PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Watford

Manchester City are back in action on Wednesday evening when they host Watford at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola and his team will be hoping to bounce back quickly from a dreadful result and performance away at Leicester at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Walter Mazzarri’s side won 3-2 at home to Everton on Saturday, a result which leaves them in 7th place in the Premier League.

City did the double over the Hornets last season. In August 2015, goals from Raheem Sterling (his first for the club) and Fernandinho gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side a 2-0 victory at the Etihad.

Then on the 2nd of January, City came from behind to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road thanks to a sumptuous Yaya Toure volley and an incredible looping Sergio Aguero header.

There haven’t been too many Premier League meetings between City and Watford over the years, but as this infographic courtesy of Premier League stats aficionados KickOff illustrates, the Blues have a very good record on their own ground in this fixture.

However, City are without a win at home since the 4-0 win over Bournemouth in September. Then again, Watford haven’t been great on their travels of late and if City can emulate Liverpool’s 6-1 mauling of them at Anfield, it’d come as a very welcome relief indeed.

But in terms of their respective form over the last 10 Premier League matches, there is very little to separate to the two teams.

Predicted City line-up:

Player to watch: Nolito

His goal-scoring cameo off the bench was one of the few positives to take from the Leicester defeat and, having also played well against Celtic last week, you’d expect him to be rewarded with a start in this one. If, as we’ve predicted, he plays in a more central or even ‘false 9’ role, it’d be the perfect time for him to demonstrate that he can be an able deputy to Sergio Aguero when required and his link up play with those around him is better than the inexperienced Kelechi Iheanacho’s at the moment.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Watford

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