Manchester City welcomes Watford
Manchester City welcomes Watford at the Etihad Stadium with only one thought in mind – to bounce back after the surprising defeat against Norwich City at the Carrow Road. Because of this loss, City are now five points behind the leader Liverpool. Let’s talk a little bit about this game on Saturday in our English Premier League predictions.
Nobody really expected that Manchester City are going to lose against Norwich City, but it happened. The champions conceded three times in this game, so even Kun Aguero’s and Rodri’s goals didn’t help them to avoid the loss.
City showed their qualities again during the week when Guardiola’s team travelled to Ukraine and faced Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. The Cityzens were merciless and enjoyed a confident 3-0 win, thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus. In this game Guardiola rested Sergio Aguero and David Silva, keeping them fresh for the next match.
Manchester City’s biggest problems at the moment are the injuries of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, which leaves Guardiola with not many defenders on his disposal. Against Shakhtar Fernandinho partnered Nicolas Otamendi in defense.
For Watford this is going to be a first away game since they sacked the manager Javi Gracia and appointed Quique Sanchez Flores at his place. Sanchez Flores already made his second debut for the club, winning a point after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Vicarage Road.
Watford found themselves two goals down after two strikes from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but at the second half they managed to score twice and equalise. Tom Cleverley put the Hornets back in the game, whie Roberto Pereyra from a penalty kick secured the point for Watford.
We won’t lie to you in our English Premier League predictions – we believe that Manchester City are a very big favourite against Watford on Saturday. After their defeat at the Carrow Road, the Cityzens don’t have any room for mistakes right now.