
Watford has another go. Janmaat takes a long range shot and it flies across the face of goal. What was that?
Silva is warned again by the referee, after a silly foul. He must watch himself.
YELLOW CARD, MANCHESTER CITY, SILVA!
Silva is booked for some shirt tucking. That was silly but he did pull Watson's shirt. The crowd is not happy.
That Raheem Sterling goal after 38 seconds has been the fastest goal in the League this season.
Watford now have some more possession.
LUCKY! De Bruyne takes a free-kick and he beats the keeper and Watford is saved by the cross-bar! That was superb by the Belgian.
MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 WATFORD.
GOAL, MANCHESTER CITY , KABASALE (OG)!
The cross from De Bruyne is cleared brilliantly passed the keeper by Kabasale! An unfortunate own goal, but it was a good cross!
Watford finally manage to make their way into the City half for a second time and again they look dangerous.
Gray forces Ederson to come off his line, after the first real Watford attack. That was far too easy!
I do not believe that Watford has progressed into half as yet.
Sane has another effort after a corner, but it flies over the posts. That should have been two!
City continues to press forward in the early stages.
Kick off! We are off at a very wet Etihad Stadium! How many goals will we see?
GOAL, MANCHESTER CITY, STERLING!
City is off to a flying start! They go down the left and the cross from Sane finds Sterling, who drives it home from close range!
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this English Premier League game between Manchester City and Watford, from Etihad Stadium.
The Premiership leaders hosts the 10th placed Watford in what is expected to be a goal fest for City, despite being without their star duo of Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
Watford will not be very confident after having just been beaten by bottom of the log Swansea.
Watford will also not forget that they were beaten 6-0 by City earlier this season.
Manchester City Team: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D.Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero. Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, B.Silva, Toure, Zinchenko.
The BIG NEWS is that Kevin de Bruyne will indeed start, as he has recovered from his injury. That is not what Watford wanted to hear.
FULL TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 WATFORD.
City was in control from the start, while Watford came back late in the second half. Who knows what may have happened if that late penalty was awarded. However it may well have been a little too late.