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.
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.
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.
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
MANCHESTER CITY: LDLWDW
KICK-OFF TIME: 8:00
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
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
The key news of notes from those matches are...
...no Eden Hazard...
...no Lorus Karius...
...but Andy Carroll starts for West Ham.
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
A man for the big occasion?
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.
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