His impressive form saw club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero fall down the pecking order as manager Pep Guardiola cited the Brazil worldwide as the preferred number nine due to his tireless work ethic in his possession-based system.
Against City, Watford kept the champions at bay for 40 minutes before Leroy Sane opened the scoring and they could even have taken the lead when Troy Deeney's 32nd-minute strike was saved by Ederson. "Always I tell them, expect the best from the other sides, expect that Liverpool will drop minimum points, so we have to win games". I am delighted." While explaining his stand, Guardiola said "Football is not for one player the reason why he plays bad.
"In the second half, the action from Raheem changed the game", he said.
"When I came to London I thought Big Ben was in the city but no, he is in Watford for us", said Watford manager Javi Gracia. "Kevin [De Bruyne] is not ready but the other two I don't know".
Aguero is City's leading scorer this season, with 12 goals in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola believes that there is still room for improvement for Leroy Sane.
The England winger has also eight in six top-flight appearances against Bournemouth and Guardiola pointed to a mazy dribble and shot against the post shortly before Sterling's goal as the moment City roused from a mid-game slumber that saw Callum Wilson cancel out Silva's opener.
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The guy who had me losing the first six rounds, I don't know what he was watching. "One hundred percent we'll do the rematch". The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.
But the leaders restored order in the 57th minute as Sterling continued his mastery of Eddie Howe's team.
One thing for sure is that you are expecting goals tonight under the lights in Watford! At 2-0 you think we can go on but Huddersfield did very well and created chances. "They put so many balls into the box - they are so strong".
Palace spent much of the match on top without finding another goal, before Andros Townsend's effort flew into the top corner after 77 minutes to seal the win for Roy Hodgson's side.
Nathan Redmond wriggled beyond four statuesque defenders on the edge of the penalty area before finding Michael Obafemi, who teed up Stuart Armstrong for a fierce drive that flashed past David de Gea.
They were still not completely safe and Wilson nearly bundled in from close range following a long throw, but Gundogan put the matter beyond doubt 11 minutes from time.
"That's the people who are aggressive on the ball, fight hard to recover the ball", he said.
85- Goal! Doucouré bundles it in from close range!