Manchester City are leading a two-horse race in the Premier League with Liverpool. Right now, they have 1 point more than the Reds, meaning that there’s no room for mistakes. Beating Watford at the Etihad on Saturday is a must! But, what do the Hornets have to say about this? Find out in our Manchester City vs Watford prediction and betting tips!
December 2018 was pretty bad for their standards, but Manchester City have come back to the title race. And they’re currently leading the way. They’re at the top of the table right now, but there are many games left to play till the end of the season. In order to stay at the top until the very end, they need to continue winning.
Dropping points against Watford would mean that Liverpool would get a chance to overtake them. This is why you can be sure Pep’s boys will take this game seriously. Even though they play a Champions League against Schalke next Tuesday, you can be sure City will be very focused on the Watford duel.
This team is in a very good form and they surely don’t want to let Watford put an end to it. Their form is even more impressive when it comes to playing at home. They have won 8 previous matches in all competitions, scoring a total of 36 goals. That’s 4.5 goals on average per game.
An equally impressive statistic is that they’ve allowed only 2 goals at home this year. One was against Liverpool and one against Arsenal, both of which are teams famous for their attacking prowess. Actually, Liverpool and Arsenal are at the 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, when goal-scoring is concerned. The number 1 top-scoring team is, of course, Manchester City.
They’re currently at the 8th spot on the table, but it seems that it’s pretty much the most they can achieve this season. They’re a really decent side, but to be frank, they can’t compare with the teams that compete for a spot in one of the two big European competitions.
Watford are in a pretty decent form at the moment, but it seems that they too know their chances of getting anything out of this match are pretty slim. It’s not just because Manchester City have a fantastic team, it’s also because they’re not very good when playing against the teams from the top part of the table.
Actually, this season they’ve lost at least once to each of the teams from the top 6 spots on the Premier League table. This, of course, includes Manchester City as well, who beat them 2:1 at the Vicarage Road Stadium. Speaking of the previous games between these two, Watford have lost each of their previous 9 duels.
Manchester City absentees:
- Claudio Bravo (injury)
- Fernandinho (injury)
- Aymeric Laporte (injury)
- Fabian Delph (injury)
- Kiko (injury)
Manchester City vs Watford Prediction
Man City will win this, everyone knows it. Bookies too, unfortunately, which is why the odds on home win are far from attractive. But, you can always spice it up and bet on Asian Handicap -1.5 Manchester City. Or bet on Man City to win without conceding any. Or go with HT-FT Man City–Man City.
Manchester City vs Watford Betting Tips
- Manchester City @1.14 (bet365)
- Manchester City AH -1.5 @1.45 (Unibet)
- HT-FT 1-1 @1.53 (bwin)
- Manchester City to Win to Nil @2.00 (BetVictor)