A Watford side in poor form (W2, D2, L6) now prepare for what will be their toughest home match of the season. The ‘Hornets’ have lost eight consecutive matches against Manchester City ahead of this one, including successive home defeats by 5+ goal margins.
Just two teams have taken fewer points than Watford in the last ten PL rounds, and at home they’ve lost three of their last four matches. In all or nothing fashion, Javi Gracia’s men are yet to draw at home, and just one of their last eight matches overall have seen both teams score.
Scoring goals is the name of the game for City, who’ve now racked up six PL wins in a row and have taken 38 of a possible 42 points so far. This while scoring over three goals on average per match – 3.67 per match across the last six!
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Although City’s dropped points this season have come away from home, they’ve not lost a PL away game since January, returning a record of W10, D3 since. This season, the champions have conceded just one goal in six, while winning half with a two-goal margin or more.
Players to watch: Raheem Sterling has eight goals and six assists from 12 PL appearances this season. Roberto Pereyra, who is goalless in four, remains Watford’s top scorer with five.
Stat attack: Watford’s last five PL matches have seen 3.8 total yellow cards on average.
Gracia’s men have lost two of their last three home matches by at least a three-goal margin.
City have scored the majority of their goals (59%) in the first half of their last five PL matches.
The visitors are also the only team in the league not to have trailed at half-time, winning the first half in ten of 14 matches so far.
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
De Bruyne K.
Referee: Tierney P. (Eng),
Venue: Vicarage Road (Watford)