Man City VS Watford Semi-Finals Live Reddit Score 4 Dec 2021
Manchester City will hope to keep pace at the Premier League summit when they take on Watford later today. With Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in action hours before in the early kick-off against West Ham and Liverpool playing Wolves at 3pm GMT, City will know whether or not beating Claudio Ranieri’s men will send them top.
City, after all, are averaging over two goals per Premier League game without having signed a striker and only Newcastle and Norwich have conceded more often than Watford. Still, Ranieri’s team shocked Manchester United at Vicarage Road and were unlucky to have lost to Chelsea in midweek, so have set at least some kind of precedent in these big games.
Watford have an injury crisis. A 12-storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying “This Is a Large Crisis”. A large crisis requires a large plan so Watford can count themselves lucky they have Claudio Ranieri in the dugout. Who better to dream up another win over a side from Manchester? Well, one manager leaps to mind, Pep Guardiola. Manchester City are navigating their own injury problems with aplomb and, as Jack Grealish and Phil Foden return to full fitness, a fifth win in succession will be expected. The chance to go top if Chelsea drop points against West Ham will only add fuel to the fire. Watford could also rappel into the relegation zone if they lose and Burnley beat Newcastle.
Man City have won each of their last 13 encounters with Watford and both teams have scored in three of the pair’s last five league meetings. Both teams have scored in four of Watford’s last six outings in the Premier League but four of the host’s last five games have ended in defeat. Man City have won each of their last six matches in all competitions and both teams have scored in four of those fixtures.
Bernardo Silva has impressed for Man City this season and is certainly one of Pep Guardiola’s most consistent players. Silva has netted 5-goals in the Premier League alone this season and is currently the club’s top-scorer, so you can see why we’re backing the Portuguese midfielder to score against Watford this weekend.
Watford gave a good account of themselves at home to Chelsea in midweek but ultimately they lost the game. Chelsea went ahead in the 30th-minute but Watford responded with an equaliser just before the break from Dennis. Chelsea moved back in front in the second forty-five but this time Watford couldn’t carve out an equaliser. Watford remain just above the relegation places but have started to look much better in the final third of late.
Goals from Dias and Silva in the first half at Villa Park helped Man City on their way to a win against Aston Villa. The hosts made a game of it with an early second-half but Pep’s men held on to secure all 3pts and hand Steven Gerrard his first taste of defeat. Only 2pts separate the top three sides in the Premier League and Man City will be hoping to take advantage of any potential Chelsea slip up this weekend and move top of the table.
Some things are more important than football, as players on both sides at Vicarage Road anxiously awaited updates following a medical emergency in the crowd, with the game being halted early in the first half on Wednesday evening.
After receiving positive news on the supporter’s condition, Watford and Chelsea resumed action on the field, but the Hornets could not replicate their fast start as Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech won the day for the Blues, who did concede to Emmanuel Dennis’s smart finish.
Claudio Ranieri’s men are now hovering just above the relegation zone in 17th place – three points better off than Burnley, who have a game in hand – but the Hornets can certainly take the positives from their narrow defeat to the European champions.
Defensive deficiencies continue to plague this Watford side, who are yet to keep a clean sheet in the 2021-22 Premier League season, and they welcome City to Vicarage Road having shipped 14 at home already – only Newcastle United have conceded more on their own patch.
Pep Guardiola had two powerful Portuguese efforts to thank as City managed to get over the line at Villa Park, ending Steven Gerrard’s 100% start to life back in the Premier League in the process.
Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva both rifled in eye-catching strikes in the first half before Ollie Watkins replied for Aston Villa just after the restart, and despite coming under siege in the West Midlands, the champions ultimately held on for a precious three points.
Victory at Villa Park marked City’s sixth triumph in a row across all competitions – during which time they have scored at least two goals in every game – and their hot streak sees them hold their second-placed ranking in the table, one point adrift of Chelsea and one clear of Liverpool.
Guardiola’s side also chalked up the latest in a long line of away successes during Wednesday’s clash, as they have now taken 16 points from the last 18 on offer on the road in the top flight, and the champions can feel confident about their prospects of chalking up at least two goals away from home for the fifth game in a row here.
City need no second invitation to hit their merciless best in this fixture, as they won both fixtures by an aggregate scoreline of 12-0 in the 2019-20 season and enter Saturday’s game on a 13-match winning streak versus the Hornets since a 1-1 draw in 2007.