Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 23 April 2022
Kickoff at 15:00 BST
Etihad Stadium,Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

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

When and where

City welcome the Hornets to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 23 April, with kick-off scheduled for 15:00 (UK).

The match will not be broadcast live in the UK but key moments of the action can be accessed on Twitter: @ManCity.

You can also find out how to tune in, wherever you are in the world, by checking out our global TV listings at the foot of this page.

TEAMS 

City

XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Grealish, Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Steffen, Ake, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Palmer

Watford

XI: Foster, Ngakia, Louza, King, Cleverley, Kamara, Sissoko, Samir, Sarr, Dennis, Kabasele

Subs: Bachmann, Troost-Ekong, Joao Pedro, Masina, Sema, Nkoulou, Cathcart, Gosling, Kayembe

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Man City app coverage

As always, the Man City app will offer comprehensive coverage of our Premier League showdown across the afternoon and evening.

Our Matchday Centre will begin at 13:00, offering detailed analysis, statistics and text commentary right through until Pep Guardiola’s post-match press conference, while Matchday Live will offer a City-centric take on proceedings from one hour prior to kick-off.

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Alistair Mann will also be joined by Andy Morrison to call the action with audio commentary at the Etihad Stadium once the game gets under way.

A match report plus player and Pep Guardiola reaction can be accessed from full-time, while a free-to-view highlights package will also be made available from 19:00 (UK).

Should you miss the game or just want to relive the action, then a full-match replay can also be enjoyed with a CITY+ subscription from midnight.

Matchday Live

Michael Brown and Paul Dickov will be special guests on this weekend’s Matchday Live show, offering their thoughts before, during and after the action at the Etihad Stadium.

The show gets under way from 14:00 (UK), with the former City duo casting their eye over Pep Guardiola’s current crop before reconvening for further half-time and post-match debriefs.

Available to watch on all our official digital platforms, Matchday Live provides a unique City-centric experience for each of Pep Guardiola’s men’s matches.

To get involved, share your opinion and ask Michael or Paul a question, send a WhatsApp: +447537186538 or via this link.

Pep Guardiola preview

The City boss will look ahead to our clash with Watford when he addresses the media on Friday 22 April at the City Football Academy.

Guardiola’s press conference gets under way from 13:30, where he will also provide the latest team news and share his thoughts on our opponents ahead of Saturday’s showdown.

As always, you can tune in live on mancity.com and the official Man City app, while a written reflection and full video replay can also be accessed soon after the press conference’s conclusion.

Last time out

Goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva were enough to move City back to the Premier League summit with a 3-0 win over Brighton.

Liverpool’s 4-0 triumph over Manchester United had seen Pep Guardiola’s men drop to second, but we restored our one-point lead at the top of the table with a convincing win against the Seagulls.

Previous meeting

City turned on the style at Vicarage Road back in December, moving top of the Premier League for the first time this season with a deserved 3-1 victory.

Raheem Sterling headed home from close-range to open the scoring inside four minutes, before Bernardo Silva doubled our advantage from a tight angle after Ilkay Gundogan’s initial effort had been saved.

The Portuguese midfielder curled home a sumptuous third on the hour, before Watford substitute Cucho Hernandez grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

The two sides have faced each other 31 times in total, with City coming away as victors on 20 occasions.

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Form Guide

Pep Guardiola’s men are unbeaten in each of our last six Premier League matches, coming into the tie with a one-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the table.

City have only tasted defeat twice in our last 26 matches in all competitions, spanning all the way back to mid-December.

Watford are currently 19th in the Premier League, seven points from safety. The Hornets have lost each of their last three matches since a 2-1 win away to Southampton at the end of March.

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Match Programme

Our official matchday programme is the perfect way to get you in the mood for Saturday’s clash.

It’s packed full of exclusive interviews, in-depth features, Pep Guardiola's pre-match notes, superb photography and all the stats and facts you could want to keep you entertained before kick-off.

As well as being available for purchase at the ground, supporters who may not be able to attend the game can still order the City matchday programme online for home delivery.

Fans can also order a programme subscription, which saves 25p per issue and includes free postage and packing in the UK.

Order your City v Watford programme, HERE

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Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Beck
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss
VAR: Lee Mason
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann.

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