Watford's Kaboul, Prodl out of Manchester City clash

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"We tried absolutely everything, but I think it was not the salary".

Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart, and Miguel Britos are will not play in this match.

There was also good news for Vincent Kompany, who could be involved at Watford after missing the 5-0 win over Liverpool with a calf problem.

But he is unlikely to play a part against Watford.

Englishman Andre Gray could lead the line, as he did against the Saints with the young Brazilian Ricarlison pushing up on the left and Carillo on the right. "I need him, the team needs him".

City are now second in the Premier League, behind Manchester United only on goal difference.

Man City however have started the season brightly and look good value to add some silverware to their collection come next May.

For Pep, I believe he will start the majority of the side who started midweek, indicated by the fact he substituted Silva, Aguero and Fernandinho during the second half.

But while Guardiola says he is pleased with his team's performances in recent weeks, he is demanding more consistency from his chargers.

Last season, however, City won only two of the six league games they played following a European group stage match, and Guardiola wants them to show an improvement.

It's nearly 35 years to the day since Graham Taylor's Watford beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 to move top of what was then the First Division.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praises his side's attacking prowess after they win their last three games by an aggregate 15-0 scoreline.

Three points tomorrow would be a real statement from Watford and put to bed a long, fruitless spell of games against City.

Three-goal Sergio Aguero was the star for Manchester City as they embarrassed Watford.

The worldwide superstar gushed over Guardiola, but he would have expected his Watford side give a much better account of themselves than on the Catalan's last visit to Vicarage Road.

Unbeaten Watford can go top for the first time in 35 years by beating Manchester City today.

Man City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne reckons the intense competition for places at the club is helping to maintain their standards on the pitch.

Marco Silva's Watford will be a huge test of City's title credentials, with the Hornets proving to be tough customers thus far.



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