<
>
2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Raheem Sterling (46', 50', 59')
  • Gerard Deulofeu (66')

Man City open up four point lead over Liverpool thanks to Sterling hat-trick

play
Sterling hat trick sends Man City four points clear (1:23)

Raheem Sterling's quickfire hat trick steered Man City to a 3-1 win over Watford to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table. (1:23)

Raheem Sterling's 13-minute hat-trick helped Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 and open up a four point gap over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

City came into this match in good form, having won their previous five matches -- however, they had appeared nervy in their previous two encounters, having won each just 1-0.

And it look to be another tense affair for Pep Guardiola's men after a goalless first half. But 60 seconds after the interval, Sterling found the back of the net after Sergio Aguero had chested it into the England international's path.

At first, it appeared the effort had been disallowed due to an offside flag. However, after a three minute delay, referee Paul Tierney overruled linesman Adrian Holmes and awarded the goal.

Former Liverpool man Sterling made it 2-0 five minutes later as David Silva combined with Riyad Mahrez, who fed the ball to City's No. 7 to tap home.

And Sterling completed his hat-trick and secured the three points just before the hour mark when he crept in behind Daryl Janmaat to collect Bernardo Silva's exquisite through ball and slot past Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The third goal was Sterling's 15th of the season in the Premier League, and he is just three behind teammate and leading marksman Aguero.

Gerard Deulofeu pulled a goal back for Watford with his first touch after latching onto Troy Deeney's flick, but it was merely a consolation.

Watford stay eighth after the defeat, while City will finish the weekend in first place regardless of Liverpool's result against Burnley on Sunday.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +29 67
4 Chelsea 35 +21 67
5 Arsenal 34 +25 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Everton 35 +6 49
8 Watford 34 0 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 34 -17 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -21 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14