Manchester City will be looking to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League table when they welcome Watford to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s men are fresh from a 3-0 victory over Brighton in midweek, bouncing back from a disappointing 3-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool.

Watford, meanwhile, are edging closer to relegation after five losses in their previous six Premier League fixtures.

Team News

The win over Brighton appears to have come at a cost for Pep Guardiola as John Stones and Nathan Ake picked up knocks, weakening an already fairly depleted backline.

Ruben Dias should be set for a much-anticipated return to the starting eleven, while Kyle Walker is once more a likely absentee after sustaining an ankle injury at Atletico Madrid recently.

As for Watford, Cucho Hernandez, Samuel Kalu, and Francisco Sierralta are still unavailable for selection.

William Troost-Ekong has now returned to full training after the Super Eagles defender missed their loss at home to Brentford.

Head to Head

In 14 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Manchester City holds the clear advantage over Watford as the defending champions have won all 14 games.

Recent Form

Manchester City have won three drew two and suffered one defeat from their last six fixtures, while Watford have one victory and five losses from the same number of matches.

Manchester City Possible Starting Lineup: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Grealish, Sterling, Jesus

Watford Possible Starting Lineup: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Samir, Kamara; Sissoko, Louza, Lucka; Dennis, Pedro, Sarr

Key Numbers

Manchester City have spread its goals across the squad in the absence of a prolific no.9.  Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez have both scored 11 goals.

Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo has once again excelled. The 27-year-old has registered six assists.

Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Dennis has scored 10 goals in the league for Watford this season.

Former Club Brugge star Dennis and Spanish right-back Kiko Femenia both have registered five assists.

Betting Tips

Our expert tipster at MonieBet.com is predicting Manchester City win is a safe bet here.

However, Cityzen’s win and over 2.5 goals after Guardiola’s side’s last three league matches have been three goals and above.

In only two of Manchester City’s last six matches has both teams scored so punters could stake home side clean sheet: Yes

Watford have only won once in their last eight matches but in five of their last six matches, there have been over 2.5 goals.

Manchester City to win and under 3.5 goals.

Score prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Watford

 

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