Manchester City v Watford preview: Quartet miss out through injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 08 March 2019 19:46


Manchester City v Watford preview: Quartet miss out through injuryStones, Laporte, Fernandinho and De Bruyne unavailable for Hornets clash

Manchester City vs Watford

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 9th March 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: A Holmes, E Smart Fourth Official: C Kavanagh

Odds: City 1/6, Draw 8/1, Watford 18/1

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Mendy, Otamendi, Sandler, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: De Bruyne, Stones, Fernandinho, Laporte

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWW

Watford

Manager: Javi Gracia

Squad (from): Gomes, Foster, Dahlberg, Janmaat, Britos, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Navarro, Holebas, Kabasele, Cleverly, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray

Injured: None

Doubtful: Femenia

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLW

John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne will all miss the visit of Watford through injury. Laporte has returned to training, but manager Pep Guardiola confirmed in Friday's press conference that he won't be risked. Guardiola, meanwhile, was fulsome in his praise of his opposite number, who has guided the Hornets to eight place in the Premier League.

"It’s one of our toughest of the nine games left. Quality one against one.

"The manager is incredible, Javi Gracia, with what he has done, they achieve a lot of points.

"But it’s the last game before 21 days without Premier League and the international break.

"It’s a few games before end of Premier League and it’s massive for us to take our points."

City's last home game against Watford ended in a 3-1 victory, with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero scoring for the Blues, along with an own goal from Christian Kabasele. Overall City have won 16 of the 27 games played against Watford, with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 2 Watford 1

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