Aguero and Fernandinho remain suspended for Hornets clash
Manchester City vs Watford
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 14th December 2016
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: D Cann, D Eaton Fourth Official: M Clattenburg
Odds: City 3/10, Draw 5/1, Watford 10/1
Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk
TV: Match of the Day
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Clichy, Kolarov, Maffeo, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernando, Garcia, Gundogan, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Toure, Iheanacho, Nolito
Suspended: Aguero, Fernandinho
Form guide: LDLWDW
Manager: Walter Mazzarri
Squad (from): Gomes, Pantilimon, Arlauskis, Britos, Prodl, Paredes, Holebas, Doucoure, Behrami, Amrabat, Watson, Capoue, Deeney, Ighalo, Sinclair, Kabalese, Success, Zuniga, Kaboul, Pereyra, Guediora, Janmaat, Okaka
Injured: Cathcart, Mariappa, Kenedy, Dja Djedje
Doubtful: Behrami, Kaboul
Form guide: WLLWLW
Vincent Kompany remains sidelined with a knee injury, but Nicolas Otamendi returns from a one-match ban. Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero are still suspended following red cards against Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola is wary of the threat posed by Walter Mazzarri's side, and has warned his players to expect a tough battle:
“They can play with five or four at the back,” he said. “They have really good strikers – all three, I love them. They are really good on set pieces, especially the left side.
“They are confident. They won at home against many good teams. It’s not that different from the Leicester, or Stoke City or West Brom games; it’s just changing a bit the quality of the players.
“So West Brom is quite similar in terms of the quality of the strikers as Watford. They will play long balls to the strikers, win the duels, put in crosses – that is what I think is going to happen.
“We have to improve our results. The way we have to solve this, I know what I want to do to try to get it right.”
City's last home game against Watford ended in a 2-0 victory, with Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 11 of the 22 games played against Watford, with 5 draws and 6 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernando, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Iheanacho
Score prediction: City 2 Watford 1