MATCHDAY: Watford hosts City fighting drop after coach exits

A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Tuesday:


Watford has Hayden Mullins back in temporary charge after Nigel Pearson was the team’s third manager to be fired this season with only two games remaining. Runner-up Manchester City is the visitor to Watford, which is three points and one place above the Premier League relegation zone. Captain Troy Deeney has denied that Pearson was dismissed following a dressing room altercation on Friday at West Ham where Watford lost 3-1. Deeny told beIN Sports that Pearson “didn’t put his hands on anybody. He was just frustrated and had a firm talking to us. No one was fighting, no one was punched.” Aston Villa is directly below Watford and also has a tough match against Arsenal, which is only 10th in the standings but beat City on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final.


Two of the best teams of the restart meet when AC Milan visits Sassuolo. Europa League-chasing Milan is unbeaten over the last month, while Sassuolo’s only loss after the stop for the coronavirus pandemic came at high-flying Atalanta in its first match back. Atalanta, the only other team unbeaten in the restart, hosts Bologna following a relative drop in form with two draws in its last three games. Atalanta secured its Champions League place and a top-four finish following a draw at Hellas Verona on Saturday.


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