Manchester City will look to pile more pressure on title rivals Liverpool when they face Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola's troops will take a one-point cushion into the game at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are now just ahead of the Reds and both teams have now played the same amount of matches. Liverpool's draw last week against Everton has given City the advantage and they will hope to extend their winning run to nine matches.
City have won their last eight matches in all competitions and Pep Guardiola’s side have enjoyed a great start to 2019 so far.
They have picked up three clean sheets in a row but Javi Gracia’s Watford head to Manchester in good form. They have lost just one of their last six matches. The Hornets have won four of their last five but their sole defeat did come on the road to Liverpool.
That 5-0 thumping will be a worry for the travelling fans but City have a number of injury issues.
Guardiola will be without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after he got injured against Bournemouth. Defensive duo Aymeric Laporte and John Stones will also be missing, while Fernandinho looks set to return after this weekend’s game.
Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also doubts while Gracia has no fresh injury concerns and could well go with an unchanged side.
City have never lost a Premier League game against Watford, winning the last seven games by an aggregate score of 22-3.
Manchester City have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points when they take on Watford at the Etihad stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to win their ninth game in a row in all competitions as they continue to race towards a second consecutive Premier League crown.
Latest wins over Bournemouth and West Ham may not have been pretty however, the Citizens got the job done and are now in pole position to move away from the chasing pack.
Watford, however, will be no easy opposition. The Hornets have won four of their last five games in all competitions which includes their latest 2-1 win over Leicester. Javi Garcia’s men currently occupy 8thplace and could move above Wolves into 7thwith a win over City.
The one major worry for Watford though, is their poor record against teams who start the day top of the table. In nine such games, the Hornets have endured nine defeats in which they have scored eight goals and conceded 26.
Generally speaking, their record against Man City is just as bad with Garcia’s side having lost nine straight games. The last time they managed to avoid a defeat was in April 2007; same time as Didier Drogba was leading the top-scorer charts and Tony Blair was Prime Minister.
City may not be firing on all cylinders with the likes of Fernandinho injured nevertheless, they are the recommendation in this game. Pep Guardiola’s side to win by two goals is currently priced at 10/3.
Manchester City to win by two goals – 10/3 bet365
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