FA Cup: Manchester City v Watford match preview

A
look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie at the Etihad Stadium

Fresh from reaching the final of the Capital One Cup after their 9-0 thrashing of West Ham over two legs, the Citizens turn their attention to another one of the four major trophies they are serious contenders for as they recommence their FA Cup quest for glory against Watford.

City are monitoring Alvaro Negredo’s shoulder injury which he picked up during their recent semi-final victory and Samir Nasri remains on the sidelines with a medial knee ligament injury.

Watford have no fresh injury concerns for their trip to the Etihad and are in a run of poor results which has seen them pick up just two wins from their last 16 matches. One of those victories was their FA Cup third round replay victory over Bristol City.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Manchester City 3 (Tevez, Barry, Lopes) Watford 0, FA Cup, January 2013

Watford 1 (Priskin) Manchester City 1 (Vassell), Premiership, April 2007

Manchester City 0 Watford 0, Championship, December 2006

STATS:

City just edge the all-time head-to-head record with seven wins to Watford’s six

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has two clean sheets in his last 13 games for Watford

City have won 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions

City have scored 15 goals in their last three home games

ODDS:

Manchester City to win: 1.07

Watford to win: 34

Draw: 11

TV: Highlights on ITV at 10.45pm

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