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Manchester City vs Watford Prediction & Betting tips
At Manchester City they had the whole week to prepare for the Saturday night match in the Premier League against Watford. In the Etihad Stadium, the new league-leader has to beat Watford if after this weekend it also wants to stand at the top of the Premier League.
Manchester City is again the leader of the Premier League and The Citizens have one point ahead of Liverpool after last weekend. Actually, the gap is two points in favor of Manchester City; the target balance of The Citizens is a lot better. Where they almost certainly knew last season at this time at Manchester City that they would become champions, that is not the case now. Liverpool is a solid competitor and it is possible that the championship in the Premier League will only be decided in the final round. Manchester City and Liverpool do not give each other enough space in the title fight and that makes it all the more interesting.
Where Liverpool lost points last weekend in the Merseyside Derby there they did their duty at Manchester City against Bournemouth: The Citizens won 0-1 from The Cherries and took the lead from Liverpool. Although Manchester City scored only once in the Vitality Stadium, the final result did not fully reflect the proportions on the pitch. The Pep Guardiola team had a mere 82 percent of the ball from Bournemouth to 23 shots. The only goal of the game came in the name of Riyad Mahrez, who only made his sixth league goal of the season. On the one hand, these are few goals on Mahrez terms, on the other hand, the competition in the City attack is so great that the Algerian also started eleven matches in the base at The Citizens. There is also the big difference between Manchester City and Liverpool: The Citizens have in attacking so many more options than The Reds and that can be decisive.
Recently Watford lost with no chance 5-0 from Liverpool. The Hornets will therefore travel to the Etihad Stadium with little confidence and especially hope that they have a bad day at Manchester City. Only then can Watford possibly pull a draw from the fire in Manchester. Nevertheless, the Watford of Javi Gracia is certainly not underestimated. The Hornets are in eighth place in the Premier League and have been performing well for the whole season. What’s more, Watford is also in the quarter finals of the FA Cup and that is also a big performance for Gracia and his team.
After the 5-0 loss at Liverpool, Watford came into action once more in the Premier League. That happened last weekend when the home match with Leicester City was on the program. The Hornets won 2-1 vs. Leicester City, although the first goal from Troy Deeney was completely unjustly approved. The thirty-year-old striker was obviously an out of the game and as if Watford were not lucky enough to play Leicester City, The Hornets also managed to make the deciding goal of the game in extra time. However, it meant for Watford that the three of the last four games were won and that are as many victories as The Hornets in the fifteen games before booked in the Premier League.
Manchester City vs Watford head to head matches
04.12.18 PL Watford Manchester City 1 : 2
02.01.18 PL Manchester City Watford 3 : 1
16.09.17 PL Watford Manchester City 0 : 6
21.05.17 PL Watford Manchester City 0 : 5
14.12.16 PL Manchester City Watford 2 : 0