Hornets Head Coach Claudio Ranieri made one change from the side that narrowly lost to Chelsea on Wednesday evening. Full-back Danny Rose replaced the injured Adam Masina, with the Golden Boys employing a similar system to the one used against the Blues.
The away team were the first to make their presence known with Joāo Pedro forced to clear Aymeric Laporte’s header off the line and following a goalmouth scramble, the ball was fired away from danger.
Despite Watford attempts, the Citizens maintained their early pressure and found the breakthrough on four minutes as Sterling headed past Daniel Bachmann, unmarked at the back post.
The Austrian shot-stopper was at full-stretch to deny the Englishman a brace moments later after the winger cut inside from the right-flank to fashion an opening.
It was a far from quiet opening 10 minutes for Bachmann, who was forced to keep out another City attempt, this time Jack Grealish’s strike from point-blank range, expertly saving with an extended leg.