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Watford vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: Players to Watch

The final day of the season is here!

Watford v Swansea City - Premier League Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Manchester City are headed to Vicarage Road to play Watford on the final day of the Premier League season.

City are in search of a top-four finish and can guarantee it with just one point. As long as Arsenal don’t pass them on goal difference, City could even lose the match and still finish in fourth place. There are plenty of possible scenarios to break down, but City’s best chance at securing third is with a win.

Watford have not been in good form recently having lost their last five league games. The Hornets almost entered the relegation battle, but are safe and will finish the season in 16th place.

The Hornets’ defense is currently in shambles as Sebastian Prodl, Miguel Britos and Christian Kabasele all could possibly miss tomorrow’s match. Watford have struggled to remain consistent at the back, and they could have severe problems trying to prevent City’s high-flying attack.

Here’s a few players who could impact tomorrow’s match.

Jose Holebas

Watford’s left-back has been a consistent force in their backline this season, but his main problem is discipline, leading the Premier League with 14 yellow cards.

Given this is the last match of the season, Holebas doesn’t have to worry about getting another yellow so he can play more aggressively. In a lineup which should be lacking defensive cover, Holebas needs to step up if Watford want to challenge City at all.

Nicolas Otamendi

Otamendi has been extremely underrated this season, as he has put up solid defensive numbers but was always criticized for City’s lackluster defensive performances. However, since the return of Vincent Kompany, Otamendi has led the City defense to a much better record during the latter part of the Citizens’ season.

The Argentine’s biggest strength is in the air, as he wins 3.9 aerial duels a game in the Premier League. Look for Otamendi to contribute to another solid defensive game for City against a Watford attack that's good in the air.

Etienne Capoue

Capoue’s surprising season is one of Watford’s only bright spots this season, as he has scored 7 goals. However, he might be forced to move back into the center back position against City.

While he was in France, Capoue often played as a central defender. However, he has only played as a midfielder during his time with Watford. If Capoue is forced to play on the backline, then Watford’s midfield will lose a solid goal scorer in the middle of the pitch.

Kevin De Bruyne

Coming off of a spectacular performance against West Bromwich Albion, De Bruyne will look to shine again. He’s been City’s main creator all season, and leads the Premier League with 16 assists.

De Bruyne is always a threat in the midfield, and there is no telling what he can do in each individual game. Look for the Belgian maestro to give City all the chances in the world to score on the final day of the season.