Manchester City vs Watford
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 21 September 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Watford was in the contention for the seventh and final European spot the last season, till almost the final match-days. If not for some terrific performances from the likes of Wolves, and Everton, they might have even represented England in the Europa.
This time around though, they have been a complete failure in keeping their levels up. After five match-days have been completed, they find themselves at the bottom-most of the table, and still winless. And on top of that, they are supposed to take on the wounded Manchester City, at the Etihad.
Why ‘wounded’? Against expectations, Pep Guardiola’s men were dealt with a loss the last match-day in the PL, and by a newly-promoted Norwich as well. This has resulted in them conceding ground to Liverpool in the title race. At the moment, the Reds are at the top of the table with a 100% win record, and a five-point lead to go along with that.
Manchester City vs Watford Head-to-head (h2h)
- Manchester won an astonishing previous 11 matches in a row.
- The last time these two met, City recorded a 6-0 win.
- Watford conceded twice or more in the former 11 straight encounters.
- The combined scorecard for the prior seven meetings at this venue is 23-4, in favor of the hosts.
Manchester City vs Watford Prediction
We have two extremes of the Premier League taking on each other. While Manchester has been the overall best team in the competition for the last two years running, despite the surprise loss they suffered against Norwich the other day, Watford is at present the worst of the lot.
The visitors are winless so far in the league and have scored the second-least number of goals. In addition, they have been huge underdogs for quite a long time in h2h encounters.
To make it precise, they lost the previous 11 such battles on the trot and lost every single one at this venue bar one. In fact, while the visitors failed to score in six of the prior nine h2h clashes at this stadium, the hosts found the back of the net an awe-inspiring 26 times in the same period.
Moreover, Pep’s men will be determined to get right back into the title race and to make a statement to the rest of the field, that the Norwich-loss was just a fluke.
By all means, count on an impressive display from the defending champions.
Manchester City vs Watford Betting Tips
To Score in Both Halves: Manchester City @ 1.40 (2/5)
To Win Both Halves: Manchester City @ 1.75 (3/4).