Man City vs Watford
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Manchester City will host Watford at the Etihad Stadium, on Saturday, 23 April 2022. Here you have everything to know about Man City vs Watford, kickoff time, preview, team news, possible lineup, prediction, and watch info.

It will be a must-win English Premier League battle for Pep Guardiola’s side to lead the title race as Liverpool is only a point behind them. Manchester City fans can expect an easy win against the Hornets who are deep into the relegation zone.

Manchester City vs. Watford: When and Where?

Man City vs. Watford is set to kickoff at 3:00 pm UK time, which is 2:00 pm GMT, and 10:00 am ET. The Blues will host this match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Match Preview

Manchester City are currently at the top of the English Premier League table, with 77 points in 32 matches. They have the title race in their hands with 6 matches to go. As Liverpool are right on their tail with 76 points in 32 matches, Man City cannot afford to lose points against a weaker Watford side.

Though the Blues have been defeated in the FA Cup semi-finals by 3-2 goals against Liverpool, they still have chances to win the EPL title and the Champions League this season. Pep’s side will host the first leg of the UCL semi-finals against Real Madrid, on 26 April.

Goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, and Bernardo Silva in their 3-0 goals win over Brighton, in midweek, restored their lead at the top of the table. Before that, Liverpool climbed up to the top by 4-0 goals win over Man United.

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Pep Guardiola will look forward to winning this match comfortably without suffering any injury before the UCL clash.

On the other hand, the Hornets find themselves deep into the relegation zone, at the 19th place, 7 points behind safety with playing a match more. Watford have won only one match in their last 5, 1-2 goals against Southampton. They have been defeated in their last 3 matches, 2-0 to Liverpool, 0-3 to Leeds United, and 1-2 to Brentford. Roy Hodgson’s men need a miracle if they want to steal any points against Manchester City.

Manchester City vs. Watford: Stats, H2H, Last Meeting

Manchester City visited Vicarage Road for a 1-3 goals win over Watford, in December. Raheem Sterling headed in from close range to give City the lead 4 minutes into the match. Then, Bernardo Silva brace secured a comfortable win for the Citizens before Cucho Hernandez pulled a consolation goal for the home side.

The Citizens have won the last 14 matches against Watford in all competitions. Watford have lost 11 out of last 12 away meetings against City in all competitions, and drawn one. Watford have lost 22 matches out of 32 they have played in the EPL this season, highest among all the teams.

Man City vs. Watford h2h meetings are as follows.

  • Manchester City wins 21
  • Draw 5
  • Watford wins 6

Man City vs. Watford Team News and Possible Lineup

There are some injury concerns in the Man City backline. Kyle Walker twisted his ankle against Atletico Madrid in the UCL quarter-finals and missed the last two matches. Nathan Ake and John Stones picked up knocks in the last match against Brighton and left the field. They are doubtful against Watford. Ruben Dias may start alongside Aymeric Laporte in the defense. Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, and Riyad Mahrez should be crucial to get goals and assists in this match.

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On the other hand, Troost Ekong did full training before the match. He is expected to start the match in the Watford backline.

Manchester City Possible Lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling

Watford Possible Lineup (4-3-3): Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Samir, Kamara; Louza, Sissoko, Kucka; Sarr, Pedro, Dennis

Score Prediction

The top team in the EPL table is expected to bag 3 points easily against the second last side Watford. The Hornets have conceded 13 goals in their last 5 matches. So, goals are coming in this match.

Our experts predict a comfortable win for Man City over Watford.

  • Score Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Watford

Where to Watch Man City vs. Watford?

Man City vs Watford will not be broadcast in the UK. Though you can watch the highlights at 10:30 pm BST on Saturday night on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

In the United States, you can enjoy this match via the USA Network. For watching the live stream, you can use Peacock. This match will be available in the Middle East via beIN Sports.

The kickoff time is set at 3:00 pm UK time, which is 2:00 pm GMT, and 10:00 am ET, on Saturday, for Man City and Watford clash at the Etihad Stadium.

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