After suffering two defeats on the road City’s players and supporters will be eager to get back to the KCOM for what looks like a very winnable game against mid-table Watford on Saturday afternoon.
While the loss at Stoke was disappointing (especially so given the number of chances City created), the damage was mitigated by Swansea’s failure to pick up anything against Saturday’s opponents Watford. That meant City remained in 17th place going into this weekend, two points ahead of the Swans.
Marco Silva’s team selection will be interesting with Dieumerci Mbokani back in contention and a return for Omar Elabdellaoui possibly on the cards. Harry Maguire put in another strong display at Stoke, easing fears about his injury problems. There will no doubt be calls for Niasse and Hernandez to partner one another up front again given the almost must-win nature of Saturday’s fixture.
Watford hit the 40 point mark with that victory over Swansea, all-but guaranteeing their Premier League status for next season. Ben Watson continues to recover from a groin problem and could make the squad on Saturday, but recognisable names such as Younes Kaboul and Mauro Zarate remain long-term absentees for Walter Mazzarri’s side.
The two sides have met a total of six times at the KCOM, with City just edging these meetings 3-2. The stand-out game from this set – at least for those of a black and amber persuasion – is the 4-1 play-off semi-final victory back in May 2008. A repeat of that would go down very nicely on Saturday.
You’ll be lucky to get even money on a City win as the bookies have taken note of our outstanding home form of late. Watford are priced at 16/5, with the draw at 5/2.
Harry Drew (@hdrew95)