Last Tuesday saw Manchester City defeat West Brom 3-1 in what was an emotional farewell to City legend Pablo Zabaleta. The three points were won through goals by Jesus, De Bruyne and Toure.
Watford’s last game was a 4-3 loss at Stamford Bridge to champions Chelsea in a thrilling encounter which saw Janmaat, Capoue and Okoka score for The Hornets but wasn’t enough to land them the win.
Manchester City has won their last three games, all of which coming in a convincing fashion. Gabriel Jesus is in excellent form for the blues, scoring against West Brom and bagging six goals in seven starts. Guardiola rates Jesus highly and has stated that “he is the future”. He has also said that he “always thinks what would have happened to Gabriel Jesus had been with us all season”.
Watford’s are winless in five games but had won their previous three out of the four before they found themselves on this losing streak. Troy Deeney could pose a threat for The Hornets with him scoring ten goals this season. In addition, Etienne Capoue could be a danger providing chances, having completed 1116 passes with an 83% completion accuracy.
Last time Manchester City and Watford met the Blues overcame Watford in a 2-0 victory. With Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva scoring whilst Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling got the assists. Manchester City dominated the game with 63.4% possession, 13 shots and 501 passes. Watford only managing 36.6% possession 5 shots and 287 passes. City will be favourites going into the match.
Vincent Kompany could prove to be a key player for City, with the defence looking unconvincing in his absence. As soon as he retreated the pitch against Albion, we conceded and looked far more prone to mistakes.
Ilkay Gundogan, Claudio Bravo and Fabian Delph will all miss the match due to injury. Watford see Prodl, Kabasele, Cathcart, Kaboul, Zarate, and Pereyra all miss the match. The match will be refereed by Jonathan Moss.
Predicted line-ups: City- A 4-1-4-1 formation is expected with Caballero in goal, Otamendi and Kompany as a centre-back partnership with Clichy and Fernandinho as fullbacks, Touré lone in holding midfield, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane to occupy the wings with De Bruyne and Silva in their ‘free eight’ role, and Aguero up front.
Watford- They are expected to go for a 3-5-2 formation, with Gomes in net, Janmaat, Mariappa and Holebas in defence, Amrabat and Juan Zuniga are set to play as wing-backs with Cleverly, Doucouré, Capoue to occupy the centre. Deeney and Niang should be up top at Vicarage Road.
This game is essential to our Champions League qualification as a win will guarantee third, a draw and Liverpool win would get fourth, but a loss and an Arsenal win by a six-goal difference would set us back to the Europa League spots. Surely a win is on the cards with Watford not having much to play for and let’s hope City can pull through with three points on the last day of the season.