Watford vs Manchester City EPL 2017 - 16th Sep


"I'm really happy with our start, especially the last match to play like we played".

He joins Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart and Tommie Hoban on the casualty list while Miguel Britos is suspended.

Captain Vincent Kompany returned to training yesterday after missing City's previous two games with an injury. However, a lack of complaints from Watford's players perhaps reflected an acceptance of their fate.

"Watford is just two points behind us", he added. Forwards Andre Gray and Richarlison were chasing shadows, though the Brazilian missed the best early chance of the game when nodding a Jose Holebas free kick wide in the 24th minute.

Their defeat means Palace become the first top-flight team in history to lose each of their opening five league fixtures without scoring a goal.

Watford had started the day hoping to reach the summit themselves but a quickfire double by Aguero either side of the half-hour mark soon erased that unlikely prospect.

On Matchday 5 of the English Premier League season, Manchester City showed it's the most entertaining team in England, Liverpool showed it has problems other than defense and Newcastle showed it will be much more than cannon fodder in its first season back in the top flight.

Watford have been playing catch up for just 33 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Previously unbeaten Watford could have also topped the Premier League with a win against Pep Guardiola's side, but they were undone by City's prolific attack who have now scored 15 goals in three matches. This includes an exciting 3-3 tie against Liverpool to open the season.

The Hornets have picked up victories on the road at Bournemouth and Southampton but they are still searching for their first league win at home this season.

Pep Guardiola has challenged Yaya Toure to win back his place in the Manchester City team after the veteran midfielder's recent absence from the squad. However, we are backing a 3-1 win for the Citizens as our prediction in this game.

There was the memorable FA Cup game in January 2014 when Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney put Watford 2-0 up at the break and it was not until the 78th minute that Sergio Aguero pulled City level, and the 86th minute that Aleksandar Kolarov's put them ahead.

Image courtesy of Man City via YouTube, with thanks.