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Watford vs Manchester City PREVIEW

Preview stats Watford vs Manchester City.

The English Premier League, December 04, Kick-off 17:30 GMT

Watford vs Manchester City PREVIEW STATS

WATFORD STATS

Watford have lost 19 of their 26 league games against reigning top-flight champions (73% – W4 D3), the highest loss rate of any side to have played at least 20 such games in English top-flight history.

Watford have never beaten Manchester City in the Premier League (D2 L10), losing their last 10 against them by an aggregate score of 37-4.

Having already beaten Manchester United, Watford are looking to defeat both Manchester United and Manchester City in a single league season for the first time since 1986-87 in the top-flight.

MAN CITY STATS

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has won all nine of his meetings with Watford in all competitions, by an aggregate score of 39-3. Against no side does the Spaniard have a better 100% win rate in his managerial career (also 9/9 vs Bournemouth).

Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 18 meetings with Watford in all competitions (W16 D2), netting 59 goals in this run. Only against Norwich (22 between 1965-1981), Walsall (19 since 1897) and West Brom (19 since 2010) have they ever had longer unbeaten runs.

Manchester City haven’t lost any of their last 10 matches in all competitions in the month of December (W7 D3). Across those 10 games, they have scored 17 goals and conceded only three.

Man City have lost just two of their last 21 Premier League away games (W17 D2), going unbeaten in each of their last six on the road (W5 D1). Since Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge (2016-17), Man City have won more away games (72) and away points (227) than any other side in the Premier League.

TOP PLAYER(S) STATS

Bernardo Silva has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Manchester City – as many as in his previous 55 games in the competition.

Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 12 goals in just eight appearances against Watford in all competitions (10 goals, 2 assists). Only against Bournemouth (11) has Sterling scored more goals in his senior club career than he has against the Hornets.

Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances – the only Hornets players to score in four in a row in the competition are Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, who both did so across November and December 2015.

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