Manchester City completely tore Watford apart on Saturday afternoon, as Pep Guardiola’s men romped to an astonishing 8-0 win over the Hornets. The current Premier League champions were ahead within the first minute as David Silva began the rout before Aguero added a second from the penalty spot six minutes later. Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi all added to the scoreline in quick succession as City became the fastest team in Premier League history to go 5-0 up, with the fifth goal coming after just 18 minutes. Bernardo Silva added two more before the hour mark to complete his hat-trick, and Kevin De Bruyne rounded off the demolition job with City’s eighth late on. Following the win, we’ve taken a look at the biggest margins of victory in the Premier League to date, with Guardiola’s men falling just one goal short of the highest ever winning margin, recorded by rivals Manchester United.
Blackburn Rovers 7-0 Nottingham Forest, 1995
Forest join Wigan as a side who were on the receiving end of a thrashing on two separate occasions, as Shearer scored another hat-trick in the victory in 1995.
Manchester United 7-0 Barnsley, 1997
United were inspired by Cole in a large victory once again against Barnsley, with the striker netting a hat-trick at Old Trafford.
Manchester United 8-1 Nottingham Forest, 1999
Current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was one of the main men here, scoring four of the eight goals as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men ran riot at the City Ground.
Arsenal 7-0 Everton, 2005
Arsenal hit seven at Highbury again, a few months prior to the win over Boro, with six different goalscorer’s on this occasion.
Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough, 2006
Speaking of sides who have recored a large margin of victory but also been on the receiving end, two years prior to the win over City, Boro were torn apart at Highbury, with Thierry Henry the hat-trick hero on this occasion.
Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City, 2008
While City have had their fair share of high-scoring wins, they were on the receiving end of a drubbing from Middlesbrough in 2008, with Afonso Alves netting a hat-trick.
Chelsea 7-0 Stoke City, 2010
A rare hat-trick from Salomon Kalou helped Chelsea to a 7-0 win over Stoke in 2010, as the Blues enjoyed another free-scoring win at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City, 2013
City’s second appearance on this list comes thanks to their 7-0 win over Norwich, as seven different goalscorer helped Manuel Pellegrini’s side dispatch of the Canaries.
Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday, 1999
Alan Shearer is also among those in this list to have scored five goals in one game, with the Newcastle legend helping Sir Bobby Robson’s side to an emphatic win.
Tottenham 9-1 Wigan Athletic, 2009
Wigan appear twice on this list for all the wrong reasons, as this time it was Jermain Defoe and Tottenham’s turn. The striker scored five of Spurs’ nine, with Paul Scharner’s consolation ensuring they did not match United’s record.
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan, 2010
Chelsea completed the feat just two years earlier as well, as Didier Drogba stole the show with a hat-trick at the DW Stadium.
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa, 2012
Chelsea were given an early Christmas present by Villa in December 2012, with the Blues running riot at Stamford Bridge two days before Christmas Day.
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland, 2014
Southampton were the last Premier League side to win by an eight-goal margin, with two own goals and five other different scorers against Sunderland.
Manchester City 8-0 Watford, 2019
As previously mentioned, City are now joint-second on the list, following Saturday’s thrashing of Watford.
Manchester United 9-0 Ispwich Town, 1995
United currently hold the record for the highest margin of victory following a 9-0 win over Ipswich Town in 1995. Andy Cole scored five on the day, with Mark Hughes adding two while Roy Keane and Paul Ince also got on the scoresheet.