Picking up a morale-boosting 3-0 win away at Shakhtar Donetsk and opening their Champions League campaign with a victory on Wednesday, Manchester City will now turn their attentions back to Premier League duties this weekend.
Looking to bounce immediately back after suffering a shock 3-2 defeat away at Norwich after returning from the international break, Pep Guardiola’s side will welcome Watford to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
While the defending champions might be enjoying a battle at the head of the table, the Hornets find themselves in a very different position.
Despite coming from two goals down to snatch a point off of Arsenal last weekend, new boss Quique Sánchez Flores still finds his new men searching for their first victory since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
Saturday’s hosts should also be boosted by their very eye-catching record against the Premier League struggles.
City have won each of their last 11 meetings against Watford, including a 6-0 win in last seasons FA Cup Final. Also bagging 20 goals in just the last five matchups between the two sides, you will be interested to know that the Sky Blues can be found at 6/5 with Bet365 to once again record over 3.5 goals this weekend.
City look to close the gap
Although Pep Guardiola may have seen his side pick up a much-needed 3-0 win away at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, the former Barcelona boss will be calling on another dominant display this weekend.
Despite suffering their first Premier League defeat since January, Saturday’s hosts still find themselves as a favourite with the bookmakers to reclaim their domestic crown.
The Sky Blues can be found at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to lift their third consecutive title come May.
Fans around Manchester will, however, be excited by Sergio Aguero’s continued start to the new campaign.
City’s leading man has now found the net in each of his opening five Premier League appearances and you will be interested to know that the 31-year-old can be found at 8/15 with SkyBet to extend that run this weekend.
Elsewhere, Guardiola does still have a defensive headache on his hands.
With #1 center-half Aymeric Laporte ruled out until February and John Stones not featuring out in Russia in midweek, it appears that holding midfielder Fernandinho will once again partner Nicolás Otamendi at the heart of City’s defence.
Watford’s wait for a win continues
Although many around Vicarage Road would have been worried to see Quique Sánchez Flores homecoming start with Arsenal snatching two early goals, Watford did impress with their newfound resolve.
Bagging two goals and clinching an impressing point against their London rivals, they now have their sights firmly set on finding a route out of the drop zone.
Despite still being sat at the foot of the table and still hunting for their first win, Watford can be found at 9/4 with Bet365 to extend their top-flight status come May, ahead of Aston Villa, Brighton, Newcastle, and Sheffield United.
Although the Hornets have remarkably lost each of their last 11 matchups against the defending champions, Saturday’s guests should take some solace in the fact that the have found the net in each of their last three Premier League matches against City.
You might be interested to know that Flores’ men can be found at 23/10 with Ladbrokes to break City’s fragile defence this weekend.