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Premier League Champions Manchester City will be looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea as they travel to Watford for their game on Saturday

Premier League Champions Manchester City will be looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea as they travel to Watford for their game on Saturday.

City enjoyed a 1-2 away victory against Aston Villa midweek while Watford were defeated by the same score line against Chelsea.

Watford

Claudio Ranieri’s side suffered a second successive defeat in the league as table leaders Chelsea secured a hard-fought three points at Vicarage Road.

Midfielder Mason Mount put the visitors ahead with a smart finish following some excellent build-up play, though this was cancelled out shortly after when Emmanuel Bonaventure equalised before half-time.

Though it was Hakim Ziyech who secured the all-important victory for Chelsea who maintain their spot at the top by just one point, while Watford slump to 17th position – just three points from safety.

Tomorrow game marks the end of a particularly tough fixture run which included Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester and most recently Chelsea.

Watford are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league so far and having shipped 14 goals at home this season, it will worry the Hornet’s fans who face a side who have scored 29 goals so far.

Manchester City

Guardiola’s two Portuguese maestros earned City three points at Villa Park as they continue to keep the pace with leaders Chelsea.

Two sublime finishes from Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva all-but secured the three points for the visitors before half time, though an Ollie Watkins goal after the break wasn’t enough as the visitors took all three points.

The victory against Villa marked City’s six successive win in all competitions and have scored at least two or more goals in each game. With just two points separating Liverpool in third and Chelsea in first, none of the top three can afford to slip up.

The Champions also boast impressive away form this season, taking 16 out of a possible 18 points which make them strong favourites for this fixture.

Team news

Claudio Ranieri is without defender Adam Masina which could see Danny Rose get a first start, while Isamaila Sarr, Ben Foster, Kwadwo Baah, Nicolas N’Koulou and Peter Etebo all remain out for Watford with no return dates pencilled in so far.

As for City, Jack Grealish should be fit enough to start after making a late appearance against Villa, while Phil Foden is also back in contention.

Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and John Stones all were absent midweek and are not fit enough to start at the weekend, along with Kevin De Bruyne who remains away from the squad due to having coronavirus.

Watford vs Manchester City – kick off at 5:30pm (UK time) on Saturday 4th December 2021.

Joel Tudor

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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