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Manchester City v Watford Prediction & Betting Tips, 2nd January 2018

31st December 2017 / lee
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Manchester City v Watford Premier League Preview, 2nd January 8.00pm

The Citizens are not too surprisingly heavy odds-on favourites to collect another three points at the Etihad. They have just been phenomenal with their output this season and will want to finish with a flourish before turning their attention to the FA Cup. Watford have struggled badly on the road after a good start to the season on their travels. Their defensive misfires will put them at risk and City are 1/10 to take the home win, leaving the draw at 8/1 and Watford as massive 22/1 underdogs.

Manchester City News and Form

It only just half way through the season and already we have run out of things to say about the Citizens. It has just been a total procession for them all the way and they go into this game on a nine match winning streak at the Etihad this season. They have scored at least two goals in each of those nine games as well in that sequence and they have fired off exactly four goals in each of their last two home victories, which were against Spurs and Bournemouth. In the William Hill correct score market a Manchester City 4-0 option is a ridiculously short price of 17/2. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have both scored three goals in each in City’s last two home games they are 7/2 and 9/4 respectively in the first goalscorer market for the game. City have averaged 3.6 goals per game at home this season and they have been leading at half time in seven of their ten home fixtures. A Man City/Man City half time/full time bet then is worth considering because of that. The Citizens haven’t been just all about attacking might, they have also only conceded seven goals with four clean sheets in ten at home. It is a good chance for them to respond to their 0-0 draw at Palace on the weekend.

Watford News and Form

How to Watford stand up to all this? They were great in the early part of the season away from home, however, they go to the Etihad on the back of a three match losing streak away from Vicarage Road in the top flight. The Hornets scored exactly two goals in each of their opening seven away games this season but have subsequently netted just one in their last three in total. Watford are W4 D1 L5 on their travels this season in the top flight and they have averaged 1.6 goals per game and it may be worth looking at both teams to score for a price of 21/10, even though City will once again be heavily backed to win this to nil. With just the one clean sheet in their last eight road games, they are going to be at risk in this one, and nervy too after getting stuffed by City 6-0 at Vicarage Road in September. 71% of the goals that Watford have conceded in away games this season have been in the second half of matches. Richarlison is their top scorer away from home with four goals and he is a 3/1 anytime goalscorer option. The Hornets were rocked as Swansea fought back from a goal down to beat them on the weekend at Vicarage Road.

Manchester City v Watford Head to Head

Manchester City pounded Watford 6-0 earlier in the season at Vicarage Road and that is five straight Premier League wins they have recorded over Watford, four of those being to nil as well. City have scored eleven goals in their last two games against the Hornets now in the top flight and have netted at least two goals in each of their last seven against them in all competitions.

Who will win – Manchester City v Watford Predictions

Manchester City are likely going to collect yet another win in this one and that is because the defence of Watford just isn’t reliable enough to go and compete at the Etihad for 90 minutes and expect to do enough to get something out of the game. Home win and to nil.

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