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Manchester City at Watford: Players to Watch

Four players who could have a big impact on Saturday’s match

Watford v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Manchester City return to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Vicarage Road for what promises to be a tough match against Watford FC.

The Hornets have made a strong start to the season under new manager Marco Silva and currently sit in fourth place with 8 points. Watford are well organized defensively and very quick up front, and they will provide a very difficult test for Pep Guardiola and his men.

Both teams have players who can impact the result on Saturday, and we highlight four of them below.

Tom Cleverley

The former Manchester United and Everton man spent the second half of last season on loan and was permanently signed by Watford over the summer, and Cleverley seems to have finally found a home. The Watford fans love him and he's had a wonderful start to the season.

Cleverley likes to play as a holding midfielder, but Marco Silva has encouraged him to play as a Number Ten in behind the striker with the responsibility to pick out passes in midfield, and he has done it perfectly so far. Cleverley has been a huge part of Watford's strong start, and he could cause a lot of problems to the City defense.

Éderson Moraes

The Brazilian goalkeeper is set to start again after returning from that awful clash with Sadio Mané in the Liverpool game against Feyenoord on Wednesday, and there's no doubt he was fully recovered from what happened. Éderson had a great game against Feyenoord on the distribution side, and we've seen against Liverpool that he can stop shots as well.Éderson will be tested in both fronts against Watford.

The Hornets are likely to press City high up the pitch and force Éderson to be involved in the buildup, and the home team will also attack and take shots at goal when they have the opportunity. Éderson has to be at the top of his game this weekend, and there's no doubt he has the ability and the toughness to keep another clean sheet on Saturday.


Another Brazilian worth keeping an eye on this weekend is Watford attacker Richarlison, who's hit the ground running with a goal and an assist in his first four appearances. Richarlison has all the tools to play well in England: he's quick, he's strong, he's got skills and he can score from a wide position, which is a valuable asset in today's football.

Richarlison will be up against Kyle Walker on Saturday, which is not an easy assignment for any attacker in the Premier League. But the Brazilian can certainly cause Walker some problems, and if Watford get a goal or two don't be surprised if Richarlison is involved in them.

Benjamin Mendy

The Frenchman has had a sensational start to his City career and is already a fan-favorite thanks to his talent and his amazing personality. Mendy loves to have fun with his teammates off the pitch, but when he's playing he turns into a monster. Mendy's pace and strength are frightening, and his crosses are deadly.

He could be the Premier League defender with the most assists this season thanks to his accurate balls into the box, and he's already opened his account with an assist to Leroy Sané against Liverpool. Don't be shocked if he gets another against Watford.