Manchester City vs Watford Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

Manchester City vs Watford Preview, Predictions 
English Premier League, England
Date: Tuesday, 2nd January 2018
Kick off at 20:00 [UTC/UK]
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

After a good start in the Premier League, Watford is quite struggling recently. What happens when they clash against the unbeaten league leaders Manchester City? Will they manage to break their win streak or Man City remains unbeaten?

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Manchester City vs Watford Possible Lineups

Manchester City vs Watford Preview, Predictions, Lineups: Following are expected lineups and formations from Man City and Watford for their upcoming clash in the English Premier League:

Manchester City:

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Man City Expected Lineup and Formation
Man City Expected Lineup and Formation


Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1

Watford Expected Lineup and Formation
Watford Expected Lineup and Formation

Manchester City vs Watford Recent Performance

Manchester City vs Watford Preview, Predictions: Here is a quick look at how Man City and Watford have performed in their recent encounters with various opponents in the English Premier League and EFL Cup:

Manchester City:

In their last five overall games, Man City won four and rest one was a draw, which was their recent away clash against Crystal Palace. The game resulted in a draw as both teams failed to score. Manchester City managed an easy 0-1 away win against Newcastle United. They recently registered a maiden 4-0 win against Bournemouth at home. Their away clash Leicester City in EFL Cup Leg 2 game was a 1-1 draw, which they won with Leg 1 lead. Man City Registered yet another dominating 4-1 home win against Tottenham Hotspur.

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All of their recent five games were played in the Premier League. In which, Watford won only one and lost rest four games. Their recent home clash against Swansea City was a struggling 1-2 defeat. They managed a 2-1 win against Leicester City at home. They were defeated by Brighton and Hove Albion with 1-0 score in an away game. Watford faced a thrashing home defeat with a 1-4 score against Huddersfield Town. Crystal Palace also defeated Watford with a dominating 2-1 score at home.

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Man City vs Watford Team News, Tactical Analysis

Manchester City vs Watford Preview, Predictions, Team News: Here is some team/injury/suspension/return news coming out from both sides. Let us also understand how this game will affect the rankings of Man City and Watford in the Premier League. Here are the latest English Premier League Standings:

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Manchester City:

For Man City, Striker Gabriel Jesus and MF Kevin De Bruyne will miss the game due to injuries they sustained against Crystal Palace. CB Vincent Kompany and LB Benjamin Mendy will also miss the game. David Silva is still dealing with his personal issues while Fernandinho will miss the games due to suspension.

Manchester City is on top with 59 points in the Premier League. They are 12 points ahead of the second rank, making them unachievable at least for a couple of games. They will definitely look forward to attaining greater heights with a big win. Even in case of a draw or unlikely defeat, they will be safe.


From Watford’s side, CB Tommie Hoban and Craig Cathcart, RB Kiko Femenia, DMF Nathaniel Challah will miss the game due to injuries. Striker Troy Deeney will be serving a suspension. Presence of Miguel Britos, Kiko Fenemia, Younes Kaboul and Isaac Success is still in the air.

Watford stands at 10th rank with 25 points. As they are only 2 points behind from 9th rank with higher goal ratio. A win will take them at least one position up, which is quite hard for them to achieve. They are two points ahead of 12th rank, which means a defeat will cost them the risk of downfall up to two positions.

Manchester City vs Watford Head to Head Stats

  • Watford and Man City have clashed merely 17 times. In which, Manchester City leads with 10 wins, Watford won only four and rest three were draws
  • In their five most recent clashes, Manchester City won all the games

Manchester City vs Watford Predictions

Manchester City has quite a lot of absentees to deal with. Moreover, they had less rest compared to their opponents. Still, Watford will simply struggle a lot against the league leaders. We even doubt if Watford will manage to land a goal against Manchester City. Here is our prediction:

Final Score 2 – 0
Can you predict the score?

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