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

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Premier League Watford v Sheffield United

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Saturday, October 5, 2019


Vicarage Road

Punter's Pick

Watford look good value to pick up their first win of the season at 21/20 with Bet365, and despite their dismal start to the season should be backed at this price to get their campaign finally up and running. Watford are unlikely to get over the line without their leaky defence shipping a goal, so both teams to score at ¾ looks on the cards and is available with Betfair.

Bottom placed Watford take on twelfth placed Sheffield United in a game new manager Quique Sanchez Flores dare not lose as he struggles to get the Hornets up and running this season.

Winless Watford facing up to relegation battle?

On the face of it being winless and bottom of the table after just seven games of the season wouldn’t in most cases necessarily mean a side is already mired in a relegation battle. After all back to back wins would be almost enough to move the Hornets out of the relegation places. However, after losing seven of their last ten league games at the back end of the previous season, plus a FA Cup mauling at the hands of Manchester City, there were already ominous signs in place for Watford that all is not well. That suspicious has been confirmed this season, with five defeats from their opening seven league games, clearly relegation form over their last seventeen games in total.

The challenge for newly appointed/returning manager Flores is how to arrest this decline before they can dip into the January transfer window. With many of their key players well below the form shown in the first half of last season, he will need to find answers soon if the Hornets are not to be cut too far adrift in the relegation dogfight before they look to freshen things up in January.

Blades continue to win plaudits if not points

With a reasonable return of eight points from seven games since they returned to the Premier League, newly promoted Sheffield United for now are keeping their noses clear of any talk of a relegation battle. In fact they have impressed in several standout performances, with sometimes their endeavour not being backed up by deserved points.

Their last game against Liverpool was a good example of the template manager Chris Wilder has developed at Bramall Lane. An organised and determined back five frustrated the league leaders for long periods, defending resolutely against their more illustrious opponents. However a goalkeeping howler from Dean Henderson gifted Liverpool all three points and ultimately meant Wilder’s men ended up with plenty of plaudits, but no points to show for their efforts. 

Team News

Will Hughes is in contention for a return for Watford after missing the last two league matches through injury, but influential captain Troy Deeney is still recovering from knee surgery and remains out. There could be room for Roberto Pereyra to be recalled to the starting line-up, having replaced Gerard Deulofeu at half-time against Wolves last weekend.

Sheffield United have no fresh injury concerns, with forward Billy Sharp back in contention after completing a three-game ban for his straight red-card against Southampton last month. They will still be without fellow forward David McGoldrick, who remains sidelined by a groin injury.

Watford to finally break their duck?

This already has a must win game written all over it for Watford, and backed by a partisan crowd keen to lift their struggling team, they may well get the job done against a difficult but beatable opponent. The Blades physical approach will be somewhat nullified by Watford’s own physicality, and with the Hornets extra touch of quality through the likes of Deulofeu and Pereyra, they will fancy their chances to sneak all three points.

Punter's Pick

Watford look good value to pick up their first win of the season at 21/20 with Bet365, and despite their dismal start to the season should be backed at this price to get their campaign finally up and running. Watford are unlikely to get over the line without their leaky defence shipping a goal, so both teams to score at ¾ looks on the cards and is available with Betfair.

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