The Italian kicked things off with a dismal 5-0 defeat to Liverpool but since then he seems to have learned a great deal about his squad. Big wins over Everton and Manchester United have caught the headlines, but superb performances in defeat to Arsenal and particularly Chelsea were equally as impressive.
Ranieri will want to take some momentum into a more winnable run of games against Brentford, Burnley and Crystal Palace. But he will also know this is something of a free hit - a mentality which could prove dangerous for Pep Guardiola’s outfit.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match today.
When is Watford vs Manchester City?
The match will kick off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday, 4 December.
How can I watch it?
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What is the team news?
Watford are set to be without Adam Masina after he came off for Danny Rose in the 12th minute of their defeat to Chelsea. Ranieri’s long-term absentees include Ismaila Sarr, Peter Etebo, Kwadwo Baah, Ben Foster and Nicolas N’Koulou.
Man City are still without Ferran Torres due to injury, while Kevin de Bruyne is unlikely to have recovered in time from coronavirus. Aymeric Laporte returns from suspension, with Phil Foden and Jack Grealish hoping to start after being deemed fit for the bench in the win over Aston Villa.
Watford: Bachmann; Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Rose; Kucka; Dennis, Sissoko, Cleverley, Pedro; King
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Sterling, Grealish
Watford - 15/1
Draw - 34/5
Man City - 23/100
The Man City train is beginning to gain momentum as they look to secure their seventh successive victory in a row. Watford were impressive in their win over Manchester United but were then undone by Leicester. They put in an excellent display against Chelsea despite losing 2-1, but very few teams on the planet can live with how City are playing at the moment. 3-1 Man City.