Match to be played on Saturday January 25 2014 at 15:00 GMT. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
City have just secured their place in the Carling Cup final and they are well placed in both the Premier League and Champions League so they are building plenty of useful momentum.
Manuel Pellegrini is likely to make several changes to his side for this game. Here’s the side he could go with.
GK – Costel Pantilimon
Pantilimon has done a superb job when he’s been called upon this season and he’ll offer strength and leadership in the back four.
RB – Dedryck Boyata
Boyata has done a decent job at right-back this season and he deserves a chance to continue in the starting line-up.
CB – Joleon Lescott
This is a chance for Lescott to put forward a claim that he should be starting in the back four more frequently.
CB – Martin Demichelis
He’ll be fresh after he was an unused substitute against West Ham during mid-week and he’ll inject even more experience into the side.
LB – Gael Clichy
Clichy’s pace is going to be very useful if City get caught on the counter attack, as they’re bound to spend most of this game in Watford’s half.
RM – Jesus Navas
Navas has the ability to completely control this game for City down the right hand side. He’ll drift in, stay out wide and had the pace to track back.
CM – Javi Garcia
Garcia is a good player for Pellegrini to use in this game because he can offer protection to the defence during the rare periods Watford have some possession.
CM – Jack Rodwell
Rodwell will be urged to get on the ball and be the creative force which drives the team forward in this game.
LM – Marcos Lopes
Lopes completed the game against West Ham earlier this week and this will be another chance for him to get good first team experience.
ST – Stevan Jovetic
Jovetic hasn’t set the world alight since he joined the club last summer but he can get some goals and momentum if he starts.
ST – Eden Dzeko
Dzeko could be the man that City use right at the very top of their attack to back into the defence, creating space for others to move in and get on the ball.
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