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    Watford v Manchester City: Match Preview

    By Alex Easley
    Manuel Pellegrini takes his Manchester City side to Watford for Saturday evening's clash.
    Manchester City have Fabian Delph, Gael Clichy and Fernando back in contention for their trip to take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.

    The visitors were held 0-0 by Leicester City in the week, which left them in third place and just three points behind the joint league leaders Leicester and Arsenal over the festive period.

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini had this to say about if he needs any January incomings: "No, really I think the squad is complete.

    "As always, I said that we are not going to close the window but we are not really thinking of any special players to bring in."

    Watford’s recent run of going five games unbeaten, including four wins, came to an end thanks to a last minute 2-1 defeat by Tottenham on Monday.

    However, Quique Sanchez Flores’ side remain in the top half of the table in ninth place with a respectable 29 points and are just one point behind Liverpool and Manchester United.

    Flores has said: "After the last match, one of my kids was crying because we lost in the last minute.

    "In seconds I found maybe 10 or 12 reasons to say 'Paulo, we need to be happy'.

    "We are competitive, we have a good connection with the fans, they are happy, we are in a good position, we are playing well and have the possibility to win a lot.

    "So we have a lot of reasons to be happy, I don't have any reason to be sad."
    Quique Sanchez Flores says Watford have lots of reasons to be happy despite the harsh defeat by Tottenham on Monday.

    City must continue without Vincent Kompany for the trip to Vicarage Road and the captain could be out for another four weeks as he continues to struggle with a calf injury.

    But Delph and Clichy are both back in contention after missing Tuesday's trip to Leicester with minor knocks, and Fernando is also available again after five games out.

    The Hornets will be without Nathan Ake through suspension as the Chelsea loanee was sent off in Monday's defeat to Tottenham after a high challenge on Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela.

    Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores has no new injury worries, but remains without defenders Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand.



    Manchester City are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games against Watford (W6, D2).

    City's last defeat against the Hornets came in a Division Two match on 4 March 1989.

    The last time they lost a top-flight game against them was on 18 April 1987, when Watford won 2-1 at Maine Road.


    The Hornets have suffered four Premier League home defeats - only West Brom, Sunderland and Aston Villa have worse records.

    Odion Ighalo has scored in six successive top-flight games - and is the first Watford player to achieve this feat.

    If Ighalo scores on Sunday he will equal the Watford club record of scoring in seven successive games, set by Frank McPherson in 1928-29 (in Division Three South).

    Ighalo and Troy Deeney have scored 20 of the Hornets' 24 Premier League goals this season.

    Only two teams have been relegated after beginning the new year in the top half of the Premier League table - Norwich (seventh in 1995) and Blackpool (eighth in 2011).
    Odion Ighalo will equal a club record of scoring in seven successive Watford games if he nets against Manchester City.
    Manchester City

    Manchester City are winless in their last six away league games (D3, L3) - their worst run on the road since 2011.

    City last went seven successive Premier League away games without a win between September and December 2009.

    They have netted just one away league goal since September.

    Sergio Aguero has failed to score in his last four appearances for City - having netted seven his previous three games.

    They have won their opening match of the new year in eight of the last nine seasons. The exception was the 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on New Year's Day 2012.

    Kevin De Bruyne has scored only one goal and provided no assists in seven Premier League away games for City - compared to four goals and eight assists in eight home league matches.

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