Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirms Alvaro Negredo and David Silva will miss Watford FA Cup tie

Watford Observer: Absent tomorrow: Alvaro Negredo and David Silva. Picture: Action Images Absent tomorrow: Alvaro Negredo and David Silva. Picture: Action Images

Manchester City will be without two of their star names for tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Watford – and boss Manuel Pellegrini is "expecting a difficult game”

As expected, the City manager has confirmed that striker Alvaro Negredo will be absent after sustaining a shoulder injury in the second leg of the 9-0 aggregate demolition of West Ham United that set up a Capital One Cup final date with Sunderland at Wembley.

Pellegrini has also revealed midfielder David Silva “will be rested against Watford” due to a “slight hamstring strain”.

Ominously though perhaps, Pellegrini said he has no intention of moving away from the attacking style that has so far brought City a staggering 106 goals in all competitions so far this season.

The manager told City’s website: “We try to continue to play our attacking style throughout the season. There may be games we don’t score so many goals but we won’t be changing our style and will continue our philosophy.

“Watford may not be having a great season in the Championship but they will be motivated when they play us because this is the FA Cup and they will want to beat a Premier League side.

“We are expecting a difficult game but we want to progress in this competition.”

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2:20pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Terry Dactile says...

Brilliant! We will win easily now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Brilliant! We will win easily now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! Terry Dactile
  • Score: 13

2:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

City in turnmoil............
..get on the horns now !!!!!
City in turnmoil............ ..get on the horns now !!!!! jasonwatford
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

SAHornet says...

Jeez, even so, I'm not sure that we can beat the 9 guys they will field. Still, nice of them to give us this chance. Very sporting :-)
Jeez, even so, I'm not sure that we can beat the 9 guys they will field. Still, nice of them to give us this chance. Very sporting :-) SAHornet
  • Score: 32

2:26pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bigdave8 says...

COYH They are making excuses already. We have worried them . And with these injuries we have a chance as they will have to put out a weakened strike force of Aguero and Dzeko. who ?? We have them on the ropes already!!!
COYH They are making excuses already. We have worried them . And with these injuries we have a chance as they will have to put out a weakened strike force of Aguero and Dzeko. who ?? We have them on the ropes already!!! bigdave8
  • Score: 21

3:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

With injuries to our midfield do you think he will be tempted to go 4-4-1-1, especially to combat their wide areas as I am certain Milner and Navas will start. I could see us lining up as:
Almunia
Doyley Angella Ekstrand Pudil

Faraoni Battochio Murray Anya

Forestieri

Deeney

And a 1-2 victory!!
With injuries to our midfield do you think he will be tempted to go 4-4-1-1, especially to combat their wide areas as I am certain Milner and Navas will start. I could see us lining up as: Almunia Doyley Angella Ekstrand Pudil Faraoni Battochio Murray Anya Forestieri Deeney And a 1-2 victory!! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
  • Score: 19

3:34pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Abbotshorn says...

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
With injuries to our midfield do you think he will be tempted to go 4-4-1-1, especially to combat their wide areas as I am certain Milner and Navas will start. I could see us lining up as:
Almunia
Doyley Angella Ekstrand Pudil

Faraoni Battochio Murray Anya

Forestieri

Deeney

And a 1-2 victory!!
i think he will play Ranegie
[quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: With injuries to our midfield do you think he will be tempted to go 4-4-1-1, especially to combat their wide areas as I am certain Milner and Navas will start. I could see us lining up as: Almunia Doyley Angella Ekstrand Pudil Faraoni Battochio Murray Anya Forestieri Deeney And a 1-2 victory!![/p][/quote]i think he will play Ranegie Abbotshorn
  • Score: 9

3:34pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
With injuries to our midfield do you think he will be tempted to go 4-4-1-1, especially to combat their wide areas as I am certain Milner and Navas will start. I could see us lining up as:
Almunia
Doyley Angella Ekstrand Pudil

Faraoni Battochio Murray Anya

Forestieri

Deeney

And a 1-2 victory!!
That's the kind of line up I had in mind. Essentially doubling up on full backs. I was thinking perhaps Fessi on one wing though - he has proved in the past that he can help out defensively so long as he is disciplined and holds his position - and then Anya on the other wing leaving Deeney and Ranegie up front to hold the ball up and win something in the air and feed off of crosses from Anya and FF. Whatever happens, Anya surely must start as we need his pace as an outlet.

COYH!
[quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: With injuries to our midfield do you think he will be tempted to go 4-4-1-1, especially to combat their wide areas as I am certain Milner and Navas will start. I could see us lining up as: Almunia Doyley Angella Ekstrand Pudil Faraoni Battochio Murray Anya Forestieri Deeney And a 1-2 victory!![/p][/quote]That's the kind of line up I had in mind. Essentially doubling up on full backs. I was thinking perhaps Fessi on one wing though - he has proved in the past that he can help out defensively so long as he is disciplined and holds his position - and then Anya on the other wing leaving Deeney and Ranegie up front to hold the ball up and win something in the air and feed off of crosses from Anya and FF. Whatever happens, Anya surely must start as we need his pace as an outlet. COYH! Stoney77
  • Score: 8

3:50pm Fri 24 Jan 14

grahamwfc says...

This is bad news. They will say we only one cos they had their best two players out injured.............
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This is bad news. They will say we only one cos they had their best two players out injured............. ....... grahamwfc
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

bigdave8 wrote:
COYH They are making excuses already. We have worried them . And with these injuries we have a chance as they will have to put out a weakened strike force of Aguero and Dzeko. who ?? We have them on the ropes already!!!
Caged tigers mate, caged tigers!!
[quote][p][bold]bigdave8[/bold] wrote: COYH They are making excuses already. We have worried them . And with these injuries we have a chance as they will have to put out a weakened strike force of Aguero and Dzeko. who ?? We have them on the ropes already!!![/p][/quote]Caged tigers mate, caged tigers!! Stoney77
  • Score: -3

4:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Boosey says...

They ain't gonna know whats hit them! Watford win for me, freak result of the season.
They ain't gonna know whats hit them! Watford win for me, freak result of the season. Boosey
  • Score: 10

4:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Penrice says...

With many lamenting the fading 'magic' of the cup, this is the kind of 'clash of the titans' tie that could make people sit up and take notice. For most pundits it's too close to call, but I think on balance our strength in depth will carry the day.

City 0 Watford 1 (Doyley 86).
With many lamenting the fading 'magic' of the cup, this is the kind of 'clash of the titans' tie that could make people sit up and take notice. For most pundits it's too close to call, but I think on balance our strength in depth will carry the day. City 0 Watford 1 (Doyley 86). Penrice
  • Score: 25

8:40pm Fri 24 Jan 14

matey_from_brighton says...

negredo and silva out. ..just can't see where City's goals will come from.
negredo and silva out. ..just can't see where City's goals will come from. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 7

12:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

City 0-1 Watford (Murray 90+)
City 0-1 Watford (Murray 90+) The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 1

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