Manchester City - Watford Betting Preview: Citizens expected to enjoy cup cruise

Roberto Mancini's men crashed out of the FA Cup at this stage of last year's competition but Willie Duncan is anticipating an easy afternoon for Roberto Mancini's men on Saturday
Manchester City exited the third round of last year’s FA Cup when they were defeated by rivals Manchester United and Roberto Mancini will be desperate to see his side avoid a similar fate when they play host to Watford in this year’s third round tie at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Citizens ran out as comfortable 3-0 winners over Stoke City on Tuesday and they are available at just 1/7 (1.14) with William Hill to secure their place in the FA Cup fourth round with victory over Gianfranco Zola’s men.

The Hornets, who were knocked out of last year’s competition at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, are chalked up at 14/1 (15.0) with William Hill to cause a massive upset by stunning City, while the same firm go 7/1 (8.0) that Zola’s men hold the hosts to earn a replay.

Premier League champions City will be without Argentina striker Sergio Aguero for this match after he limped out of Tuesday’s clash with Stoke and Aguero’s fellow countryman, Carlos Tevez, is available at 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to bag the opening goal of the game, while Edin Dzeko can also be backed at 3/1 (4.0) with the same firm to break the deadlock.

Gianfranco Zola will surely be concerned about his side’s defensive frailties ahead of this weekend’s clash at Etihad Stadium, having kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 matches, and it is worth noting that the Hornets conceded four times at home to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday afternoon.

With that in mind, the 23/20 (2.15) on offer from William Hill for Manchester City (-2) in the handicap market carries plenty of appeal here as does the juicy 6/1 (7.0) quote from the same firm for the citizens to enjoy a repeat of their 3-0 triumph against the Potters.

After the bitter disappointment of last year’s early exit to city rivals Manchester United, Mancini’s men will be desperate to make amends this season and William Hill’s 23/20 (2.15) quote for City to get their FA Cup campaign off to a convincing start by winning by three or more goals should be snapped up here.

Manchester City (-2) to win at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill
Manchester City to win 3-0 at 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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