Watford face another daunting task on Saturday evening as they take on reigning champions Manchester City in the Premier League.
Claudio Ranieri’s side face City just days after narrowly losing 2-1 to leaders Chelsea. The Hornets have lost five of the seven games that Ranieri has overseen so far, but there have been encouraging moments – such as 5-2 and 4-1 victories over Everton and Manchester United respectively.
They’ll be aiming to end a run of two consecutive defeats, however, against a Manchester City side that has rampaged to a run of six straight wins in all competitions. Good luck.
Here’s who Ranieri could field in this one.
Daniel Bachmann (GK) – With Ben Foster out of contention, Austrian goalkeeper Bachmann looks set for a seventh Premier League start of the campaign.
Kiko Femenia (RB) – Didn’t fare too badly against Chelsea in midweek, and will hope for a similar individual performance against an equally daunting prospect on Saturday.
Craig Cathcart (CB) – Missed just two league outings so far this term and should be in line for an eighth consecutive start this weekend.
William Troost-Ekong (CB) – With Nicolas N’Koulou out of action, the Nigerian international will likely get the nod once more.
Danny Rose (LB) – Adam Masina was forced off early against Chelsea, allowing Rose to fill in and do a good job in his place. Deserves a start this time around.
Imran Louza (DM) – Played well in midweek and should have done enough to keep his place in the side.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – Was arguably the standout in a Watford shirt against Chelsea and will have to be on top form to contain City’s midfield.
Tom Cleverley (CM) – Juraj Kucka may come knocking for a return to the starting XI, although Cleverley’s industry and dogged determination could see him start against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Emmanuel Dennis (RW) – Turning out to be a phenomenal addition to the Premier League. A well-taken goal against Chelsea put him on six to go with five assists already this campaign. Top player.
Josh King (ST) – With five goals in his last six league appearances – even if three did come in one game – he’s regularly looking a threat for Watford.
Joao Pedro (LW) – With Ismaila Sarr absent, Joao Pedro will likely get another opportunity in Ranieri’s front line.