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Team news: Sterling returns against Hornets

PURE JOY: Sterling rushes over to the travelling supporters as he snatches all three points in the final minute.

PURE JOY: Sterling rushes over to the travelling supporters as he snatches all three points in the final minute.

Raheem Sterling returns to the starting XI as Pep Guardiola makes one change from the 4-0 win over Feyenoord in midweek…

Bernardo Silva drops back down to the bench while Vincent Kompany is still sidelined as he recovers from a calf injury.

Team:

Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Silva, Aguero, G Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Delph, Mangala, Sane, Danilo, Gundogan, Bernardo

Formation:

City look like they’ll be (more or less) operating a 4-4-2 formation this afternoon, but with Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker raiding down the flanks, Fernandinho could always operate as an additional defender in a three-man central defence.

HE'S BACK: Raheem recalled...

David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are likely to play fairly central supplying the ammunition for Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero – expect Sterling to pop up on either wing.

Watford starting XI:

Stats, milestones and trivia…

City are unbeaten in 13 Premier League matches

Watford have never beaten the Blues in the Premier League and their last win in this fixture was 28 years ago, in 1989 – since then, City have won nine and drawn to of the subsequent meetings

Watford have started the season unbeaten in four game - the first time they have done so in the top flight.

Sergio Aguero is just five goals short of equalling Eric Brook’s record of 177 goals – he has scored six in four games against the Hornets

Gabriel Jesus has scored 10 goals and created four assists in 14 Premier League appearances

Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi are both nearing a century of appearances for the Blues – Sterling is on 98 appearances, Otamendi 97 and De Bruyne 95.

 

Media Watch

Danilo: We can’t lose focus of our goal

DANILO DREAM: City's new recruit says the Blues must remain focused

It’s matchday! City are back in Premier League action this afternoon with a trip to Watford – and naturally, that’s the topic dominating the headlines this morning.

New recruit Danilo, who earned a recall to Brazil’s national team yesterday, has previewed the encounter at Vicarage Road, asserting he is impressed – but not surprised – with the Hornets’ start to the season.

Picture Special

Kompany and Yaya train ahead of Watford

Match Preview

Watford v City: Kick off time, TV & team news