Watford vs Manchester City: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview

Watford vs Manchester City feature

A Nigel Pearson-less Watford welcome Manchester City to Vicarage Road at the end of a hectic weekend which featured a sacking for their manager and another harrowing defeat at the hands of the Hammers, further compounding their relegation woes. 

According to our Watford vs Manchester City predictions, on this week’s menu is more drama and gloom for the hosts, with their visitors primed for another away win. Scroll on down below for the inside scoop…

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It’s been a bleak second half to the season for the Hornets. They’ve had brief spells of good form sporadically. And yet, they remain just three points outside the relegation zone.

Though facing Manchester City, and then Arsenal on the last day of the season, may seem daunting, Watford have had plenty of chances to secure points in recent games, that would have allowed them to lose their tougher games, which they’ve squandered, hence the reason behind our pessimistic predictions.

Exhibit A – David Moyes’ West Ham.

Indeed, though the Hammers themselves possess their fair share of defensive problems, they were able to score two quick-fire goals in the opening ten minutes against Troy Deeney and co, with the goals coming from an in-form Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek.

The Hornets then had plenty of opportunities to bring themselves off the precipice and back into the game, with skipper Deeney securing Watford’s first in the opening minutes of the second half.

But the lack of clinical finishing and inability to build momentum did them no favours. What followed was a third for West Ham in the form of a sublime curler from Declan Rice, while Pearson‘s men were left to rue their missed chances.

Yet as unfortunate as that may have seemed for this Tuesday’s hosts, far worse than that would have been finding out that Man City had been delivered a defeat ahead of their game with the Citizens, which surely could only end in a goal-fest this Tuesday at Vicarage Road.

It was a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang masterclass that inflicted the most damage for Pep Guardiola and co, with their defensive issues on full display as the Gabonese striker and his partners in crime terrorised the City back four.

Goals in the 19th and 71st minute – unanswered goals – for the forward ensured that his side progressed through to the final, facing Chelsea at Wembley after the Blues overpowered Manchester United on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Citizens elimination was their first since February 2018 – a defeat in the same competition, in the fifth round to Wigan – with this their 22nd such tie since that game.

Watford vs Manchester City Betting Tips

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Watford vs Manchester City Predictions

Sure, the Hornets have taken things up a couple of gears in recent games, securing back-to-back wins over Norwich and Newcastle. But they remain in a perilous position in the league standings, and now have the daunting task of clinching victory against a Manchester City side who’ll be looking to pave over the cracks in their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

Indeed, the Citizens‘ lackadaisical performances and suspect central defensive was exposed by a Gunners attack in potent, unrelenting form. Leading the charge was Aubameyang who mirrored his team’s skills and opened the scoring in the 19th minute of the game, courtesy of Pepe’s smart cross.

From there on, Guardiola‘s men waged war on the Arsenal back four, peppering their defence with wave after wave of attack. And yet, for all their attacking charges, they were unable to create any meaningful chances to spur themselves on, with only a single recorded shot on target – their fewest in a game since April 2018 in the Champions League against Liverpool (0).

It was the same issues that plagued City on Sunday, that has caused them trouble across the season, and indeed, the reason why they have notched up nine Premier League defeats this season: a suspect back four.

While Aymeric Laporte remains their strongest centre-back pick, the likes of Benjamin Mendy, John Stones and Nikolas Otamendi remain unskilled and unable to fill the role to Guardiola‘s standards. Meanwhile, forcing Fernandinho into the position hasn’t proved to be any more productive with the Brazilian’s preferred placement in midfield.

While these issues still remain at the forefront of City’s future plans, they won’t be expecting a repeat against Watford this Tuesday, considering that the Hornets have just lost manager Pearson to the sack, and haven’t been the best attackers in their recent league games.

Indeed, their skipper Deeney is currently acting as the most in-form offensive player, having scored in consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since March 2018. At the other end of the stick, Watford have shipped 11 goals in their last five games, with keeper Ben Foster now in the routine of picking up the ball out of his net.

While, there may be some respite against a struggling City defence, our Watford vs Manchester City predictions are expecting Guardiola men’s to produce a victory worthy of a former Centurion team.

Squawka Bet Tip: Over 2.5 goals scored in the game @ 4/9 with Sky Bet – odds correct at time of writing

Manchester City defensive convex

The Citizens’ soft centre on full display…

Squawka Stat: Watford have lost five consecutive Premier League away matches for the first time since May 2018 (six in a row). Will they fare any better at home?

Facing a Manchester City side that were recently embarrassed at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final?

There are two ways the game could go, and the latter is certainly far more likely: either the Citizen‘s continue their poor performances at Vicarage Road, or they hammer the nails in the host’s coffin, resigning them to their fate of at the bottom of the Premier League table.

As we have seen in recent seasons, Guardiola‘s response to defeats never result in his side repeating their losses – the reaction is always a potent attacking display, with several goals on the score board, and very little reprieve for their opponents, in this case, the Hornets.

Unlike the Gunners, Watford’s lack of pressing and soft defensive midfield pairing of Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley makes them more susceptible to counterattacks. And with the visitors having the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and both Silva’s on hand to break – a real embarrassment of forward riches – the odds about a high-scoring contest are definitely wager-worthy.

Combine both facts and there’s very little that’ll sway you from our own Watford vs Manchester City predictions and betting forecasts: a convincing win from the visitors to shake off the cobwebs from the performances they have showcased in recent league and cup games.

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Watford Form

West Ham 3-1 Watford (17/07/20 – Premier League)

Watford 2-1 Newcastle (11/07/20 – Premier League)

Watford 2-1 Norwich City (07/07/20 – Premier League)

Chelsea 3-0 Watford (04/07/20 – Premier League)

Watford 1-3 Southampton (28/06/20 – Premier League)

Manchester City Form

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City (18/07/20 – Premier League)

Manchester City 2-1 Bournemouth (15/07/20 – Premier League)

Brighton 0-5 Manchester City (11/07/20 – Premier League)

Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle (08/07/20 – Premier League)

Southampton 1-0 Manchester City (05/07/20 – Premier League)


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