Burnley v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 05, 2017
Turf Moor - Premier League
High flying Burnley play host to the other surprise package of the Premier League season, Watford, at Turf Moor this weekend.
There is very little to pick between these two sides in their recent meetings, with both clubs winning their home games against each other last season. The previous six games between them, all in the Championship, ended as draws on five occasions, with 3-2 home win for Watford in 2011-12.
Watford have a host of injuries ahead of their trip to the north west, with manager Marco Silva set to ring the changes and manage a long list of absentees. Midfielder Will Hughes misses out with a hamstring injury, and he joins Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenia, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul and Craig Cathcart on the sidelines for the Hornets.
Burnley have a number of players missing from first team action themselves, with midfield pair Robbie Brady and Steven Defour both ruled out with knee injuries. Defender Matt Lowton is also out with a knee problem, and Dean Marney, Jon Walters and Tom Heaton still long term absentees.
Burnley v Watford Preview and Predictions
Both sides have enjoyed excellent starts to the season, with hosts Burnley winning four of their last six Premier League games and Watford on a run of two wins in their last four games.
Both Silva and Burnley boss Sean Dyche were both recently linked with the Everton manager's job, before Sam Allardyce's appointment, but the feeling is that they both had unfinished business at their respective clubs.
Watford have been good away from home, losing just two of their last six games on the road, and Burnley have only lost twice at hone all season, so this is set to be a close one.
With that in mind a draw looks to be a strong potential option, currently priced at 11/5.
Burnley have not been prolific in front of goal, despite their positive form, scoring just five goals in their last five games and are unlikely to change their tactic too much for the visit of Watford, an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 8/13.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Both sides will want to keep themselves ticking over, and not head into a busy Christmas set of fixture son the back of a defeat against a rival. Burnley will look to keep it tight at home, and Watford have been effective away from Vicarage Road this season, with Silva instilling a sense of steel to the side.
Chris Wood to score first at 7/2
New Zealand striker Wood is the Clarets top scorer this season, with four Premier League goals, following his summer move from Leeds United. His physical presence and ability in the air will cause problems for a Watford back line not fully comfortable in dealing with that style of threat.