Manchester City vs Watford: Preview and Predictions

Manchester City vs Watford
English Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 2 January 2018
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).

Manchester City’s amazing run of form came to a shocking end on the last day of 2017 when Pep Guardiola’s side could not break the deadlock past the relegation-threatened Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The goalless draw is even more shocking if we know that the Glaziers have conceded three goals in the mid-week’s home loss to Arsenal.

The Citizens, however, still firmly hold the very top of the Premier League standings and they will be looking to bounce back from the draw and boost up their confidence by returning to the winning ways just two days later when they host Watford at Etihad Stadium.

The Spanish manager is likely expected to make some rotations in the starting XI and allow Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling to make the start after they came on from the bench at Selhurst Park. This duo is actually the most productive part of the team as they hold the top two spots in team’s goalscorers list having combined the total of 25 goals so far.

Stopping this duo will be the main task for Watford who won’t come into this high on confidence either after dropping points in a last-gasp defeat to the rock-bottomed Swansea City on Saturday afternoon at their Vicarage Road. The team led by Marco Silva has thus returned on the losing ways after interrupting the four-loss run with a rather surprising home win over in-form Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Manchester City vs Watford: Predictions

The Hornets has lost five of last six matches on the road. Given they’ve only managed to score a single goal during the three-loss streak against the likes of Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion, we’re not quite confident about their chances against the best side on the league on Tuesday.

Manchester City have the best defensive record in the league and they’ve conceded only a single goal in last five games. The bet that stands-out would thus be Man City to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 2.00.

As for the goalscorers, Guardiola’s top scorer Raheem Sterling is our main pick at the odds of 2.00 to find the back of the net past the struggling Watford side.

Manchester City vs Watford: Bet Tips

  • Manchester City to keep a clean sheet 2.00
  • Raheem Sterling to score anytime 2.00

Manchester City vs Watford: Head-to-head

The Citizens have entirely dominated this match-up in the most recent history.

Manchester City have won each of last seven H2H ties with Watford.

Watford have failed to score a single goal in each of last three clashes with the Citizens.