Preview - Manchester City vs Watford 10 March 19

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Match Day 30
Manchester City vs. Watford
Sunday, March 10th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.62
Average goals against per match: 0.69
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (18)

Watford:
Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.41
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Troy Deeney ( 8 )


Having looked to be up against it only recently, Manchester City have now wrested control of the title race away from Liverpool and once again have their destiny in their own hands. They are only one point ahead of the Reds though and will be looking to keep up the pressure with a win here as eighth placed Watford pay a visit to the Etihad.


City won the reverse of this fixture, but only narrowly, with a 2-1 success at Vicarage Road. They also ran out 3-1 winners in this game last season.


Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte and Claudio Bravo are all out for City. Watford certainly hold the edge in this regard as they head into the game with a fully fit squad from which to select.


City are rolling along nicely now with nine wins in their past ten in the league, keeping clean sheets in each of their last four. They have been near perfect at home, with 14 wins from 15, scoring three or more in ten of those games.


Watford were battered 5-0 at Liverpool in their most recent away game and will be keen to avoid anything similar here. They have avoided defeat in ten of their 15 on the road to date, but have come up short at Tottenham, Arsenal and - as mentioned - Liverpool.


Watford can get amongst the goals on the road - scoring two or more seven times already this season. It's debatable whether they will see enough of the ball to do so here though. Those midfield absentees for City are a big miss, but they still ought to be picking up the points here.







Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 1 Watford

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  19 - 2
Shots on target: 9 - 1
Corner Kicks: 9 - 11
Possession: 71% - 29%


Just the one booking for each side in this one with referee Paul Tierney taking the names of Kyle Walker of Manchester City and Tom Cleverley of Watford.


Another day, another dominant display from Manchester City who are looking like they are going to take some dislodging from the Premier League summit. It did take then a while to break the deadlock, but they ran out comfortable - and deserved - winners in the end.


It was attack against defence in the first half, but City weren't able to find the net. Sergio Agüero coming closest when heading only narrowly wide.


It took only one minute for City to hit the front after the break. Although the goal probably shouldn't have been given. Raheem Sterling was onside when Ilkay Gundogan played the ball through, but offside when Agüero chested into his path in the left of the area. The flag went up but the referee overruled it. Nice finish into the right hand side from Sterling.


No controversy about the second which arrived just four minutes later. David Silva's incisive ball finding Riyad Mahrez in the right of the area. His cross from towards the by-line allowing Sterling to tap in from close range.


Nine minutes later Sterling completed a rapid-fire hattrick. David Silva with another defence splitting ball. This time to Sterling in the left of the area. The England man drifting inside across two markers and firing low and in from around seven yards.


Watford did grab a consolation in the 66th minute. A long ball forward from Ben Foster being flicked on into the area by Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu beating the outrushing keeper to the ball to slot in from ten yards. 3-1 final score.


City stay top but only one point clear of Liverpool. No change for Watford who remain in eighth spot.






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