Manchester City will continue their title pursuit on Saturday as they host relegation-battlers Watford in the Premier League.
With title rivals Liverpool going top of the Premier League temporarily on Tuesday night, City responded in the perfect way with a 3-0 win over Brighton to regain their spot at the top of the standings. City have won their last 14 consecutive games against Watford ahead of Saturday, with the last time the Hornets snatched a point off City coming back in 2007.
The aggregate score between Pep Guardiola’s side and Watford over the last five meetings has seen City win 24-2, with the last meeting at the Etihad ending in an 8-0 thrashing. Guardiola has received a boost after the return of Ruben Dias on Wednesday, and the defender could start for the first time since March 1.
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The Portugal international came off the bench for City against Brighton, and after both John Stones and Nathan Ake were taken off with knocks, Dias looks set to start. Kyle Walker could be absent once again, whilst Guardiola could rotate his squad ahead of City’s UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid next week.
So, what line-ups will both teams select and what could the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Man City vs Watford on Saturday, and this is what happened.
Man City vs Watford score predicted by simulation
We used kick-off mode on FIFA 22 but didn’t select a team to control. We then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself to give us a score prediction.
We predict that City could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Edison; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Jesus, Sterling, Grealish.
We predict that the Hornets could also set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Samir, Kamara; Sissoko, Louza, Kucka; Sarr, Pedro, Dennis.
A quick start saw City bombard the Watford goal with shots, but Ben Foster stood tall and made a couple of saves in the first 10 minutes. Guardiola’s side were playing slick, entertaining football, but their first goal of the game arrived in sloppy fashion.
Gabriel Jesus ran at his defender before chipping a ball back into the box for Kevin De Bruyne, but the Belgian’s effort was well saved by Foster. The rebound fell to Sterling who scuffed his shot at the feet of Samir, but the ball, fortunately, fell back to Sterling, and the Englishman stroked the ball into an empty net.
City continued to dominate the rest of the half but entered the break just one goal ahead, having 10 shots to Watford’s zero. With the hosts comfortably in control, City dropped the pace of their game in the second half, and after patiently waiting, they grabbed their second of the game with 20 minutes remaining.
De Bruyne found the run of Jack Grealish in behind the Watford backline, putting the winger one-on-one with Foster. The Englishman’s original shot was poor, hitting his effort straight at the goalkeeper, but the rebound fell back to the feet of Grealish, leaving him the task of tapping into an empty net.
City introduced Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez for the final 10 minutes, with both adding a new dynamic to the City attack. The game could’ve easily ended with City scoring a couple more, but an incredible performance from Foster saw the goalkeeper make 10 saves as the game finished 2-0, despite City’s incredible 9.5 expected goals value!
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Man City 2-0 Watford
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 22 predicts that, as expected, City could dominate Watford on Saturday, easing themselves to a comfortable 2-0 win. Goals from Sterling and Grealish could potentially hand City the three points on Saturday, despite Foster’s heroics as he made 10 saves. The win could give Guardiola’s side the confidence boost needed ahead of their Champions League clash next week.
What do you think the score will be? Let us know in the comments below.
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