Watford v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

May 17, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday May 21 – Vicarage Road – Premier League

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City travel to Watford on the closing day of the Premier League, knowing that a win would secure a top four spot.

Past Meetings

City have a brilliant record in this fixture, winning there last five Premier League meetings against the Hornets. Watford’s last win against the Blues came way back in in 1987 in the old First Division.

Team News

Watford boss Walter Mazzari has a number of selection issues ahead of the visit of Manchester City. Defender Sebastian Prodl is suspended following his red card against Chelsea.

Fellow defenders Craig Cathcart and Miguel Britos are highly doubtful with knee and calf injuries respectively, and both will undergo late fitness tests.

Christian Kabasele, Roberto Pereyra, Younes Kaboul and Mauro Zarate are all out until next season through injury.

City have no fresh injury issues ahead of their final game of 2016-17, and Guardiola is likely to name an unchanged team from their win over West Brom.

Ilkay Gundogan, Claudio Bravo and Fabian Delph are out for the remainder of the season through long term injury.

Watford v Manchester City Preview and Predictions

With Watford’s Premier League safety assured they have had little to play for during their recent games, and their performances and results have reflected that.

Given the issues they have in defence, as well as the firepower at City disposal, the Hornets could be in for a long afternoon on Sunday.

City should comfortably see off this limited Watford side, with an away win priced at 2/5.

Given the fact that City still have plenty to play for, they are unlikely to leave much to chance and will keep their foot firmly on the attacking gas, to ensure that a win is secured with minimum fuss.

With Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva set to line up in attack goals are virtually guaranteed, and an over 2.5 goals bet is 3/4.

Recommended Bets

Manchester City to win 3-0 at 9/1

City will be focused on the task of putting Watford to the sword and confirming their place in the Champions League, and they have been in ruthless mood going forward in recent weeks.

Jesus to score anytime at 8/11

Brazilian youngster Jesus has been in electric form for City following his January move from Palmeiras, scoring six goals in nine Premier League games. His pace and directness will be a real concern for Watford.

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