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

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Premier League Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Saturday, September 28, 2019


Molineux Stadium

Punter's Pick

This game is a real six-pointer for both teams and a victory is a must in order to kickstart their respective campaigns. We feel that Wolves have played very well in most of their games and have been unlucky not to have broken their duck this season. Watford have been poor and the scars of an 8-0 thrashing from Manchester City may still be there on Saturday. We feel that Wolves are well priced at 17/20 with Bet365 for victory and having rested their star players who have been playing Europa League football, that this could be a turning point for them. In a potentially cagey game we are also backing under 11 corners at 4/5.

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Watford to Molineux in a game between the two surprise packages last season. Wolves secured a ‘best of the rest’ place of seventh in the league whilst Watford went all the way to the FA Cup Final. However both teams start this game at the bottom end of the table, with Wolves in 19th place and Watford starting at rock bottom in a twist of fortune from the heights of last season.

Wolves are yet to win a Premier League game this season and have started with four draws and two losses. The team has played well and manager Nuno Espirito Santo will know that his team are just a win away from turning around their fortunes and going on a run. However he will also be conscious of time afforded to Premier League managers having seen his counterpart at Watford be sacked earlier in the season. However positive displays have yielded credible draws against the likes of Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Manchester United. Many of the core group of players that secured a seventh place finish last season have remained and the team will be looking to push on and support the likes of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez to get the win they desperately need.

Watford lost all three of their opening Premier League games and the club’s hierarchy moved quickly to fire Javi Gracia and bring back Enrique Sanchez Flores as manager. Fans may have been forgiven for thinking that the team had turned a corner when they got their first point in a 1-1 draw away at Newcastle and turned a 2-0 deficit at home to Arsenal into a 2-2 draw. However champions Manchester City brutally crushed any optimism by smashing eight past the Hornets, with four goals in the opening 15 minutes. Flores will be keen to address the defensive frailty that destroyed his team in Manchester and ensure there isn’t a hangover in what could be one of the biggest games of their season.

In team news, Wolves are likely to recall much of their first team regulars having made 10 changes to their team to start their game in the Carabao Cup. Bruno Jordao and Meritan Shabani are both out injured with the latter reported as potentially being out for six months. They will however welcome back Romain Saiss who was sent off in the game against Crystal Palace. 

Watford will make a call on Craig Cathcart who is back in training having missed several weeks. Danny Welbeck will be in contention for a starting berth having played and scored against Swansea but remain without Troy Deeney.

In recent meetings these two have been fairly evenly matched, producing some entertaining games in the process. Both managed away victories in the league fixtures last season, with Watford winning 2-0 at Molineux courtesy of goals from Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra. Wolves managed to make it even by winning 2-1 with goals from strikers Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez. Watford did however manag to break the tie overall by securing a thrilling 3-2 victory in the FA Cup when Gerard Deulofeu scored an extra time winner, allowing the Hornets to march on to the Final.

Punter's Pick

This game is a real six-pointer for both teams and a victory is a must in order to kickstart their respective campaigns. We feel that Wolves have played very well in most of their games and have been unlucky not to have broken their duck this season. Watford have been poor and the scars of an 8-0 thrashing from Manchester City may still be there on Saturday. We feel that Wolves are well priced at 17/20 with Bet365 for victory and having rested their star players who have been playing Europa League football, that this could be a turning point for them. In a potentially cagey game we are also backing under 11 corners at 4/5.

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