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

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Premier League Watford v Burnley

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Monday, November 11, 2019


Vicarage Road

Punter's Pick

Andre Gray can haunt his former club and score anytime at 15/8, available with Bet365. In terms of outright markets, Betfair have the home side to claim all three points at 13/10, and could be worth a punt at this price given Burnley’s woeful away form.

An improving Watford side take on mid-table Burnley at Vicarage Road on Saturday, as they continue their quest to climb out of the relegation places.

Slow by steady progress for Watford

Under returning manager Quique Sanchez Flores, the Hornets have been steadily improving and finally picked up their first win of the season just before the break for international games. The away success at fellow strugglers Norwich City may not have been a vintage performance, but will give Flores’ side renewed hope as they now go looking for their first home win of the campaign.

Watford’s last five games show one win, three draws and one defeat – a 2-1 loss in a pulsating clash with Chelsea, where Ben Foster no less was denied a dramatic last minute equalizer after coming up in the 93rd minute to get his head on a corner. If they can keep up similar form they will surely be climbing out of the relegation places sooner rather than later, putting even more pressure on the clutch of teams sitting just above them a present.

Dyche’s Burnley content with current position?

In contrast to Watford, Burnley are enjoying a steady if slightly unspectacular season, currently sitting in the comfort of mid-table and tenth position. Given the limited resources manager Sean Dyche has to contend with each season in the transfer market, the Clarets may feel tenth position represents an excellent start to the campaign and it may represent the uppermost limit of their ambition.

The Clarets snapped a run of three straight defeats with a win of their own before the international break, a resounding 3-0 win over fast sinking West Ham United. The win epitomized Burnley at the best, with their aggressive and physical approach allied to tactical nous and general Premier League ‘street smarts’ too much for their struggling opponent to deal with.

Team News

Roberto Pereyra was forced to withdraw from the Argentina squad over the international break and is expected to be absent for the hosts. Influential captain Troy Deeney returned to the bench against Norwich and could feature, but Christian Kabasele is definitely ruled out through suspension.

For Burnley key forward Chris Wood was forced to miss training in the week for New Zealand with a sore hamstring but is expected to take his place. On-loan midfielder Danny Drinkwater played for the U-23 side in the week and will be looking to break into the the matchday squad as he looks to put behind him a troubled start to his so far unproductive Burnley career.

Golden opportunity for the hosts?

Whilst impressive at home, Burnley have been anything but convincing on their travels so far this season, with three draws and three defeats to show for their efforts. With eleven goals shipped in those six games, even goal shy Watford will sense a golden chance to open their win account at home this season and build upon their away victory last time out. Back to back wins may not be quite enough to haul them out of the relegation places this weekend, but will set them up nicely for a crunch clash with fellow strugglers Southampton next week.

Punter's Pick

Andre Gray can haunt his former club and score anytime at 15/8, available with Bet365. In terms of outright markets, Betfair have the home side to claim all three points at 13/10, and could be worth a punt at this price given Burnley’s woeful away form.

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