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  • 25 January 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 46514
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Manchester City 1.10 1.10 1.10 1.10
Draw 10.00 10.00 9.00 8.00
Watford 21.00 23.00 26.00 23.00
Manchester City - Watford Preview: Pellegrini's men still on course for historic quadruple

Manchester City - Watford Preview: Pellegrini's men still on course for historic quadruple

Marcos Lopes was in the team that beat the Championship side in the third round last season and could be given another chance to start against them this weekend

Marcos Lopes has fond memories of facing Watford - and the Manchester City youngster is eager to torment the Championship side again this weekend.

The Portuguese teenager became City's youngest goalscorer when he came off the bench to seal a 3-0 FA Cup third-round victory against Watford just over a year ago.

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Lopes was aged just 17 years and eight days at the time and is hoping to get another opportunity to enhance his reputation in round four of this season's competition when City host the same opponents on Saturday.

The City starlet impressed in a 3-0 Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win at West Ham on Tuesday after being given the opportunity to start by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

And Lopes is eager to catch the eye once again this weekend, as free-scoring City attempt to stretch their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions.

City are still in the hunt to win four trophies this season and they have been in ominous form, winning 16 and drawing two of their last 18 matches.

Alvaro Negredo is not expected to be risked against Watford after injuring his shoulder at Upton Park in midweek, so Edin Dzeko could return to the starting line-up.

Pellegrini is also expected to ring the changes again, with Stevan Jovetic hoping to make his first start since October for a City side that have scored an incredible 68 goals in 17 home games this term.

Watford have not won away from home since October and face a daunting task at the Etihad Stadium.

Giuseppe Sannino's side are 15th in the second tier and they will be without defender Fitz Hall due to suspension.

Midfielder Alexander Merkel completes his three-match ban, while Tommie Hoban and Essaid Belkalem (both ankle) are set to miss out once again along with fellow defender Marco Cassetti (knee).

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Available Squads
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
64Marcos LopesMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
25FernandinhoMidfielder
35Stevan JoveticStriker
-Jonathan BondGoalkeeper
-Gabriele AngellaDefender
26L. EkstrandDefender
-Cristian BattocchioDefender
12Lloyd DoyleyDefender
-Sean MurrayMidfielder
-Daniel PudilDefender
-Marco FaraoniDefender
-IkechiMidfielder
-Troy DeeneyStriker
-Fernando ForestieriStriker
1Manuel AlmuniaGoalkeeper
-Marco CassettiDefender
-Thomas HobanDefender
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
-Luke O'NienMidfielder
-Diego FabbriniStriker
-Mathias RanégieStriker

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