TEAM NEWS: Balotelli on bench for Manchester City v Watford

Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko will start up front for Roberto Mancini's men after the Italian striker's training ground bust-up with his manager on Thursday
Mario Balotelli will start on the bench for Manchester City's FA Cup clash with Watford, two days after his training ground bust-up with Roberto Mancini.

The former Inter manager has also opted to rest Joe Hart and give Romania international Costel Pantilimon a chance in goal.

Sergio Aguero is out of the squad with a hamstring injury following City's 3-0 victory against Stoke on New Year's Day and midfielder Yaya Toure is rested for the game.

Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola has opted for a forward pairing of Troy Deeney and Udinese loanee Matej Vydra to take on City's strong centre-back pairing of Vincent Kompany and the returning Joleon Lescott.

Manchester City starting XI: Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Garcia, Barry, Milner; Silva, Tevez, Dzeko.
Subs: Hart, Rekik, Nastasic, Sinclair, Lopes, Suarez, Balotelli.

Watford starting XI: Bond; Doyley, Ekstrand, Nosworthy; Cassetti, Chalobah, Eustace, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeney, Vydra.
Subs: Bonham, Neuton, Anya, Battocchio, Yeates, Bia, Geijo