Watford vs. Man City: Match Preview
Updated: Dec 4, 2021
It's that kind of time again: a Manchester City matchday. But don't worry, we come bearing good news after the return of Man City full-back, Kyle Walker, which Pep described as having 'niggles' earlier this week in our Tuesday clash vs. Jack Grealish's former club, Aston Villa as well as Ilkay Gundogan (aka. Mr Whippy) and John Stones.
City struck two past the Villa lads and certainly with each being a beauty. Ruben Dias claimed his second-ever goal for the Manchester side from a shot outside the box. Bernardo Silva was also no stranger to the net facing Villa on Tuesday. A beautiful counter initiated by Man City legend and stone-cold midfield general, Fernanadinho wrapped up with a ever-so confident strike by the one and only, Bernardo-The-Great.
The Premier League Champions take on Claudio Ranieri's Watford side at 17:30pm (GMT), live on Sky Sports and the Boys in Blue have a very exciting (and one-sided) history between the opposition. Watford have never beaten the Champions in the Premier League.
The best win vs. the Hornets was that 8-0 battering at the Etihad, famously dubbed the 'EIGHTihad', which saw Bernardo Silva complete a hat-trick. The Champions also completed the domestic treble (or quartet depending on your stance) after a 6-0 FA Cup final smothering.
Pep Guardiola and Ederson spoke ahead of the away match.
“We said [at Villa] we must win this game, especially for the guys who don't play as much and they made a really good performance. No doubts. Normally when you behave like this, always when you play, you play good. I don't know why. It must be Karma, I don't know, but it happens. When you help and you play, everything is going well. All the time it is like this." - Pep Guardiola
“It's going to be a very difficult game. They have a lot of quality and we will need to be ready so we don't get surprised. We are in a good run of games, except the game against Crystal Palace at home. It's part of football, we can't win every game. We need to learn how to deal with winning and losing. It's part of the growth of the individuals and the team.” - Ederson
Here are the details...
Live on Sky Sports (UK)
Kick-off is at 17.30pm (GMT)
K.O. at the Vicarage Road
Live commentary on City Chief
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referee(s): Adrian Holmes & Darren Cann
Video Assistant Referee: John Brooks & Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Simon Hooper
Written by Shayne/@MCFCnow.