Watford come into this game after getting beaten very convincingly by Liverpool, 5-0 and looking to respond in a fixture with the same level of difficulty.
Watford’s away record is quite decent in all competitions this season with 20 games played and only 5 losses but the major concern is they’ve not picked up any points against the top 6 on their travels.
Manchester City’s record against Watford is astounding with them yet to lose a game at home to Watford in the club’s history and scoring 2 or more goals in 6 of the 7 meetings. Sergio Aguero has scored 8 goals in his last 7 Premier League appearances and to make matters worse for the Hornets, he’s scored a remarkable 10 goals in his last 6 games against them including 2 hat tricks.
If you take Aguero’s form out of the equation, City’s usual goalscoring suspects are unusually out of form with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling scoring 0 and 1 goal in their last 7 games respectively.
On the injury front, City are currently plagued with first team injures with Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and John Stones all sidelined. Aymeric Laporte has returned to training during the week and Pep made it clear he was unsure on his status for the game. Watford have got a full-strength side with no injury concerns or suspensions to note.
Troy Deeney has started hitting form with 3 goals in his last 3 taking him to 8 for the season as he goes in search of his third double digit season. Gerard Deulofeu is also having his best Premier League campaign yet picking up 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games but this City defence is a completely different challenge in comparison to what was a shambolic Cardiff back line.
Manchester City’s bonkers home form is likely to continue, the bookies are considering them a 1/8 favourite aswell so it’s quite hard to find any proper value in the betting markets but there’s one that has caught the eye:
Sergio Aguero to score 2 or more goals is generally available @2/1.