Sheffield United v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Sheffield United v Watford

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Thursday, December 26, 2019


Bramall Lane

Punter's Pick

Sheffield United start this game as favourites and we feel the the 5/6 being offered by Bet365 for a United win is excellent value. The Blades have been scintillating at times in front of their home fans and will fancy breaking through a Watford team without Abdoulaye Doucoure. However Watford are much improved and will be buoyed by the fact that Sheffield United’s defeats this season have all come at home. There is a case to back a Double Chance at 5/6 on Watford to not lose on Boxing Day.

Sheffield United welcome Watford to Bramall Lane in a clash between two teams battling at opposite ends of the table. Sheffield United will be looking to keep their push for a European place alive while Watford will be looking to continue their resurgence under Nigel Pearson and fight to avoid relegation.

Sheffield United have been the surprise package of the season and currently occupy fifth spot. Although Chris Wilder won’t let anyone get ahead of themselves, the team are only four points off a Champions League place and after the exploits of Leicester City when they won the league, no one will completely write of Sheffield United’s chances of breaking through. The team come into this game having won three on the bounce, with wins over Norwich City, Aston Villa and Brighton and have lost just one of their last 11 games. The team has been built on a solid and consistent defensive unit but much of their one-touch football and attacking play has also been lauded. Graeme Souness likened them to Barcelona at times and that is the ultimate compliment for a side that has been promoted this season and operating without a big budget. The team have a difficult set of upcoming fixtures after Watford with back to back games against Manchester City and Liverpool, so victory becomes crucial against Watford if they are to maintain their position.

Watford have been rejuvenated since the arrival of Nigel Pearson and the signs were obvious even in his first game in charge against Liverpool. The Hornets attacked the league leaders at Anfield and created a hatful of chances, but were unable to convert. They didn’t repeat that mistake last time as they outfought and outplayed a lacklustre Manchester United side on their way to a 2-0 victory. The home side were thankful to a horror moment from David De Gea which allowed Ismaila Sarr to get his second league goal before Troy Deeney converted a penalty four minutes later. But the manager will have been pleased with Watford’s harassment of United players and their willingness to throw their bodies on the line when defending and this bodes well for the remainder of the season. With Deulofeu growing in confidence and carrying the ball forward and Deeney’s return, the Hornet’s will be confident they could secure the great escape under Pearson.

In team news Sheffield United welcome back John Fleck who was suspended at the weekend. The striker has been in great form and will be a welcome addition. There have been no fresh injuries ahead of this clash with Chris Wilder having to make some difficult decisions as to who starts.

Watford will be without Abdoulaye Doucoure with the towering midfielder suspended having picked up five bookings in the season. Nigel Pearson has real restrictions with Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Jose Holebas, Sebastian Prodl and Daryl Janmaat all missing for this one.

In the reverse fixture, these two played out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. Sheffield United dominated possession but were unable to break through a resolute Watford defence and fans will be hoping for more goals this time around.

Punter's Pick

Sheffield United start this game as favourites and we feel the the 5/6 being offered by Bet365 for a United win is excellent value. The Blades have been scintillating at times in front of their home fans and will fancy breaking through a Watford team without Abdoulaye Doucoure. However Watford are much improved and will be buoyed by the fact that Sheffield United’s defeats this season have all come at home. There is a case to back a Double Chance at 5/6 on Watford to not lose on Boxing Day.

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