Watford had a pretty good start under their new manager Marco Silva as they are yet to be defeated in the Premier League so far. The Hornets have kept a pretty steady momentum throughout this season but are likely to face a daunting task when they welcome a rejuvenated Manchester City at the Vicarage Road.
City kick started their Champions League in an emphatic fashion as they blanked Feyenoord 4-0 to open their account on European soil. Watford boss Marco Silva will be aware of the Citizens’ star studded lineup and will chalk out his strategy according to the need of the game.
Watford’s encouraging display has made the Hornets supporters crying for another superlative outing against Pep Guardiola’s team to topple them in the next match to keep up their good run. Added to that, City have travelled all the way from Rotterdam to England following their group stage match in the European competition and fatigue could play a big role in this match.
Predicted 4-3-3 Watford Lineup Against Manchester City
Heurelho Gomes had a quite strong start in the Hornets goal and should keep his place in the starting lineup. He has kept three clean sheets in the last three matches but given the attacking prospects of Guardiola’s side, he needs to be a bit more cautious to keep the juggernaut rolling.
Christian Kabasele and Younes Kaboul need to put a solid defensive display to thwart any kind of danger. Jose Holebas will start on the left-hand side. Daryl Janmaat has been excellent for the Hornets and will try his luck from the right-hand side.
Abdoulaye Doucouré has been pretty encouraging in the middle of the pitch and had a great game against Southampton. He will be serving from the base of the midfield and will be looking forward to adding some steel.
Nathaniel Chalobah and Tom Cleverley will try to soak up the pressure up ahead to have a clearer vision of the game. The key to this game lies in the midfield and whoever wins the midfield battle will have an upper hand in this match.
New boy Andre Carrillo is destined for his second start for the Hornets and will start on the right flank. Richarlison has been in good touch and will try to pile misery on Pep Guardiola. He will be stationed on the left flank.
Andre Gray is expected to lead the Hornets attack. Here is how they might line up: