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Watford v Manchester City – An Early Look At The Opposition

Blues Face Hornets In Penultimate Game

Manchester City v Watford FC - Premier League Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Manchester City travel to Vicarage Road and a match against struggling Watford in their final away match of the season. The blues have already guaranteed their place in the Champions League next season and face a Hornets side that need the points to aide their battle against relegation, but a match against a City side smarting from an FA Cup semi-final defeat will be the last thing they wanted.

Watford currently occupy 17th place in the league and sit three points above Bournemouth and Aston Villa with two games left to play for each. A win for Watford on Tuesday may be enough to keep them in the Premier League, depending on results elsewhere.

But the Hornets have had very mixed results at home this season, having won, lost and drawn six of their eighteen games so far, and had to wait until December to record their first home win – a 2-0 victory over Manchester United. The Hornets have since gone on to beat Aston Villa (3-0), Wolves (2-1), before inflicting Liverpool’s first defeat of the season when they thumped the reds 3-0 in February.

Watford have won just two of their seven matches post lockdown, both at home to Norwich and Newcastle, both by a 2-1 scoreline.

Watford have scored just 22 goals at home all season and conceded 23. By comparison, City have scored 41 on their travels and conceded just 22. They have failed to score on six occasions at home this season, but only lost twice when they have failed to score. They have also kept seven clean sheets at home in the Premier League, winning three and drawing four of those matches. Amongst them, Watford have prevented United, Liverpool and Spurs from scoring, as well as Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.

Their last home defeat came on 28th June when Southampton recorded a 3-1 with at Vicarage Road. Other than that match, Watford have lost at home to Brighton (3-0) on the opening day of the season, West Ham (3-1), Chelsea (2-1), Burnley (3-0) and Everton (3-2).

Watford’s biggest win and heaviest defeat both stand at 3-0 (Burnley and Liverpool) and their record against the current top six this season is won 3 (United, Liverpool Wolves), drawn 1 (Leicester) and lost 1 (Chelsea), so City will have to be on their game if they want the points.