Man City survived a few nervous moments Wednesday evening before their class showed through with a 3-0 victory over Brighton. Watford did not play in midweek and last time out suffered late heartache in a 2-1 loss to Brentford.
A victory here would move City four points clear in the title race while with a six-goal inferior goal-difference they will look to push on for goals if they get ahead early. Things are looking bleak for Watford who are seven points behind Everton in 17th with just six matches remaining.
At the Etihad, Pep and his side have won seven of their last nine Premier League games and have netted at least two goals in each of their last five. On the road, the Hornets have lost just two of their last five and lost 2-0 on a recent visit to Anfield.
Kevin de Bruyne is in good goalscoring form with four in his last five league games while Riyad Mahrez has three in five. Emmanuel Dennis is the leading Watford scorer this campaign with ten goals and he netted last time out against the Bees.
In six of their last nine league games Man City have kept clean sheets with Tottenham, Liverpool and Man Utd the only sides to score against them. Watford have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six.
Man City vs Watford Predictions
The home side should have few problems winning this one but finding an angle to attack the game is key. Such is the gulf in class and the importance of goal-difference that backing City to win both halves on Boylesports enhanced market looks the way to play this.
Imran Louza has slotted in to the midfield role for Watford recently and he is often not afraid to tackle. He has two bookings in his last two games and against Man City looks value to be carded.
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Man City have dominated Watford in recent times winning their last 14 meetings hitting four or more goals against them on five occasions. Raheem Sterling has a great record against the London outfit with eight goals from his last five.