Picking the Best Potential Starting Lineup as Watford Host Manchester City

​Watford play hosts to second place Manchester City this weekend with Marco Silva looking for another important tactical display to upset one of the title favourites.

Despite lacking significant number sat the back Silva will needing his defence to hold firm to stand any chance of keeping out the prolific pairing of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

But the Hornets flair filled forwards will have to be at their blistering best to cause issues for a City defence that may lack in cover at times with the full-backs looking to move forward whenever possible.


  • Gomes

​Watford's number one will be looking to hold out a strong, firing forward line of City.


  • Femenia
  • Mariappa
  • Kabasele
  • Holebas

​The full backs will look set to keep their places in the side with Kiko Femenia and Jose Holebas giving the wide cover to yet another altered centre-back duo for Silva.

Adrian Mariappa will likely feature, bringing Premier League experience to the back line alongside last weekends top performer Christian Kabasele who put in his finest performance as a Hornet.

But the Hornets are short of options at the back with Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl and Craig Cathcart all unavailable due to injury, with Miguel Britos sitting out the second of his three-match suspension.


  • Doucouré
  • Cleverley
  • Chalobah

​The central midfield trio will likely keep their places as Abdoulaye Doucoure looks to add another to his two goal tally already this campaign.

English pairing Tom Cleverley and Nathaniel Chalobah will sit alongside Doucoure and put in a solid defensive shift to hold off City's attacking midfielder-heavy lineup with a hard-working shift needed in the middle of the park.


  • Carrillo
  • Gray
  • Richarlison

​Andre Gray will hold his target man position up top with a game playing on the counter, and off the shoulder of City's centre-half pairing needed to bring success for the Hornets.

The pacy pair of Andre Carrillo and Brazilian youngster Richarlison will be key, needing direct play and quick attacking support against a likely back three of Man City's throughout the duration of the tie.