Kick-off: 1800, 21/07/2020
Stadium: Vicarage Road
TV: Sky Sports
Hayden Mullins faces a baptism of fire as Watford’s caretaker boss when Manchester City travel to Vicarage Road in the Premier League.
The Blues have won 12 straight encounters with the Hornets, including last season’s 6-0 FA Cup final thrashing and an 8-0 rout at Etihad Stadium this term.
We like 29/20 for an away win and over 3.5 goals in the game for our initial Watford vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford made the surprise decision to axe Nigel Pearson after a 3-1 loss at West Ham left them just three points above the drop zone heading into the final week.
The Hammers took control in a dominant opening 36 minutes and the Hornets could only respond with a Troy Deeney strike soon after the interval.
Pearson posted on Twitter: “Although not able to finish the task I was brought in to achieve, I wish Watford all the best for their final two games.”
That was a fifth straight away defeat for Watford, but they have been in better form on home turf, to be fair.
Only two visiting teams have left with maximum points from the last 11 league games at Vicarage Road, with Liverpool and Manchester United among six victims during that sequence.
Looking at the 31/10 for Draw HT/Man City FT is a fair option.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Masina, Kiko, Kabasele, Cleverley, Doucoure, Hughes, Deeney, Welbeck, Sarr.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal at Wembley, which again highlighted some alarming defensive frailties.
Pep Guardiola’s side predictably dominated possession but struggled to break down a stubborn Gunners rearguard and were twice hit on the break by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Ilkay Gundogan told the club website: “Sometimes one very bad half is enough to lose the game and it looked like Arsenal wanted it more to go to the final, which was the most frustrating part.”
City have had a few blips since the restart, also losing away to Chelsea and Southampton, as well as labouring to a 2-1 home defeat of Bournemouth.
However, don’t forget there have been 5-0 romps against Newcastle, Burnley and Brighton, plus a 4-0 drubbing of Liverpool.
Guardiola will be keen to get back on track before the Champions League action resumes and Raheem Sterling could be the player to watch out for here.
He has netted seven times in his last four clashes with Watford and bagged seven goals in City’s five away matches against the current bottom six this term.
Let’s add 19/2 for a 3-1 away win appeals from the correct score list.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Garcia, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.
West Ham 3-1 WATFORD – Troy Deeney
Arsenal 2-0 MAN CITY
Head-to-head: Man City 8-0 Watford, Man City 6-0 Watford, Man City 3-1 Watford, Watford 1-2 Man City, Man City 3-1 Watford, Watford 0-6 Man City
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