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City v Watford: Kick-off, TV and team news

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Everything you need to know ahead of our home clash with Watford...

When and where

The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, 21 September at the Etihad Stadium. 

The match will not be screened live in the UK but you can keep up-to-date with all the action via our Matchday Centre or on Twitter: @ManCity

If you are watching from abroad, check out our TV listings to find out how you can tune in wherever you are in the world.

Team news


Aymeric Laporte (knee), John Stones (thigh) and Leroy Sane (knee) will all miss the game for City.

Phil Foden (stomach upset) faces a late fitness test.

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Benjamin Mendy made his first appearance since April in midweek and could again feature on the bench.


Craig Cathcart (thigh) and Troy Deeney (knee) will both miss Saturday's game.

Guardiola on Watford

"It (last May's FA Cup final) was the last game of the season; we played that game knowing we could be part of something unique in English football history.

"We had a few problems in the beginning but after that it was good. We won the Premier League a week before.

"Now it’s completely different. It’s the beginning of season, they have Quique Sanchez Flores. I saw the second half against Arsenal and, wow, it was incredible how they play.

"Every game has problems. I don’t compare with FA Cup game."

Match officials 

RefereeMike Dean.

AssistantsIan Hussin, & Dan Robathan.

Fourth official: Jeremy Simpson.

VAR:.Craig Pawson

Assistant VAR: Richard West

Last time out

City returned to winning ways with a midweek Champions League win over Shakhtar....Watford held Arsenal 2-2 at Vicarage Road.

WATCH: Short UCL highlights: Shakhtar 0-3 City

Last meeting

The last time City met Watford was at Wembley in May for the 2019 FA Cup final...

WATCH: City 6-0 Watford: Extended highlights



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