Manchester City v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Manchester City v Watford

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Saturday, September 21, 2019


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

It is no surprise that Manchester City start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel the corners market is where there is opportunity as Bet365 are offering generous odds of evens (1/1) for over 10 corners. You could lower the risk and go with over 9 corners at 8/13 and this is a result that has materialised in their last five games. City are usually dominant in the game and backing them at a handicap of -5 at 5/6 is also great value, since they have beaten Watford by six corners or more in all their games last season and the season before.

Manchester City host Watford at the Etihad Stadium with the champions desperate to get back to winning ways and close the gap on leaders Liverpool. Watford will be looking to avenge their FA Cup Final defeat last season and get the first victory for manager Enrique Sanchez Flores since his return.

Manchester City come into this game having suffered a shock defeat away at Norwich City. Goals from Kenny Mclean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki helped secure the points in what was a dramatic game. City were woeful defensively and practically gifted goals, none more so than the calamity that befell Nicolas Otamendi who was closed down near his own goal and robbed of the ball before it was squared to the goalscorer Pukki. Guardiola has a real defensive dilemma as he was forced to play Fernandinho in central defence against Shakhtar with the team needing to get through to the January transfer window before they can make any additions. On a positive note, the attacking prowess of the team will mean that most of the game is played in the opposition half and the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have started the season well and looked sharp throughout. How they will fare against top opposition will be interesting to see, especially the tactics Pep deploys to keep teams out.

Watford have made a poor start to the season and currently sit at the bottom of the league table. Despite losing their first three league games, they turned things around in the League Cup by beating Coventry 3-0 and then drew against Newcastle and Arsenal. The return of Enrique Sanchez Flores seems to have had a galvanising effect on the team who came from 2-0 down to secure a point against the Gunners. Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra both scored to the delight of the fans and they will be hoping they can recreate the efforts of Norwich to spring yet another shock.

In team news, John Stones has joined his defensive partner Aymeric Laporte on the treatment table and is expected to be out for five weeks. Laporte unfortunately is out for six months leaving Guardiola short of defensive cover, especially after the departure of Vincent Kompany. Fernandinho is expected to slot into central defence as he did in midweek. Guardiola is likely to welcome Phil Foden back into the squad after he missed the trip to Ukraine with Sergio Aguero pushing to be reinstated into the starting lineup in place of Gabriel Jesus.

Watford will continue to be without Craig Cathcart and captain Troy Deeney who continues to recover from knee surgery. Flores could go with much of the same side that secured a point against Arsenal as they travel to the Etihad.

In meetings between these two sides, Manchester City have been completely dominant over the years and you have to go back to the Old Division One to see the last time Watford beat their opponents. City have been ruthless at times winning all three games last season including the 6-0 hammering they handed out in the FA Cup Final. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling both bagged a brace with contributions from David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne rounding off the scoring.

Punter's Pick

It is no surprise that Manchester City start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel the corners market is where there is opportunity as Bet365 are offering generous odds of evens (1/1) for over 10 corners. You could lower the risk and go with over 9 corners at 8/13 and this is a result that has materialised in their last five games. City are usually dominant in the game and backing them at a handicap of -5 at 5/6 is also great value, since they have beaten Watford by six corners or more in all their games last season and the season before.

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