Manchester City vs Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Manchester City vs Watford in Premier League.
Manchester City vs Watford Match Preview
Manchester City saw their winning run stopped at 18 by Crystal Palace over the weekend, but will have a chance to restart their next winning run when they host Watford on Tuesday, January 2. This Manchester City vs Watford Premier League fixture will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, so check out our match preview, betting tips and predictions for this game.
Not even the most optimistic Palace fan would have predicted a draw for Manchester City at the Selhurst Park. Had it not been for a spectacular penalty save by Ederson, City would have had their first league loss of the season! But, for Guardiola, dropping the points is not as significant as the injuries to his star duo Kevin du Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. While the Brazilian forward was forced off in the first half, the Belgian midfielder was at the receiving end of a rash challenge late in the game. It is feared that Jesus would be out for several months, while De Bruyne’s injury will keep him out of contention for at least this Manchester City vs Watford fixture. For the record, City are top of the league after 21 games (59pts, W19, D2) which is 14 more than their nearest competitors Chelsea.
Watford were one of the surprise packages of the season, but the early season form seems to have tapered off. A portion of the blame must be apportioned to the uncertainty around their manager’s future. That has seen their previous sensational form dipping a bit. The Hornets have now lost six of their last eight Premier League fixtures, and have slipped down the pecking order for the European spots. They are now tenth in the league after 21 games (25pts) which is perilously close to the bottom-three (seven points). If the visitors do not improve their form, it may not be long before that deficit is wiped off, which means this Manchester City vs Watford clash is very critical.
Manchester City vs Watford H2H
Manchester City have a tight grip over this fixture, and have won their last seven matches. City have not lost to Watford since 1987!
Manchester City vs Watford Team News
Jesus and De Bruyne will join the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Vincent Kompany, and David Silva out of contention for Manchester City.
For Watford, Troy Deeney is suspended while Tommie Hoban, Craig Caithcart, Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul, Kiko Femenia, Will Highes, Miguel Britos and Isaac Success are all out injured.
Manchester City vs Watford Probable Line-ups
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
Watford: Gomes, Jamaat, Prodl, Kabasele, Holebas, Cleverley, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra, Gray, Richarlison.
Manchester City vs Watford Predictions
It is tempting to pick another drop of points for the hosts, but lightning won’t strike twice – at least not with this Pep’s side! They look good to come back into contention and win this Manchester City vs Watford encounter. However, their back four remains under pressure, which has seen them concede in four of their last five matches at home. We believe that this could once again be the case for this game.