Watford FC vs Manchester City, 21/07/2020

July. 21, 2020, 5:00 pm

Manchester City Odds Against Watford for July 21st

Manchester City’s league campaign has been dead rubber for a matter of months now. Liverpool has been ahead for so long and City’s own Champions League qualification has been secure since the beginning of the season; aside from the whole being banned from the competition which has since been overturned. 

The two competitions that were continuing to drive this City side was the FA Cup and the Champions League. However, after their convincing 2-0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, City finds themselves no longer able to defend their FA Cup trophy and counting on the Champions League to have an opportunity to still call this season a success.  

They are still on a three-match league winning streak, narrowly beating Bournemouth 2-1 in their last outing. They come up against another relegation-threatened team in Watford. The Hornets are 17th with 34 points, three ahead of Bournemouth with two games remaining. 

With two wins in their last three games, Watford should be safe but with games against Manchester City and Arsenal coming up, the relegation race could go to the final day. Their crucial 3-1 loss to West Ham who went ahead of them with the win proved to be Nigel Pearson’s last game in charge as he was sacked subsequently. 

Manchester City Odds to Remain Unbeaten Against Watford

Manchester City holds one of the longest unbeaten records against Watford in the league, having not lost a game in all competitions to them since 1989. They’re also on a 12-match winning streak spanning back to 2013. City embarrassingly dispatched Watford 6-0 in last year’s FA Cup final and followed that up with an even more embarrassing 8-0 victory back in September. 

It’s fair to say that Watford has fared as a bit of a punching bag for City in recent years and whether that will happen again on Tuesday night is another question.  

Sportsbooks odds on Watford getting a win and essentially marking their spot in the Premier League next season opens at +750. Odds on City making it four league wins in a row open at -333. Odds on a draw between the two clubs open at +500. 

Is Pep Guardiola Under Pressure?

To say that a manager who’s spent more than £400m just on defenders and is currently 19 points behind the league leaders, well, that would be stupid. 

Yes, Pep is one of the greatest managers in the world today and probably in history but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s failed this season and failed with one of the biggest checkbooks in football. 

Losing the title to a rival is one thing but losing it in the devastating fashion that they did, that’s a whole other thing entirely. 

Next season will be a massive win for Pep and his squad. With Liverpool retaining their best players and with Chelsea and Manchester United look like serious contenders, there will be no room for error for Pep.