Watford v Manchester City: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted teams, plus more

CITY SLICKERS

The Premier League champions will be looking to make it nine straight wins against the Hornets in all competitons

Manchester City travel to Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening knowing the pressure at the top of the Premier League is back on them once again.

Divock Origi’s injury-time winner against Everton means City’s lead at the top remains at just two points over Liverpool.

Aguero is set to miss the game at Vicarage Road

Aguero is set to miss the game at Vicarage Road

They face a Hornets side who have started to fade slightly after their brilliant start to the season saw them briefly enter the Champions League places.

Defeat away at Leicester City on Saturday means they are sitting in tenth place, a healthy position before a hectic Christmas period.

What the managers are saying

Watford head coach Javi Gracia: “We need to be more efficient and finish better. In the last games the feeling is we are not getting the reward the team sometimes deserves.

Gracia could well be boosted by the return of Tom Cleverly

Gracia could well be boosted by the return of Tom Cleverly

“We play against Manchester City and we know it will be a very demanding game. But playing at home with the support of our fans I am sure we are able to have a good performance.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants even more from Raheem Sterling: “He can do better. We are so delighted with what he’s done in three years but he can do better.

“He can be more consistent – first controls, his receptions, many, many things. I’ve said many times we are delighted but he can do better.”

MATCH FACTS

  • Watford have lost three of their last four home league games
  • Pep Guardiola’s men meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 20 top-flight apperances
  • City are currently enjoying an eight-match winning run against Watford in all competitions
  • The Hornets could lose three Premier League matches in a row for the first time under Javier Gracia
  • The reigning champions could equal the club top-flight record of 14 consecutive away matches without defeat, set from April to December 2017

Team News

Tom Cleverly could feature for the first time since January for the hosts after overcoming hamstring and Achilles troubles.

Etienne Capoue is awaiting to hear if his red card at the King Power stadium on Saturday will be overturned.

The former Spurs midfielder saw red at the King Power

The former Spurs midfielder saw red at the King Power

Sergio Aguero is unlikely to feature at all for the visitors, with Pep Guardiola admitting he could lose the star man until 2019 if he aggravates a muscular injury.

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is not yet fit to return from damaged knee ligaments.

Predicted teams

Watford: Foster; Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucoure, Chalobah, Hughes, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Success

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho, Gundogan, D Silva; Sterling, B Silva, Jesus

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