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Manchester City vs Watford: Preview

  • Manchester City vs Watford: Preview

Manchester City will be confident they can make it four wins out of four as they welcome newly promoted Watford to the Etihad. The Hornets are yet to get their first win back in the top flight and a trip to the league leaders will be the last place they will want to visit.

Pellegrini’s side has flown out of the blocks, scoring eight without reply in their opening three games. The Blues look strong early on as other title contenders have stuttered. Watford has started reasonably well, picking up three draws in their opening three games which included tough fixtures against Everton and Southampton.

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City will head into the game unchanged for the fourth game in a row. Wilfried Bony is the only fresh injury problem, the former Swansea City striker has been pictured in a foot brace, which may pave the way for City academy graduate Kelechi Iheanacho to get his first taste of first team action off the bench. Brazilian Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta remain side-lined through injury, with fellow Argentian Nicolas Otamendi still awaiting his work permit. It won't bother Pellegrini too much as an impressive partnership seems to be building between Captain Vincent Kompany and last season’s transfer flop Eliaquim Mangala.

Watford are also likely to keep the same XI who have started the season and will be hoping Troy Deeney finds the net sooner rather than later. The striker scored 21 goals last season but has yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.

Predicted Teams

Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Sterling; Aguero

Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Holebas; Capoue, Behrami, Jurado, Ighalo, Anya; Deeney

How Will The Game Go?

I think City will be one step too far for Watford and I can see the league leaders racking up more goals in their bid to regain the Premier League title. I fancy Sterling to get off the mark after some impressive performances to start his City career and a goal for star striker Sergio Aguero.

Quique Flores  will set his side up to play on the counter, the pace of Ikechi Anya their main threat when breaking. Deeney will find himself isolated for most of the game but will need to take any chance that comes along if Watford want to take anything away from the Etihad.

Score Prediction: 2-0

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