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EPL: City thrash Dennis’ Watford, Iheanacho benched in Leicester, Villa draw

MANCHESTER City trounced Watford 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Watford sank deeper into relegation waters with the defeat, the Hornets stuck in second from bottom, seven points from safety.

Gabriel Jesus scored four of City’s goals, with Rodri adding the other as they opened a four-point gap on second-placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand.

Brazil striker Jesus became the first player to score four goals in a single Premier League game since Son Heung-min for Tottenham Hotspur against Southampton in September 2020.

Hassan Kamara scored Watford’s only goal, which was assisted by Nigeria forward Emmanuel Dennis.

The Super Eagles star started the encounter and took his goal contributions for the season to 10 goals and six assists in 30 Premier League appearances.

Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong was an unused substitute for Watford, while both Oghenekaro Etebo and Samuel Kalu were not in the Hornets’ matchday squad.

At the King Power Stadium also on Saturday, Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute as Leicester City played a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

However, his compatriot Ademola Lookman started the match and played for 80 minutes.

In the other afternoon kick-off in the Premier League, Joelinton scored twice as resurgent Newcastle United won 3-0 at bottom side Norwich City.

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