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City v. Watford: Probable Starting XI

Here we examine how City's line-up could potentially look like for Saturday's home match against Premier League new boys, Watford.

David Silva of Manchester City takes on James McCarthy of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on August 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England.
David Silva of Manchester City takes on James McCarthy of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on August 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England.
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After another impressive victory away at Everton, Manchester City expects to take this form into Saturday's home match against Watford. With City the only team with maximum points from three matches, it will be interesting to see if this streak continues. Though Watford are yet to register a win this season, they have not managed a loss. The Hornets have drawn their three league fixtures so far this season and will look to snatch more points at the Etihad to try and survive this season after last year's promotion.

With Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy (ESPNFC.com) and Wilfried Bony (Daily Mail) out with injuries, it is highly likely that City will have the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Patrick Roberts on the bench as City's current injuries will mean youthful depth against Watford. Meanwhile, Nicolas Otamendi will not be in the squad on Saturday as he is still seeking his work permit, as per Goal.com.

With the injuries to both Clichy and Zabaleta, it is anticipated that Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna will fill in those roles at left back and right back, respectively, as they have so far this season. With Sergio Aguero at full fitness, the absence of Wilfried Bony will not be too much of a concern, especially with a talented young forward like Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench.

Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Eliquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero.