Manchester City vs Watford Match Preview
Premier League: Manchester City and Watford head towards an intense battle in gameweek 5.
Competition: Premier League
Date: 16th September, 2017, Saturday
Time: 7:30 pm (IST), 3:00 pm (UK)
Venue: Vicarage Road
TV Info: Sky Sports(UK), Star Sports(India), NBCSN(US)
Live Stream: Hotstar, Sky Go, NBC Sports Live
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick
Manchester City and Watford are set to lock horns at the Vicarage Road. Both the clubs would be willing to win this match to end gameweek 5 in a winning note.
Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Premier League glory this time after enduring a frustrating trophyless last season, the first of it’s kind in his managerial career. City have started the season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton in the Premier League. A draw against Everton in gameweek 2 halted their progress a little bit. But they are back in form now after edging past Bournemouth by 2-1 in gameweek 3 courtesy to a 97th minute winner by Raheem Sterling and 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool in gameweek 4.
Watford, on the other hand, will step up in gameweek 5 unbeaten. Their unbeaten run consist of a 2-0 beating of Southampton and a 3-3 stalemate against Liverpool. The Hornets are confident enough to pull off a shock win at the Vicarage Road.
Recent form (Last 4 league matches)
Manchester City – W D W W
Watford – D W D W
Probable line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling
Formation – 4-3-3
Injuries and Suspensions: Vincent Kompany(Injured)
Probable line-up: Gomes, Kabasele, Mariappa, Femenia, Holebas, Chalobah, Doucoure, Carrillo, Cleverly, Richarlison, Gray
Formation – 4-2-3-1
Injuries and Suspensions: Prodl(Injured), Cathcart(Injured), Kaboul(Injured), Zarate(Injured), Femenia(Injured-Doubtful), Pereyra(Injured-Doubtful), Britos(Suspended)
Manchester City and Watford have met 6 times in Premier League era with City winning 4 of them, the rest of the 2 matches ended in draws. Last season City beat Watford 2-0 at the Etihad and humiliated the Hornets 5-0 at the Vicarage Road.
Watford have a quality team with decent attacking frontline and they are going through very good form but Manchester City have too much quality in their ranks to pull off an easy win. I will go with 2-0 in favour of Manchester City.