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Manchester City vs Watford live: Latest score and updates plus what time does it start, what TV channel is it on?

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Sam Dymond,Charlie Doris
Wednesday 14 December 2016 15:55
Zabaleta struck to score his first goal in two years
Zabaleta struck to score his first goal in two years

Things have got so drastic for Pep Guardiola, he's had to ask for 'more time' to turn things around at Manchester City.

Will that revival start on Wednesday? The Catalan's side entertain Watford, who come into the match off the back of a highly impressive win over Everton.

Kick-off: 8.00pm

Wednesday's Premier League fixtures

  • Middlesbrough vs Liverpool (7.45pm)
  • Sunderland vs Chelsea (7.45pm)
  • West Ham United vs Burnley (7.45pm)
  • Crystal Palace vs Manchester United  (8.00pm)
  • Manchester City vs Watford (8.00pm)
  • Stoke City vs Southampton (8.00pm)
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City (8.00pm)
  • West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City (8.00pm)

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It’s a big game for…

Kelechi Iheanacho: The young Nigerian finally has the chance to show Pep Guardiola what he can do while Sergio Aguero is still suspended and City will need him to fill the void in his absence. Iheanacho has five goals in 15 games and could claim more tonight against a Watford side guilty of shipping goals away from home.

Weird /best stat…

1: City have kept one clean sheet in their previous 17 games which came in a 4-0 win over West Brom in October.

Remember when…

Manchester City 4 Watford 2, FA Cup Fourth Round, January 2014

Premier League champions City were given an almighty scare after goals from Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri put Watford 2-0 up before half-time at the Etihad stadium. However, a second half hat-trick from Sergio Aguero saved City’s blushes and sent them into the Fifth round.

Player to watch…

Troy Deeney: The Watford captain and strike partner Stefano Okaka will be a big physical threat to City’s back four who continue to look shaky as the season goes on. Deeney has the added incentive of scoring his 100th goal for Watford after being stuck on 99 since early October.

Past three-meetings…

WATFORD 1 (Watson) MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Toure, Aguero), January 2016

MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Sterling, Fernandinho) WATFORD 0, August 2015

MANCHESTER CITY 4 (Aguero 3, Kolarov) WATFORD 2 (Deeney, Forestieri), January 2014

Form guide…



Vital information…


TV: Highlights on BBC One at 10:45


Good evening and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of a busy night in the Premier League...

Middlesbrough v Liverpool – 7.45pm

Sunderland v Chelsea – 7.45pm

West Ham v Burnley – 7.45pm

Crystal Palace v Manchester United – 8pm

Manchester City v Watford – 8pm 

Stoke v Southampton – 8pm

Tottenham v Hull – 8pm 

West Brom v Swansea – 8pm

Sam Dymond14 December 2016 18:34
Sam Dymond14 December 2016 18:43
Sam Dymond14 December 2016 18:43
Sam Dymond14 December 2016 18:43
Sam Dymond14 December 2016 18:44

Here's the first batch of team news for tonight's games. Here's how they line up in the three 7.45pm kick-offs...

Middlesbrough v Liverpool

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Fischer, Negredo

Subs: Guzan, Nsue, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Downing, Rhodes, Nugent

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi

Subs: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Alexander, Ejaria, Woodburn

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Sunderland v Chelsea

Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Kone, O’Shea, Denayer, Kirchhoff, Januzaj, Borini, Defoe

Subs: Mannone, Love, Asoro, Larsson, Khazri, Maja, Honeyman

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Costa, Pedro

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

West Ham v Burnley

West Ham: Randolph, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Obiang, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll

Subs: Adrian, Nordtveit, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina, Browne

Burnley: Heaton, Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton, Arfield, Marney, Hendrick, Boyd, Vokes, Gray

Subs: Robinson, Flanagan, Barnes, Kightly, Bamford, Defour, Tarkowski

Referee: Bobby Madley

Sam Dymond14 December 2016 18:53

The key news of notes from those matches are... Eden Hazard... Lorus Karius...

...but Andy Carroll starts for West Ham.

Sam Dymond14 December 2016 19:00

And more team news...

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, McArthur, Flamini, Cabaye, Lee, Zaha, Benteke

Subs: Speroni, Fryers, Ledley, Husin, Townsend, Wan-Bissaka, Campbell

Manchester United: De Gea, Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Rooney, Mata, Ibrahimovic

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Fellaini, Lingard, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rashford

Referee: Craig Pawson

Manchester City v Watford

Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Gundogan, Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito

Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, Sane, Stones, Iheanacho

Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Prodl, Britos, Holebas, Pereyra, Guedioura, Capoue, Amrabat, Ighalo, Sinclair

Subs: Pantilimon, Kaboul, Kabasele, Zuniga, Watson, Success, Deeney

Referee: Kevin Friend

Stoke City v Southampton

Stoke: Grant, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Adam, Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic, Walters

Subs: Given, Muniesa, Bony, Diouf, Imbula, Crouch, Bojan

Southampton: Forster, Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Redmond, Boufal, Long

Subs: Taylor, Yoshida, Clasie, Rodriguez, Tadic, Hojbjerg, McQueen

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Tottenham v Hull

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son

Hull: Marshall, Maguire, Dawson, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Robertson, Snodgrass, Diomande

Subs: Jakupovic, Meyler, Maloney, Weir, Henriksen, Mason, Bowen

Referee: Andre Marriner

West Brom v Swansea

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, Yacob, Fletcher, Chadli, Morrison, Phillips, Rondon

Subs: Palmer; Robson-Kanu, Gardner, McClean, Galloway, Harper, Leko

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Mawson, Amat, Taylor, Fulton, Britton, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Montero, Llorente

Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Cork, Fer, Barrow, Borja

Referee: Michael Oliver

Sam Dymond14 December 2016 19:15

A man for the big occasion?

Sam Dymond14 December 2016 19:19

Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United at Crystal Palace this evening.

He needs one goal to equal Bobby Charlton's club record and the great man is in attendance at Selhurst Park to see if he can manage it.

Sam Dymond14 December 2016 19:28

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