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Manchester City vs Watford, Premier League Matchday 6: Team News, Preview and Prediction

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The Sky Blues Host the Hornets on EPL Matchday 6

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Competition/Round: 2019/20 English Premier League – Matchday 6

Date/Time: Manchester City vs Watford – 21 September 2019, 15:00 GMT (UK); 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST (USA)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, UK

Match Officials:

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistants: Ian Hussin, Dan Robatham

Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson

VAR: Craig Pawson

Assistant VAR: Richard West

TV Info: NBCSN (USA)

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Radio: BBC World Service, BBC Radio Manchester (UK); TalkSport Radio World (USA)

Preview:

Following Manchester City’s shocking defeat to Norwich City last weekend, the Sky Blues will look to return to winning ways as they host Watford on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Hornets earned a surprising draw against Arsenal and they will hope to replicate a similar performance against the current Champions of England.

Team News:

Manchester City are without the injured Leroy Sané, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones. Phil Foden is our with a stomach virus.

Watford’s Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney are injured and will not feature in this match.

Possible Lineups:

Manchester City

Formation: 4-3-3

Ederson; Cancelo, Walker, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, D. Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Watford

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Foster; Kiko, Dawson, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Pereyra, Cleverley, Deulofeu; Sarr

Manager: Quique Sánchez Flores

Prediction:

Manchester City were shocked last weekend as they lost 3-2 at Carrow Road. Norwich City’s victory was the seventh time a newly promoted English Premier League team defeated the EPL Champions, and sadly, the Sky Blues were guilty offenders on four of these seven occasions. With the match behind them, Manchester City will look to bounce back from this embarrassing defeat.

Watford, meanwhile, remain at the bottom of the 2019/20 EPL table. The Hornets have yet to win a match this season, having drawn two and lost three. Moreover, they have only managed to score four goals in five games. Nonetheless, Norwich showed that the current Champions of England may be beaten, and Watford may look to adopt Norwich’s strategy as the Hornets travel to the Etihad Stadium on Matchday 6.

Overall, this match will be much different than the 2018/19 FA Cup Final that took place four months ago. Manchester City are much weaker defencively, and Watford will look to capitalize on this opportunity. It is expected this will be a cagey match, but Manchester City’s front line should do just enough to get the job done on Saturday.

Manchester City 2-1 Watford