Premier League: Man City v Watford Preview

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Man City v Watford

Tuesday, Jan 02 – 20:00pm

Man City’s impressive 18-match winning streak came to an end with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday, in a match that saw both Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne leave the field injured. Reports from the Etihad indicate that Jesus will be out of action for up to two months, whereas De Bruyne’s future remains uncertain. Pep Guardiola’s side sit atop the Premier League table, 12 points ahead of second-placed Man United.

Watford suffered an unlikely defeat to strugglers Swansea City in their last game out, with a late goal from Luciano Narsignh separating the two sides. The Hornets have now lost four of their last five league fixtures, and manager Marco Silva admitted that his team are finding to difficult to ‘kill matches’. Watford sit 10th in the Premier League table, taking 25 points from their 21 games this season.

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Man City have won each of their last seven matches against Watford, with an aggregate score of 24-3.
  • The Hornets have failed to find the back of the net in their last four trips to Man City – a run that stretches back to 2001.
  • Man City are now unbeaten at the Etihad for 22 matches in the Premier League (W17 D5) – this is their longest run since 2012 (37 matches).
  • Watford have lost each of their last three away matches in the Premier League – scoring just one goal during this run.
  • The Hornets have sacrificed 16 points from winning positions in the league this season – more than any other club.
  • Five of Watford’s 21 matches in the Premier League have seen 90+ minute winners – two for the Hornets, and three for their opponents.
  • Sergio Aguero has netted nine times over his last five matches against Watford – scoring two hat-tricks in the process.
  • Should the Argentine score a hat-trick today, he will become the first player to score three goals in both fixtures against the same opponent since Emmanuel Adebayor (vs Derby 2007/08).
  • Raheem Sterling has netted eight times in eight home matches this season, and has provided three assists.

Man City won 6-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and while drawing with Crystal Palace will have knocked their confidence, they still have a huge advantage heading into tonight’s game. Watford have struggled to hit top form over the last few weeks, and chances will be hard to come by against City. With Kevin De Bruyne out injured, City are unlikely to serve another 6-0 thrashing, but they should win this one comfortably. Keep an eye on Sergio Aguero – he loves scoring against the Hornets.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta