Looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats in Premier League, Manchester City will host Watford on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.
A week after losing to Chelsea on their home soil, Pep Guardiola’s team crumbled to yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Leicester City. The Etihad outfit was thrashed 4-1 by the defending Champions, which put a dent in their title hunt.
Newly promoted Watford has been in dazzling form this season as they are in the seventh position of the Premier League standings with 21 points.
Watford came from behind to win 3-2 against Everton on Saturday, and they are likely to give Manchester City a run for their money as well.
In the previous six matches between these teams, City won four, while the remaining two matches ended as a draw.
Team News: Manchester City
City’s talisman Sergio Aguero will once again miss a match as he is serving a four-match ban following his red card against Chelsea. Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to replace the Argentine in the center-forward role.
Fernandinho is also serving a three-match suspension as he was also sent off in that defeat to Chelsea.
The good news for Manchester City fans is that Nicolas Otamendi returns to the first team action after serving his one-match suspension. Captain Vincent Kompany is a long-term absentee for Man City due to his knee injury.
Manchester City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bravo – Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov – Fernando, Gundogan – De Bruyne, Nolito, Silva – Iheanacho
Team News: Watford
Injury concerns for Watford are quite serious as several players have been sidelined as a result.
Brazilian international Robert Kenedy will miss the match due to his thigh muscle injury. The likes of Craig Cathcart, Brice Djadjedje, Younes Kaboul, and Adrian Mariappa are also ruled out of this tie due to injuries.
Striker Stefano Okaka, who scored twice in the last match against Everton, may lead the attack from the front.
Watford: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Gomes – Prodgl, Zuniga, Britos, Holebas – Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura – Deeney, Amrabat, Okaka
Man City vs. Watford: Head-to-Head
Total games: 22
Manchester City wins: 11
Watford wins: 6
Man City vs. Watford: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on NBC Sports Live and Premier League Extra Time. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Man City vs. Watford: Prediction
Although Manchester City looks out of form at the moment, they definitely will look to dominate this match. This will be a perfect stage for the City’s players to bounce back and start their winning momentum.
Watford has struggled recently playing against Manchester City. The away side will face a tough challenge when they visit Manchester City on Wednesday.
Man City is top favorite to win this tie.
Final Predicted Score: Manchester City 3-1 Watford
Manchester City vs. Watford: Betting Tips and Odds
- Man City win: 1/4
- A draw:5/1
- Watford win: 1o/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 13/8
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/9
- Both teams score: 8/11
- Both teams fail to score: evens
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Manchester City has lost only three out of their 15 Premier League matches so far.
- Man City has won their recent four matches against Watford in all competitions.
- Man City has scored 11 goals in their previous four meetings against Watford.
- Watford hasn’t won against Manchester City in their last nine meetings in all competitions.
- Watford has won six out of their 15 games in Premier League this season.
The Manchester Cityvs. Watford stats were provided by Soccerway.
Manchester City vs. Watford: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking on this link. The live streaming link will be updated just before kick-off.
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