Manchester City v Watford Prediction, Betting Tips and Previews

December 31, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Etihad Stadium

Manchester City look to continue their Premier League winning streak into the new year as they host Watford on Tuesday. With just one win in December, the Hornets will have to come up with something special to stop their opponents.

Past Meetings

Watford fans look away now, as their side hasn't beaten City since 1989, in a League 2 match. The sides' last two meetings have been 5-0 and 6-0 victories for Guardiola's side, including a hattrick from Aguero earlier this season.

Team News

With Vincent Kompany back from injury, left-back Benjamin Mendy is the only player missing for the citizens, having been out most of the season.

Watford will be able to welcome back Troy Deeney from suspension, after their Captain's red card back against Huddersfield. However Marco Silva will still be without Tommie Hoban, Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathart and Kiko Femenia all of whom are long-term absentees.

Manchester City v Watford Preview and Prediction

The Manchester City juggernaut steamed on through the festive period, brushing teams aside like they have done in the first half of the season. 15 points clear by the turn of the year, many have already conceded that City have the league in their pockets.

Guardiola will be keep to avoid standards slipping, and can match the Arsenal 'Invincibles' unbeaten season if his side keeps up their incredible play. Against Watford, the manager may be tempted to rest some of his more senior players, but, given the Citizen's squad depth, this is unlikely to impact the standard of play.

Having played extremely well in the first few months, Watford's form has dramatically slipped recently. With just four points from a possible 21 in December, fans will be wondering what happened to the side that was briefly in the top four earlier this season.

It doesn't help that the goals have dried up for forward players, with the formerly prolific Richarlison on a barren spell stretching back to November, and just 3/1 to score anytime. There was turbulence around the club back in November , with the manager's future cast into doubt, which also may have impacted on Watford's form.

If the side are to get anything from the Etihad, they will have to cast any doubt about recent for from their minds, and dig in for an offensive onslaught.

Recommended Bets

Man City over 3.5 goals at 17/10

Watford have the third worst defence in the league and City the best attack, so the league leaders could well fill their boots here.

Gabriel Jesus to score first at 29/10

Aguero may get a rest, giving the young Brazilian a chance. In previous outings. Jesus has impressed and could do so again against the Hornets.

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