For City, four of their last six encounters with the Hornets have gone their way, including a 5-0 drubbing on the final day of last season, with only two draws between the teams since the Premier League's inception. The clash takes place at Vicarage Road, kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 (GMT).
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"It is really hard in the Premier League to achieve three clean sheets in a row and we achieved something very important to us", the Portuguese said.
"It's not the best way, as he only worked with us since last Friday".
There are plenty of pros for both men to play: City's back-line is still shaky without Vincent Kompany and Gray's pace could cause them all sorts of problems; by the same token, Deeney's physicality will not make it an easy afternoon for messrs Stone and co either.
The Ivorian has not featured this season and was left out of the party that travelled to Rotterdam for the club's impressive 4-0 win over Feyenoord in their opening Champions League group game on Wednesday.
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"We gave a good performance and we are so happy with what we have done".
"Of course I am so satisfied", Guardiola said.
City had 28 shots in total with 10 on target - five in each half - while individually, David Silva had 88 touches, completing 93% of his passes with two assists, and De Bruyne also impressed making four key passes and setting up the opener. "We need him and hopefully he'll score a lot more goals". We can win at home, away - it doesn't matter where.
The skipper's Premier League season has been limited to two brief substitute appearances and he will be desperate to get his first start and prove he can still be the main man.
Before the Bournemouth game Guardiola, uncharacteristically, admitted he was concerned about his side's inability to finish their chances. You could see the coach rotated five players.
Champions Chelsea, who also won their first Champions League group match in midweek, and with Arsenal the visitors on Sunday, they know they have to recover quickly.
However, he is yet to feature so far this season, as he was named on the bench for their first three matches before then missing out entirely against Liverpool last time out, reportedly due to coaching staff being concerned with a perceived lack of fitness - claims rebuffed by his agent.