Riyad Mahrez’s winner at Bournemouth last weekend handed the advantage to Pep Guardiola’s champions in the title race as they moved a point clear of Liverpool at the top. City have been in ominous form of late, winning five league fixtures in succession.
Watford have their eyes on securing European football for the first time 1983/84 after an impressive campaign under Javi Gracia.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s clash at The Etihad.
Manchester City: WWWWW
Perfect form across their past five fixtures for Guardiola’s side, Liverpool’s stuttering form allowing City to close the gap and overtake The Reds at the top. City now lead the title race by a single point as the Premier League heads towards its conclusion, and few would bet against the champions defending their title.
Sergio Agüero has been in sensational form across February, notching hat-tricks in wins against both Arsenal and Chelsea to level Alan Shearer’s record for the most trebles in Premier League history. The Argentine now leads the race for the Golden Boot with 18, one clear of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Despite injuries to key players Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho in recent weeks, City have shown little signs of faltering.
It’s been an impressive campaign for Javi Gracia’s men, who sit behind Wolves only on goal difference in the race to finish ‘best of the rest’ outside the Premier League’s big six. Seventh place could secure European football should a top six side lift this season’s FA Cup, and Gracia’s side will have one eye on continental qualification.
Captain Troy Deeney has come into the goals with three in his past three appearances, whilst Gerard Deulofeu has starred in recent weeks, becoming the first Watford player to score a top flight hat-trick since 1986 in the recent 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D.Silva, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney
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What TV channel is Manchester City v Watford on?
UK readers will be able to catch this fixture live on BT Sport.
What time is kick off?
Manchester City – 1/6
Draw – 13/2
Watford – 14/1