A disappointing evening for Watford away at West Ham saw the board get rid of their third manager of the campaign in Nigel Pearson.
That leaves Hayden Mullins as the temporary manager for their final two games against a devastating Man City side and Arsenal, and with Aston Villa and Bournemouth just three points behind them in 18th, relegation could very likely be an option.
The Citizens will be feeling hurt by their recent defeat to the Gunners at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, but they’ve still won seven of their 10 matches since the enforced mid-season break, beating all of Burnley, Newcastle and Brighton 5-0, champions Liverpool 4-0 and Arsenal 3-0, so big results are still in their DNA.
Furthermore, with their last-16 Champions League match with Real Madrid just over two weeks away, they’ll want to grow their confidence for that and you’d imagine if Pep Guardiola had to pick one team to play at the minute the Hornets would be very high up on that list having thrashed them 8-0 back in September.
The hosts have a respectable record at Vicarage Road since the start of December, going W6-D3-L2 from their 11 matches as they beat the likes of Man Utd, Wolves and Liverpool.
However, their recent form is what worries us, as other than victories over a woeful Norwich side and an unmotivated Newcastle outfit they’ve lost five of their other six winless matches since the beginning of March and that doesn’t look like changing this week.
Man City -1 Handicap
City have won their last 12 matches across all competitions against Watford, including their two most recent by an 14-0 aggregate scoreline, while the three times Guardiola has travelled to this stadium they have won each of them by an aggregate scoreline of 13-1.
In fact, the hosts have lost eight of their nine meetings here with both the Citizens and the Reds since the start of 2016/17 in the league alone, with over half of them being by at least two clear strikes and that looks the way to go again for us.
Raheem Sterling To Score Anytime
The go to men at the moment for the visitors in the scoring department have been both Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
However, the England international winger has slightly outdone his fellow team-mate with a hattrick in their last road game at Brighton, while he has seven goals from his four appearances in all tournaments against Watford since start 2017/18, netting in each.