With an important Champions League game coming up straight after this fixture, Pep can be forgiven for playing a few squad players this weekend. How many will he rest? Can he afford to rest any? Watford, on the other hand, have a fully fit squad to choose from as they look to cement seventh place with a positive result at the Etihad.
Manchester City vs Watford – Premier League 2018/19
Where is the match being played?
This weekend’s clash will be played at the Etihad Stadium.
What time does Man City vs Watford kick off?
Saturday 09 March 2019 at 17:30 GMT
Is the match on TV?
It is. You can watch the action live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD. If you can’t watch it live, catch the highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One on Saturday night.
Who is the referee?
Paul Tierney will be in charge of Manchester City vs Watford this weekend.
What are the Latest Odds?
Understandably, Manchester City are overwhelming favourites to win at odds of 1/7. Watford make look huge at 18/1, but it’s worth bearing in mind that they’ve never beating Manchester City in a Premier League match. The draw is available at 7/1.
There’s no value whatsoever in the Match Result market, so let’s leave that one well alone. Unless you think Watford can pull off a shock of course, then fill your boots.
The Asian handicap market could be the bet of choice in this one. Man City -2.75 has been priced up at 27/20, which is pretty good value when you consider that they’ve scored 22 goals in their last seven games against the Hornets. A win by three goals or more looks likely.
West Ham gave City a scare a couple of weeks ago at the Etihad, so Watford will look to emulate that performance by holding firm at the back for as long as possible. With that in mind, Draw/Man City in the half time/full time market looks tempting at 3/1. Pep’s side did have plenty of chances to score early against the Hammers, though, and you wouldn’t expect them to pass up too many opportunities to break the deadlock on Saturday. Ben Foster will need to be on top form.
What are the goalscorer odds?
The fact that Sergio Aguero is just 10/1 to bag a hat-trick this weekend will tell you that his price in the first and anytime goalscorer markets are going to be short. He 13/5 to score first, and extremely short at 8/13 to score at any point in the match.
Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez were the goalscorers for City in the reverse fixture, so if you fancy either of them to score on Saturday, their price is much better than Aguero’s. If they don’t start, you do get refunded if a goal goes in before they enter the fray, so there’s no need to worry about throwing money away.
Sane is 5/1 to notch the opener, 7/5 anytime. Mahrez is 9/2 to score first, 21/20 anytime.
What’s the Team News?
Aymeric Laporte is back in training! He won’t make this weekend, but he could well return after the International break, which is great news for Pep and Manchester City. Fernandinho will be missing once more, whereas Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, and John Stones are all struggling to shake of injuries before Saturday.
Javi Gracia, with Jose Holebas now back from suspension, has a fully fit and available squad to choose from.
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, B Silva, D Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Aguero
Watford Predicted XI: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Capoue, Cleverley, Doucoure, Sema, Deulofeu, Deeney
3-0. Even though they’ve got Schalke in midweek, they must win this won to stay on course for the title. They’ll come out of the blocks quickly, and Watford could struggle with the tempo early on. Watford’s only hope, in reality, is from a set piece. Expect City to win this one comfortably.
It’s difficult to find any sort of value in a match where there is a heavy favourite. City are 10/11 to win the match to nil, which looks too good to pass up.
Match Facts and Stats
- City have never lost a Premier League game against Watford. They've also won the last nine in a row against them in all competitions.
- Watford have lost 10 of their 11 away matches in the league against reigning champions.
- Man City have dropped just three points at home this season. That was in a 3-2 lost to Crystal Palace in December.