Insight and Analysis: Watford vs Manchester City Premier League 2021 Match Prediction.
Watford vs Manchester City Premier League 2021 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspension, Match Facts, Team News, Prediction and Where to Watch.
Watford showed hopeful signs before losing 2-1 to Chelsea on Wednesday night, continuing their dreadful run of games, with this match against Manchester City being their sixth in a row against previous Premier League (PL) champions!
Claudio Ranieri has every reason to be ‘proud’ of his team’s performance, but they’re now fighting for their lives.
Injury difficulties have hampered the ‘Hornets” preparations for this match against the reigning champions, and they’ve only won one of their last six home league matches (D1, L4).
In four of those, they succumbed within the first 30 minutes, and they haven’t beaten Man City in a competitive match since March 1989 (D2, L16)!
Man City are in a thrilling battle to maintain their title, with three points separating the top three heading into the round, and they had to fight hard to overcome Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday.
It was their fourth match in a row with exactly three goals, but their first in four competitive matches (W4) with more scoring in the first half than the second.
They may not need to race out of the blocks here because they have yet to concede a league away goal before halftime this season.
They’ve scored an average of 4.25 goals per game in their last four visits to Vicarage Road, so there’s plenty of room for goals to be scored.
Players to Watch
Emmanuel Dennis of Watford has five direct goal contributions (G3, A2) in his previous three Premier League appearances, with all three goals coming after the 40th minute.
Raheem Sterling’s four competitive goals this season have all come after that point, and no current Man City player has scored more than ten goals in this H2H match.
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Vicarage Road is the location (Watford)
Watford’s Adam Masina, Emmanuel Dennis, and Juraj Kucka all returned from injuries to play in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea, albeit the latter was forced off.
For Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa, both Jack Grealish and Phil Foden returned to the first-team squad, but only the former started.
Kevin De Bruyne, who has only recently returned from COVID-19, was left out in midweek and may only make the bench here.
John Stones, Kyle Walker, and Ilkay Gundogan were not in the starting lineup on Wednesday, but they should all be in the matchday lineup here.
Aymeric Laporte has returned from suspension and is expected to retake his starting spot from Nathan Ake for Saturday’s match against Watford.
In all competitions, Man City has won the last 13 meetings with Watford.
In their last 13 games against Watford in all competitions, Man City has netted at least two goals.
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in each of Watford’s last eight games against Man City in all competitions.
In 8 of their last 9 matches against Watford in all competitions, Man City has won both halftime and fulltime.
In six of their last seven encounters, Man City has won both halftime and fulltime (Premier League).
In all competitions, Man City has preserved a clean sheet in their last three matches against Watford.
In seven of their last eight games, Man City has scored at least two goals (Premier League).
In Watford’s last three games, there have been more than 2.5 goals scored (Premier League).
In Man City’s last three games, there have been more than 2.5 goals scored (Premier League).
Watford were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at Chelsea on Wednesday, but they should be encouraged by another strong performance against one of the league’s elite clubs.
Manchester City appeared to be in perfect control against Aston Villa in midweek, but they were forced to fight for a 2-1 victory at Villa Park.
In the last three games between the two teams, City has scored 18 goals without reply.
Watford have improved under Claudio Ranieri, but a huge defeat is still a possibility.
Where to Watch
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