Date: 29th August 2015 at 8:10am
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Manchester City dug deep last week to continue their winning start to the season with a 2-0 victory at Everton.

What would have pleased manager Manuel Pellegrini is the fact that goals are arriving from all across his team this term. It was Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri who struck last week with the latter hoping his goalscoring cameo will earn him a starting spot against the Hornets.

23rd August 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Manchester City - Samir Nasri of Man City scores their 2nd goal over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

What is more likely is that Pellegrini will keep the same line-up and the manager could soon have Kevin De Bruyne at his disposal as well.

The Belgian looks to be arriving in a £54 million deal and players such as Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling will have to be at the top of their game to keep their starting spot.

A victory here will make it a club-record 10 straight top flight wins for City, with Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta as their only injury absentees.

The visitors played an experimental side in the League Cup on Wednesday with a host of new names. It didn’t go well though as a 1-0 defeat to Preston saw them become the only top flight side knocked out at the first hurdle.

The one benefit for Quique Flores, who has no new injury concerns, is that he now has a better idea who out of his squad has what it takes to achieve Premier League survival.

Two successive clean sheets in the league prove that the defence has clicked together well but Sergio Aguero will provide Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prodl with their toughest test yet.

Captain Troy Deeney is yet to score in his debut Premier League season and Alessandro Diamanti may be given his first start to provide a bit more guile in attack.

Abdoulaye Doucoure has been linked in a £8 million move this week and that deal would make it 13 signings for the Hornets this summer.

Relationships within the squad will take time to gel but a result here would boost confidence immensely.

League Position: Man City – 1st, 9pts; Watford – 12th, 3pts
Last Meeting: Man City 4-2 Watford, January 2014
Form: Man City – WWW; Watford – DDD
Key Men: Man City – David Silva; Watford – Troy Deeney

31 July 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Watford v Sevilla - Troy Deeney of Watford - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Shoot says: Man City 3-0 Watford

 
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