Manchester City vs Watford FC Premier League Match Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions
Manchester City is set to play against Watford at home at the Etihad Stadium. Oddsmakers opened the Manchester City as -967 Moneyline favorites versus the Watford, while the game's total opened at 4.
|Manchester City 3-1-1||Lines||Watford 0-2-3|
Manchester City -967
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City were on the wrong end of one of the shocks of the season last weekend when they were turned over by Norwich in a dramatic five-goal thriller at Carrow Road.
Manchester City bounced back strongly following their shock defeat to Norwich by winning 3-0 in Ukraine. It was a very impressive performance by the Sky Blues as they controlled 54% of the possession and completed close to 700 passes at an accuracy of over 90%. Manchester City had 18 shots which Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan scoring goals.
City scored three times without reply at the Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist, once again flexing their considerable attacking muscle. Guardiola’s men have now scored three or more goals in four of their last six fixtures in all competitions.
Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in seven appearances against Watford in all competitions, including hat-tricks in January 2014 in the FA Cup and September 2017 in the league. Aguero has scored in his last six Premier League appearances - the last player to score in seven in a row was Romelu Lukaku for Everton in December 2015.
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Watford have had a poor start to the season and they have already changed their manager. The Hornets were fortunate in their previous match as they managed a 2-2 draw against a disorganized Arsenal side.
The Hornets fought their way back from two goals down against Arsenal to rescue a draw at Vicarage Road last week, however, their performances and results in matches away to the division’s “Big 6” make for some pretty grim reading.
Watford were beaten in each of their last 15 away games against the Premier League’s top six clubs, and we expect the Hornets to struggle again at the home of one of the big boys on Saturday. Watford still look to be struggling as they only have 2 points from 5 games and are bottom of the ladder. Traveling to the Etihad Stadium is always a tough task but considering their recent form, it is hard to see how Watford got a result from this match.
Watford have lost each of their last 15 Premier League away games against established top-six teams by an aggregate score of 9-45. Their last such victory was against Arsenal at the Emirates in January 2017.
The Picks: Manchester City -967 - Under 4
|Manchester City vs Watford Stats|
|Manchester City have won their last 11 meetings with Watford in all competitions, scoring at least twice in each game (38 goals in total).|
|Watford’s run of 11 successive defeats in all competitions against Man City is their joint-longest such run against any opponent – they also lost 11 in a row vs Man Utd between 1987-2016.|
|Only against West Brom (14 between April 2012-January 2018) have Manchester City had a longer winning run against an opponent than their current run of 11 against Watford.|
|Watford have lost each of their last 15 Premier League away games against ‘big six’ teams by an aggregate score of 9-45, with their last such victory coming against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in January 2017 (2-1).|
|Manchester City’s 2-3 loss at Norwich City on MD5 was their first Premier League defeat in 19 matches – they last lost consecutively in the competition in December 2018 (vs Crystal Palace & Leicester City). However, the Citizens have won 20 of their last 22 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (W20 D1 L1).|
|Watford are winless in the Premier League so far this season (W0 D2 L3) and have only failed to win any of their opening six games to a league season on eight previous occasions, with the last coming in the 2006-07 Premier League campaign in which they ended the season in bottom place.|
|Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his seven appearances against Watford in all competitions, including netting hat-tricks in January 2014 (FA Cup) and September 2017 (Premier League).|
|Sergio Aguero has scored in his last six Premier League appearances – the last player to score in seven in a row in the competition was Romelu Lukaku in December 2015 whilst playing for Everton.|
|Raheem Sterling has scored eight goals in seven appearances against Watford in all competitions, including his first ever goal for Manchester City in August 2015, and a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season.|