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PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Watford

Manchester City have a chance to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League table when they host Watford later today.

The Cityzens will be hoping to put the pressure on title rivals Liverpool with a win today, with the Reds hosting Burnley at Anfield tomorrow.

Pep Guardiola’s team will be without key player Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian came off in the first half of their 1-0 win against Bournemouth last week.

Watford come into the game off the back of a dramatic win against Leicester last week, so will be hoping to keep their momentum going and cause an upset in this fixture.

Guardiola spoke very fondly of his opposing manager and fellow Spaniard Javi Gracia:

“It’s incredible what he [Javi Gracia] has done, they have everything – incredibly organised, the manager is incredible what he has done this season, so far they achieve a lot of points.

“It’s the last game before 21 days without the Premier League and of course everything is close, there are a few games until the end of the Premier League and it’s massively important to take our points.”

Watford boss Gracia spoke about his selection headache up-front, with Andre Gray linking up well with Troy Deeney and scoring a late winner against Leicester last week:

“They [Deeney & Gray] played together at the beginning of the season and were getting very good results.

“In the last game when they played together, Andre scored the goal in the last minutes.

“In the other games, we have played other players, like Deulofeu, against Cardiff, and we scored five goals, with Deulofeu scoring a hat-trick. The most important thing is we have different players who are able to show what they can do.”

TEAM NEWS

MAN CITY – Aymeric Laporte has returned training but is unlikely to feature. John Stones and Fernandinho are also expected to miss out.

WATFORD – Kiko Femenia is respected to return to the squad following an illness that ruled him out of their win over Leicester. Sebastian Prodl has recovered from knee and hamstring injuries, so is also in contention to start.

When: Saturday 9th March, 5:30PM
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
How to watch: BT Sport 1

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