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

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Watford v Burnley

Premier League Sat, 19/01, 15:00 Stadium: Vicarage Road

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A 2-1 success for Watford is an attractive 8-1 with Bet365, given the propensity of both teams not to be able to keep clean sheets. Alternatively Watford are also 5/2 to win with both teams to score with the same firm. Gerard Deulofeu can be backed at 11/2 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring on Saturday.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

High flying Watford taken on a resurgent Burnley, with both teams looking to keep up their recent form in which will sure to be an entertaining clash from two highly confident teams.

Watford target top seven finish

Watford come into this clash on the back of a three game unbeaten sequence (one win and two draws), and encouragingly have only one defeat in their last seven league games (against Chelsea). This strong run of form has moved them into seventh place in the PL, and whilst a top six position may be too lofty an ambition, finishing top of pile outside the big six would represent a fantastic achievement. The gap to the top six is further illustrated by the fact that four of their five home league defeats have been against teams currently sitting in the top six, showing their is still some way to go before they can be serious contenders to break into the elite group.

Burnley clawing their way out of the relegation dogfight

Burnley have been no slouches themselves in recent weeks, stringing together a three match winning sequence that has hauled them three points clear of the relegation places. Their away form still remains a concern, a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town on their last trip away from Turf Moor was only their second away victory of the season, and they will be keen to avoid an eighth away defeat of the current campaign. Uncharacteristically their defence has also been leaky this season, conceding an eye watering 43 goals so far, with only Fulham (49) having a worse defensive record in the division.

Team news – no major changes expected

Fresh from a 2-1 victory away at Crystal Palace, Watford are not expecting to make any changes, with the engine room of Abdoulaye Doucouré and  Étienne Capoue again expected to be key to their chances. Will Hughes was substituted in that fixture with suspected concussion, but should be fit enough to take his place in the starting XI.

Burnley are also expected to go with the same XI that saw off relegation rivals 2-1 in their last fixture, with Jeff Hendrick likely to keep his place even if Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is fit enough to return to the squad. Concerns will continue to focus on where the goals will come from, with two own goals needed to see off The Cottagers. Top scores Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood only have four goals apiece in all competitions, so a striker maybe on Sean Dyche’s wishlist in the transfer window.

Watford to hold the edge?

Watford’s recent home record (outside of the teams of the top six) and Burnley’s relatively weak away form all point a productive afternoon ahead for the Hornets. The hosts have scored in each of their last eight PL games, so will fancy their chances of breaching Burnley’s shaky defence. For Burnley, hope will come in the shape that their opponents have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games, so sitting deep and looking to find a goal on the break or from a set piece would seem to be the order of the day.

A 2-1 success for Watford is an attractive 8-1 with Bet365, given the propensity of both teams not to be able to keep clean sheets. Alternatively Watford are also 5/2 to win with both teams to score with the same firm. Gerard Deulofeu can be backed at 11/2 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring on Saturday.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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