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

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Premier League Watford v Manchester United

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Sunday, December 22, 2019


Vicarage Road

Punter's Pick

The bookmakers have United as favourites to win this one and we agree. The price of 3/4 with Bet365 for a United victory we feel offers value as does backing over 9 corners at 8/11 with the same bookmaker. The corner market has materialised the last six times these two teams have met at Vicarage Road and with United possessing an attacking threat on the wings, this is likely to come in again on Sunday. 

Watford welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road in a game which is already starting to feel like a must-win for the Premier League’s bottom club. Both teams need the three points for their respective ambitions at opposite ends of the table, with Manchester United looking to stay in the hunt for a Champions League place.

Watford come into this game without a win in their last five league games, having lost four and getting a solitary point when they held Crystal Palace to a draw in that time. The club has been in turmoil this season having sacked two managers and have now turned to someone who has a track record in keeping teams up in Nigel Pearson. The new manager will have been encouraged by what he saw in his first game in charge against Liverpool in which his side carved out many chances and could potentially have won the game. The lack of quality and in some cases confidence was a deciding factor with youngster Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu squandering excellent chances. But the team will play a lower quality of opposition in the coming weeks and with the team carving out chances and also having Troy Deeney return, could put together a run that takes them out of the relegation zone.

After a difficult start, Manchester United have certainly turned the corner and found form at the right time. Thoughts of qualifying for any European tournament would have been far from the minds of fans and players alike when they managed just three wins in 12 games in all competitions at the start of the season. But they come into this game unbeaten in their last six league outings in a run which includes back to back wins against Tottenham and champions Manchester City. The team is certainly gelling better than they did at the start of the season and the return of key players from injury has helped Solskjaer propel the team up the table and in contention for Europe again. The Red Devils did lose some of their momentum recently, being held to a 1-1 home draw against Everton but will be confident of getting back to winning ways against the Premier League’s bottom club on Sunday afternoon.

In team news, Watford have an ever increasing injury list to contend with as many of the first team are unlikely to feature. Daryl Janmaat, Adam Masina and Jose Holebas are all doubts in defence and up front Nigel Pearson is likely to be without Tom Cleverley, Roberto Pereyra and Danny Welbeck. The manager will be encouraged by their performance against Liverpool and may have opted against shuffling the pack too much even if some players were available.

Manchester United will likely be without Paul Pogba who was reported to be taken ill after his brother’s wedding. Eric Bailly is still out with Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo also unlikely to feature. United are likely to continue with Marcus Rashford up front with the England man netting 17 goals in all competitions thus far.

Historically, Manchester United have dominated this fixture with Watford winning just once in the last 33 years. They managed that victory back in 2016 when goals from Capoue, Zuniga and Troy Deeney helped the Hornets to a 3-1 win. Last season United won both games 2-1 showing how closely matched the teams were.

Punter's Pick

The bookmakers have United as favourites to win this one and we agree. The price of 3/4 with Bet365 for a United victory we feel offers value as does backing over 9 corners at 8/11 with the same bookmaker. The corner market has materialised the last six times these two teams have met at Vicarage Road and with United possessing an attacking threat on the wings, this is likely to come in again on Sunday. 

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