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Manchester City v Watford: Team News, Line-ups & more

TEAM NEWS

Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Fabian Delph and John Stones all start against Watford.

The record-breaker Aguero could become the second player to score a Premier League hat-trick against the same opponent (Watford) twice in a season. Great to have John Stones back who remained out since November 18 after recovering from a hamstring injury.

MANAGER SAYINGS

The Blues manager was again questioned if his side can go the whole season unbeaten. Pep said,

“That is not going to happen. I am not thinking to be unbeaten.

“Maybe Arsene [Wenger] is worried about that but I tell him many times that 2004 run [when Arsenal avoided defeat throughout 2003-04] is for him.

“Today is completely different to 2004. [There] are now more strong teams, a lot of competitions, a lot of games. That is not going to happen.”

STARTING XI

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, Silva (c), De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Bravo, Bernardo, Danilo, Mangala, Gundogan, Yaya Toure, Zinchenko

Watford XI: Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Wagué, Kabasele, Zeegelaar; Doucouré, Watson; Carrillo, Capoue, Richarlison; Gray.

Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas, Cleverley, Pereyra, Sinclair.

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