Watford vs Manchester City: Manchester City have dropped only 4 points this season & have looked ever so ominous. Pep Guardiola’s City was scoring goals in plenty last year also, but the defence this year has gotten stronger. Aymeric Laporte has upped his game to a nicety & has held City’s rearguard to a remarkable solidity. Watford are 10th on the league table. The Hornets were cruising in the first quarter of the league, but in the last 4 games, they’ve managed only a solitary point. Javi Gracia will be up against one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. To hold them to a parity or to go one step better & beating them will require a special effort from his players.
City play Chelsea on the weekend and that might force Pep to rest his match winners. While Watford have to go full throttle to upset the league leaders. Watford vs Manchester City is unquestionably going to be a humdinger. Which side are you rooting for?
Venue: Vicarage Road, Watford
Kick-Off: 5th December 2018, 1:30 am IST
Sergio Aguero missed the Bournemouth triumph & will be assessed for the Watford game. Oleksandr Zinchenko after gashing his nose in the last fixture will also be examined.
Kevin de Bruyne’s still recovering a ligament damage. Benjamin Mendy & Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees.
Tom Cleverley is nearing a return but the game against City will prove to be too soon. Etienne Capoue was shown a direct red in the previous game and will miss City’s fixture.
Daryl Janmaat & Adalberto Penaranda are also doubtful.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Ederson(gk), Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez/Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus
Ben Foster(gk), Kiko Femenia, Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele, Adam Masina, Abdoulaye Docoure, Nathaniel Chalobah, Roberto Pereyra, Phil Hughes, Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Gabriel Jesus has been the second choice striker for City. After his goal against Huddersfield in the 2nd game, the Brazilian striker hasn’t scored in 279 Premier League minutes. Gabriel scored a hattrick in the champions league fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk and with Sergio Aguero not completely fit, he’s expected to start against Watford. With Sterling and Sane on the right & left wing respectively, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to net some goals.
Roberto Pereyra has been Watford’s highest goal scorer this year. The Argentinian midfielder has got pace and his solo goal against Huddersfield was a validation for his dribbling abilities. In 14 games, Pereyra has scored 5 goals and will the Watford’s player to watch out for. He’ll be up against Fernandinho, Stones & Laporte and not many teams have managed to breach that defence.
FANFIGHT FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAMS FOR WATFORD vs MANCHESTER CITY
The two teams have met 26 times in all competitions, City winning 15 of them including the last 8.
Since the start of the previous season, Leroy Sane has provided more assists in the Premier League than any other player(20).
The Blues are unbeaten in the last 13 fixtures against the Hornets. Their last defeat occurring in March 1989. A 1-0 Division Two reverse.
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