Manchester City vs Watford preview: Defensive trio a doubt for visit of Hornets

By Ric Turner, Fri 22 April 2022 14:36

Manchester City vs Watford preview: Defensive trio a doubt for visit of HornetsJohn Stones, Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker will be assessed tomorrow with Guardiola expected to rotate his squad

Manchester City vs Watford

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 23rd April 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: A Holmes, S Beck Fourth Official: J Moss VAR: L Mason

Odds: City 1/10, Draw 9/1, Watford 25/1

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TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, McAtee, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Injured: Walker

Doubtful: Ake, Stones

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WDDLW


Manager: Roy Hodgson

Squad (from): Foster, Bachmann, Elliot, Ngakia, Rose, Troost-Ekong, Masina, Nkoulou, Kamara, Cathcart, Femenia, Smir, Kabasele, Sierralta, Etebo, Louza, Cleverley, Sema, Gosling, Sissoko, Pussetto, Kucka, Bahh, Kayembe, King, Pedro, Sarr, Dennis, Kalu

Injured: Hernandez

Doubtful: Carvallo, Kalu, Troost-Ekong, Baah, Nkolou

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLLL

Defensive trio John Stones, Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker are injury doubts for the visit of Watford, and will be assessed tomorrow morning.

Ake and Stones were both withdrawn against Brighton midweek, whilst Walker sustained an ankle injury against Atletico Madrid. There were fears that the right-back could be sidelined for some time, although Pep Guardiola offered an encouraging update at his press conference on Friday.

“He is getting better,” said the manager.

“We will see tomorrow.

“[John had] a niggle. Little problems, like Nathan. Today we make an assessment, tomorrow we decide.”

Guardila is expected to rotate tomorrow, with one eye on the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening, and admitted that he is having to carefully manage his squad at this stage of the season.

“When you have just three days the day after the game the guys who didn't play train properly, the others refresh for tomorrow,” he added.

“We try to avoid extra energy and keep it for the right time. We finished the game [Brighton] at 10pm and we play at 3pm tomorrow. I

“In that time it’s just [about] refreshing the head.”

City drew their last home game against Watford 8-0, with David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva (3) netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 21 of the 32 games played against the Hornets, with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden, Sterling

Score prediction: City 3 Watford 0