Prediction and odds for the game: Watford (15/2) v Manchester City (1/3)
We are backing the away win
When: Tuesday, 21st July 2020, Kick-off 18:00
Where: Vicarage Road
On Tuesday evening, Watford host Manchester City at Vicarage Road in a potentially massive clash for the Hornets in their fight for Premier League survival.
A mini two-game winning run in the Premier League ended last time out, as the Hornets suffered a 3-1 defeat against fellow strugglers West Ham. The result saw the dismissal of Hornets head coach Nigel Pearson. Hayden Mullins will be in charge of Tuesday night’s game. The decision seemed like a surprising one considering the timing.
Watford are just three points above the relegation zone, with this game and a trip to Arsenal on the final day of the season remaining. Any slip-ups could allow 18th place Aston Villa the chance to leapfrog the home side in the table.
The home sides recent league form has been woeful in recent weeks, as they have won just twice in their previous eight Premier League outings. The fact that the Hornets have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of those eight matches has had a big effect on their current position.
The Citizens will head into this game hurting from their weekend FA Cup final semi-final defeat by Arsenal. The 2-0 defeat will likely make Pep Guardiola’s team an even dangerous proposition than they would have been.
The visitors recent Premier League form has been relatively strong. They have won four of their last five matches in the English top-flight, with their only blip a 1-0 defeat at Southampton. The Citizens have also been at their prolific best in those recent top-flight wins, scoring at least twice in each of the four victories.
One positive chink of light for the home team is that City have been poor on their travels of late. Guardiola’s team has lost four of their last six away games in the top-flight. A 5-0 win at Brighton in their last away match in the English top-flight ended a three-game losing streak on their travels in the Premier League. The game saw City returned to their prolific ways, as they had scored just twice in their previous five away games in the top-flight.
City have enjoyed their most recent fixtures against Watford, as the Citizens are unbeaten in 14 meetings with the Hornets in all competitions, having recorded 12 victories.
This could be a bad time for Watford to face City, although there is rarely a good time to face the Citizens. We can see the Citizens coming out on top in this clash. The other bet we are recommending is both teams to score. Watford have failed to score in just one of their last 11 home games in the top-flight, while City are always a huge attacking threat.
Verdict: we are backing both teams to score at odds of 4/6 and/or the away win at odds of 1/3. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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