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Man City MCI Sterling (4'), Bernardo (31', 63')
Premier League Gameweek 15
Dec 4, 2021 KO: 17:30

Watford - Man City

Vicarage Road Stadium Watford
Referee: Simon Hooper
  4' Sterling
  31' Bernardo
  63' Bernardo
Hernández 74'  

Match preview

Laporte to return - How Man City could line up against Watford

Aymeric Laporte will make a welcomed return to the starting XI for Manchester City after serving a suspension

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has a number of selection issues ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash against Watford.

The current Premier League champions had a number of absentees for Wednesday's fixture against Aston Villa, but still managed to secure a narrow 2-1 victory, with Ruben Dias scoring the opener and Bernardo Silva scoring the eventual winner in sublime fashion.

Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones all missed the Villa game with what has been described as 'niggles' and it is unclear at this point whether they will be passed fit for Watford.

There has been positive news for Guardiola this week as Phil Foden and Jack Grealish returned to the matchday squad against Aston Villa, though only the latter made it off the bench against his former club.

Aymeric Laporte will return against Watford after serving a suspension.

Ederson will start in goal behind a likely back four of Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Fernandinho started the Villa game in midfield but he may drop out, with Phil Foden being asked to start deeper in the midfield three alongside Rodri and Bernardo Silva.

Riyad Mahrez doesn't have a goal or an assist to his name in the last four matches so he could be the man to miss out if Grealish is welcomed back into the starting XI.

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus should retain their places.

Predicted Man City XI v Watford

Match statistics

Watford
Statistics
Man City
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
15
Draws
1
2
Losses
11
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
25
52
Goals Per Game
1.25
2.60
More > 2.5 Goals
8
12
More > 3 Goals
7
8
Scored First in a Match
7
13
Scored Both Halves
5
10
Won More > 1 Goal
4
10
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
31
16
Did Not Score
8
4
Both Teams Scored
8
9
Kept Clean Sheet
4
9
Won Without Conceding
4
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
596
-
Possession
51
-
Passes
421
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
19
Shots on Target
4.15
6.95
Goals out of Shots
0.08
0.14
Crosses
18
-
Offsides
1.87
2.94
Penalties
0.10
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.20
0.45
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
15
-
Interceptions
8.25
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.05
Aerials Won
13
-
Total Shots Conceded
14
6.55
Shots on Target Conceded
4.30
2.59
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
14
9.05
Yellow Cards
1.55
0.85
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

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Suspended

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In suspension danger

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