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Watford vs Manchester City team news and predicted line-ups ahead of Premier League fixture today

·2 min read
Man City are looking to keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League (Getty Images)
Man City are looking to keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League (Getty Images)

Manchester City started the season with a defeat to Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but since then they have shown title-winning form.

Just one defeat in their subsequent 13 matches has seen them leap up the Premier League table to just one point behind leaders Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola’s men are on the charge and a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford is not something the defending champions will be fearful of despite Claudio Ranieri’s men putting up a valiant effort in their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday.

City are beginning to look as formidable as ever and they are expected to secure an eighth successive win this evening.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match today.

When is Watford vs Manchester City?

The match will kick off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday, 4 December.

How can I watch it?

Watford vs Manchester City will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Subscribers can stream the game live online via the Sky Sports website and Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

What is the team news?

Watford are set to be without Adam Masina after he came off for Danny Rose in the 12th minute of their defeat to Chelsea. Ranieri’s long-term absentees include Ismaila Sarr, Peter Etebo, Kwadwo Baah, Ben Foster and Nicolas N’Koulou.

Man City are still without Ferran Torres due to injury, while Kevin de Bruyne is unlikely to have recovered in time from coronavirus. Aymeric Laporte returns from suspension, with Phil Foden and Jack Grealish hoping to start after being deemed fit for the bench in the win over Aston Villa.

Predicted line-ups

Watford: Bachmann; Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Rose; Kucka; Dennis, Sissoko, Cleverley, Pedro; King

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Sterling, Grealish

Odds

Watford - 15/1

Draw - 34/5

Man City - 23/100

Prediction

The Man City train is beginning to gain momentum as they look to secure their seventh successive victory in a row. Watford were impressive in their win over Manchester United but were then undone by Leicester. They put in an excellent display against Chelsea despite losing 2-1, but very few teams on the planet can live with how City are playing at the moment. 3-1 Man City.

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