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Watford vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: Team News, Match Preview, Predictions

Can City have a successful season finale?

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Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

The Premier League season comes to a conclusion this Sunday as all 20 teams play at the same time in what always is a very entertaining, high-scoring final day. The championship is decided, the relegation battle is over, and we already know that Manchester United and Everton will finish in the Europa League places.

We only need to find out who will finish in the Top 4, and three teams battle for two spots: Manchester City and Liverpool currently occupy the positions and are very likely to keep them, but Arsenal still have an outside chance of getting into the Champions League next season.

The easiest task of all three teams belongs to City, who need just a point to finish fourth while a win would take them to third place and guarantee automatic qualification to the group stage. Opponents Watford are in horrible form and manager Walter Mazzarri will leave the club after a mediocre season.

Everything points to a comfortable afternoon for City. Can they do the job?


MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING

Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3pm BST (UK), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 7:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Vicarage Road, Watford, England

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Television: Sky Sports 2 (UK), USA Network (USA), SuperSport 9 (Africa), Not Televised (Canada), Star Sports Select HD2 (India), elsewhere

Online streaming: Sky GO (UK), NBC Sports Live (USA), TSN GO (Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


TEAM NEWS

Claudio Bravo, Ilkay Gundogan and Fabian Delph will be back in preseason, but they'll not be fit to take any part in the season finale. Pep Guardiola has settled into a team recently, and there shouldn't be any changes from the side that beat West Bromwich Albion last Tuesday, with the only possible alteration being Gaël Clichy in place of Aleksandar Kolarov.

Pep has always played an attacking team throughout the season, but with Yaya Touré, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and Sergio Agüero in front of the back four, this is REALLY an attacking side that will look to keep the ball and take lots and lots of shots at the Watford goal. The Hornets have plenty of problems in defense, which will invite a lot of City pressure. We could be in for a high-scoring Sky Blue victory.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Watford (4-5-1)

Gomes; Janmaat, Mariappa, Capoue, Holebas; Amrabat, Doucouré, Behrami, Cleverley, Niang; Deeney

Manchester City (4-1-3-2)

Caballero; Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Touré; De Bruyne, Silva, Sané; G.Jesus, Agüero


PREDICTION

Third place finish, happy ending to the season: 4-0 City.