Manchester City vs Watford Preview

March 9, 2019
By: Deke Hardman

Premier League

Saturday’s Premier League action concludes at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City take on Watford.

The champions moved to the top of the table after edging past Bournemouth last weekend and can extend their lead over Liverpool to four points with another victory here, with the Reds hosting Burnley in Sunday’s early kick-off.

After somewhat of a wobble in December, Pep Guardiola’s side have won nine of their last ten league fixtures – form that has seen them installed as odds-on favourites to retain the title.

Kevin De Bruyne will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury at the Vitality Stadium a week ago, with Fernandinho and John Stones also sidelined though Aymeric Laporte could return having missed the last two fixtures.

Sergio Aguero, who has ten career goals against Watford so far is unsurprisingly favourite to open the scoring at 3.7 (27/10) with Bet Victor, with Raheem Sterling a 5.1 (41/10) chance with Unibet.

The hosts are firms favourites to for the win at 1.17 (1/6) with a variety of firms, with the visitors as highly priced as the 19.0 (18/1) on offer from some bookmakers. The draw can be backed at 9.0 (8/1) with Unibet.

Javi Gracia’s side go in to the game on the back of last weekend’s 2-1 win over Leicester City – their third win in four league games.

They will move into seventh place if they are to defy the odds and avoid defeat with Wolverhampton Wanders, who go in to the weekend above them on goal difference, at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Kiko Femenia and Sebastian Prodl have both returned to fitness, meaning that Gracia has a fully fit squad at his disposal.

Troy Deeney is priced at 17.0 (16/1) to get the first goal of the game with Betfred, with Andre Gray an 18.0 (17/1) chance with Unibet.

The Citizens have averaged four goals in each of their last four appearances against the Hornets, who haven’t won in this fixture for almost thirty-two years, so you may be tempted to back them to get over 3.5 this time around at 2.5 (6/4) with Sky Bet.

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