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Premier League: Watford v Man City – huge day in relegation battle

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Tom Rostance

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  1. Post update

    It’s so often the way. There are a lot of seasons where my favourite hour has been the hour before the first game of the season kicks off.

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    SMS Message: The next 5 hours are going to be absolutely torturous, why do we put ourselves through it… from Griff, Villa fan, Birmingham

    The next 5 hours are going to be absolutely torturous, why do we put ourselves through it…

  3. Post update

    Watford v Manchester City (18:00 BST)

    Gabriel Jesus has scored in 33 Premier League games for Manchester City and ended on the winning side in 32 of those (D1), a win ratio of 97% – the best of any player to have scored in at least 20 games in Premier League history. City have won the last 30 league games when Jesus has found the net.

  4. Post update

    You do wonder if it’s even worth Watford appointing a full-time manager again or whether they should go down theHave I Got News For Youroute, post-Deaton, and just have a different person in charge every week.

    Would be interesting.

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    Lovely use of ‘caretaker manager bounce’…

    SMS Message: I’ve seen a few Watford vs Man City games in recent years as a season ticket holder and it is never pretty. Without the sacking of Pearson I had it down as a guaranteed 0-5.
    Caretaker manager bounce anyone?
    This season’s malaise can be traced right back to the reaction to the FA Cup semi final win vs Wolves. We’ve played two good halves of football in the same match once since then. No prizes for guessing which one. from Jeff in Maidenhead

    I’ve seen a few Watford vs Man City games in recent years as a season ticket holder and it is never pretty. Without the sacking of Pearson I had it down as a guaranteed 0-5.
    Caretaker manager bounce anyone?
    This season’s malaise can be traced right back to the reaction to the FA Cup semi final win vs Wolves. We’ve played two good halves of football in the same match once since then. No prizes for guessing which one.

  6. Five for a record

    Watford v Manchester City (18:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    In fact, Man City need to score four goals in this match to equal the Premier League record for goals against an opponent in a single season (12), having won 8-0 in the reverse game.

    The record is held by Blackburn (1995-96 vs Nottingham Forest) and Spurs (2009-10 vs Wigan); City have averaged four goals per game under Pep Guardiola against Watford in the Premier League.

  7. Not you AGAIN

    Watford v Manchester City (18:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    If Hayden Mullins was in any doubt as to the size of his task this evening, Watford’s biggest ever top-flight home defeat (0-6 in September 2017) and biggest ever overall league defeat (0-8 in September 2019) have come against Manchester City.

  8. Post update

    If there was a fight between the players and Nigel Pearson they would have had to make more than two changes so that puts that to bed.

  9. Post update

    Nope – it’s a very, very, very strong Manchester City side.

  10. BreakingTeam news

    Watford v Man City (18:00 BST)

    Hayden Mullins makes two changes for his first game back in caretaker charge ofWatford. Adrian Mariappa takes the place of Adam Masina, who had been struggling with an injury but makes the bench.

    In attack, Danny Welbeck drops to the substitutes, with Roberto Pereyra stepping into the starting XI.

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    Manchester Citymake four changes from the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

    Joao Cancelo comes in for Banjemin Mendy in defence. Further forward, Rodri replaces Ilkay Gundogan, while Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva start in place of Riyad Mahrez and David Silva.

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    Watford v Manchester City (18:00 BST)

    Team news incoming. Maybe Pep will do Watford a favour and just play his entire youth team…

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  13. Pearson ‘one of managers of year’

    Watford

    Nigel Pearson

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    Nigel Pearson could have been a contender for Premier League manager of the year rather than being sacked by Watford, says West Ham’s David Moyes.

    Pearson, 56, was sacked with fourth-bottom Watford three points clear of safety and two games left to play.

    He won seven Premier League matches since taking over in December, but the Hornets made the decision afterFriday’s loss at West Ham.

    “I was amazed that Watford have done what they’ve done,” Moyes said.

    “If Watford had stayed up – and I think they’ve still got a great chance of staying up – he could easily have been recommended for manager of the year, with the position they were in when he took over.”

  14. Who needs what?

    Aston Villa v Arsenal (20:15 BST)

    Watford goal

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    A Watford win would nearly relegate Villa before they play later – it could depend on goal difference, though the teams are very tight.

    Should Villa get beaten tonight, and the Hornets DO NOT lose, then Villa will be back in the Championship.

    A Villa loss and a Watford loss would take it to the final day of the season.

    A point for Watford tonight would cement Bournemouth’s relegation too.

  15. What’s at stake?

    Let’s have a look at the situation facing Watford and Aston Villa tonight then.

    Table

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    In much the same way that Mark Hughes took credit for keeping Southampton up the other year, Hayden Mullins could get absolutely trounced in his two games in charge and still deliver survival. Watford are in the box seats.

    BUT a win for Aston Villa tonight and the final day of the season could promise to be a real nail-biter…

  16. Time for a change…

    Watford v Manchester City (18:00 BST)

    Nigel Pearson

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    The day you become weary of a Watford managerial change is perhaps the day you become weary of life itself.

    Hayden Mullins

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    But even by the 21st Century standards at Vicarage Road, the decision to pot Nigel Pearson with two games left and Premier League survival within his very grasp seemed an odd call.

    Troy Deeney

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    Was there apunch-upin the dressing room? Was the performance against West Ham so bad that change had to happen?

    Or did the owners just get bored having not sacked a manager in 2020 yet?

    Who knows. What we do know is Hayden Mullins has been thrown either the chance of a lifetime or under the bus.

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