Manchester City takes on Watford City in the Premier League game week 4 match at the Etihad Stadium today, 29th August. Manchester City has so far maintained a 100% win record in the new season of the Premier League and has scored big in every game so far. They are already looking very strong and are undoubtedly favourites to win today’s clash. Newly promoted Watford also has maintained an unbeaten run so far as they are yet to lose a game in this season. They are placed at the 12th position in the table with 3 points from 3 games.

Team news

Manchester City

Manchester City is without striker Wilfried Bony for the visit of Watford in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Bony suffered a cut leg in training and has been pictured wearing a protective boot, but he is expected to be fit after the upcoming international break. Midfielder Fernando (groin) should also be back for the next game against Crystal Palace on September 12.

Full-backs Pablo Zabaleta (groin) and Gael Clichy (ankle) remain on the sidelines, with the latter likely to be out another six to seven weeks. New signing Nicolas Otamendi, who did not play at Everton last week as he awaited his work permit, is still not available.

Watford

Watford will be in the familiar position of having Miguel Britos suspended when they take on Manchester City on Saturday.

The Uruguayan defender had to wait until Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Preston for his debut as he served a suspension left over from his Napoli days and was promptly sent off to earn a fresh three-match ban.

Other than Britos and long-term absentee Joel Ekstrand (knee), coach Quique Sanchez Flores will pick from a full-strength squad.

Key stats (Courtesy: Opta Stats)

  • Argentine forward Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five Premier League home appearances, netting seven times.
  • Watford have won just three of their 39 Premier League away matches in their history (W3 D7 L29).
  • Watford has the edge over Manchester City in league meetings winning five to City’s four of the 12 meetings. Both encounters in the Barclays Premier League ended as draws.
  • The last two meetings between the two sides have been in the FA Cup with City running out winners by 3-0 in 2012-13 and 4-2 in 2013-14.
  • Manchester City have won 14 and lost just one out of their last 18 Premier League home games, winning the last eight in a row.
  • City have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games at the Etihad, scoring 26 and conceding two in that run.
  • Watford is only the ninth newly-promoted side to remain unbeaten in their opening three games of a Premier League season. Only five of the previous eight have gone unbeaten after four games. 

Betting Odds:

Manchester City win – 1.20

Draw – 8.00

Watford win – 15.00

Predictions:

Manchester City is clear favourites to win this game. We predict a 3-0 win in favour of the home side.

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