Man City vs Watford: Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions

Man City vs Watford
Man City vs Watford, Premier League, City of Manchester Stadium

The match is over.
Score: 8-0.

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A shell-shocked Manchester City host a new looking Hornets side out to deal the champions a second straight sting in the Premier League as the pressure builds on both teams.

Our Betting Tips

One thing we can expect from this game is goals, goals, goals. In fact, there have been over 3.5 goals between the two in five of the last six meetings, with the other still seeing a total of three goals. That makes it impossible not to go high in the goal markets with the best online betting sites especially as in the three meetings between the two last seasons, a whopping 13 goals were scored in 270 minutes of football.

OVER 3.5 GOALS IN THE MATCH

We have established above why their will be plenty of goals in this one and although it is Manchester City who have recorded 11 straight wins against the Hornets, there is plenty of reasons to suggest Watford will trouble the City goal at least once. Pep Guardiola’s side have already conceded six this season and clearly have defensive issues whilst Watford’s fightback against Arsenal was all the proof we need to see that the Hornets have some of their sting back.

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

City may face a tricky Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk mid-week, but do not expect Pep Guardiola to rest any of his stars for the visit of Watford following a shock defeat to Norwich last weekend. That means Raheem Sterling will start (if fit) and will more than likely to start. Popular sportsbooks offer little value in backing the Englishman to score anytime so back him to score last instead. The forward has netted five times against Watford in their last two meetings including scoring the last goal of the game in both.

RAHEEM STERLING TO SCORE LAST

Best Odds

Man City
Draw
Watford
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Statistics

Head to Head

Look away now Watford fans as the head to head records make for grim reading for the visitors. The pair met as recently as the FA Cup final in which a 6-0 rout transpired in favour of the Blue Moon. The Hornets last trip to the Etihad in March saw them lose 3-1 thanks to a Raheem Sterling hat trick whilst at Vicarage Road City claimed another three-points with a 2-1 win. Overall, City have beaten Watford 18 times with the Hornets claiming just six wins and a total of five draws.

Stats

  • Incredibly, you have to go back to March 1989 for the last time Watford beat Manchester City and back to 1987 for the last time the Hornets recorded an away victory against the Citizens.
  • The first ever meeting between the two saw City win 1-0 in a 1982 League Division One contest.
  • After sacking Javi Gracia, this game will be new boss Quique Sánchez Flores first away match with the club since leaving in 2016.
  • Watford remain bottom of the Premier League despite picking up a point against Arsenal last time out.

Our Prediction for Man City vs Watford

Manchester City to win and over 3.5 goals

It is all change at Watford with the return of former boss Quique Sánchez Flores to the hotseat following the sacking of Javi Gracia after a poor start to the campaign. Flores’ return yielded a point at home against Arsenal despite going 2-0 behind. That showed that Watford have plenty of fight in them so City should be wary. However, if there is one side Guardiola’s band of chargers enjoy playing, it is Watford. City have won the last 11 games against the Hornets and are unlikely to go back to back league defeats with goals galore between the two set to continue.

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Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.

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