The Manchester City Lineup That Should Start Against Watford

Pep Guardiola will be chasing a response from his Manchester City side when they take on Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday following their FA Cup exit.

City's hopes of a second consecutive FA Cup were ended as their talismanic manager's former understudy Mikel Arteta got one over his old mentor.

Second place in the Premier League is already secured, with Guardiola looking to build up some momentum in time for their crucial Champions League clash with Real Madrid in August.

Here's the side City should field at Vicarage Road to face the Hornets, who recently ditched Nigel Pearson as they look to steer clear of the relegation zone.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Laporte in action against Arsenal

Ederson (GK) - The Brazilian shot-stopper is sure to maintain his spot in the starting lineup, being completely blameless for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brilliantly taken brace.

Joao Cancelo (RB) -
The Portuguese full back was on the bench for City's last match as he recovers from his latest injury. Kyle Walker could do with a rest, so Cancelo may be rotated in.

John Stones (CB) - Teenager Eric Garcia has impressed since coming into the side but the defeat at Wembley proved City's defensive frailties have far from dissolved. Instead, 26-year-old Stones could be given another chance to impress before the Champions League resumes.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) - When Stones and Nicolas Otamendi start together, it usually doesn't end well for City. Former Athletic Club defender Laporte has been magnificent for the Etihad outfit since his arrival and his quality is unmatched among City's central defensive options.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - Benjamin Mendy has started City's last three matches and could be rested, what with his injury record. Ukrainian midfielder turned full back Zinchenko has adapted well to his defensive duties in the last few seasons.

2. Midfielders

Bernardo Silva was left on the bench at Wembley

Rodri (DM) - The summer signing from Atletico Madrid started the FA Cup semi-final on the bench. His arrival just after the hour mark had little impact but his relative freshness could see him reinstated into the starting XI for this one.

Bernardo Silva (CM) - The club's player of the year last season was left on the sidelines for the entirety of the clash at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. He'll be keen to make his mark against Watford.

David Silva (CM) - Despite playing the majority of the match only a few days previously, 34-year-old David Silva is still a great option. Kevin De Bruyne played the full 90 minutes and Pep will want his star man in perfect condition for when they welcome Madrid.

3. Forwards

Jesus is currently City's only fit striker

Riyad Mahrez (RW) - The Algerian left the action on the 66th minute against Arsenal so should be fairly fresh for Tuesday's encounter. With Phil Foden impressing on the right hand side when given the chance, the former Leicester star will be eager to cement his starting role for the season's finale.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) - With Sergio Aguero still out injured, Gabriel Jesus will want to start grabbing his opportunity to impress before it's too late. The Brazilian striker has failed to fully grasp his chance and the 23-year-old needs to make his mark before City's record goalscorer returns.

Phil Foden (LW) - Despite normally occupying a central role or a place on the right wing, Foden could move over to the opposite flank in order to give Raheem Sterling some much-needed recovery time.

Source : 90min