John Smith’s Stadium - Premier League
There’s nothing but pride left for Huddersfield to play for this season, whereas the exact opposite’s true for Watford coming into this game. The Hornets have an FA Cup final to look forward to, and can still finish seventh in the Premier League.
Watford ran out 3-0 winners against Huddersfield earlier in the campaign, but the Terriers did the double over the Hornets last season. A last-minute 1-0 victory on home soil followed up an impressive 4-1 win at Vicarage Road, where Troy Deeney was sent off in the first half.
Deeney is out of this game for the away team thanks to another early red card, as the Watford skipper received his marching orders for a perceived elbow after just 10 minutes against Arsenal on Monday. He joins Tom Cleverley, Jose Holebas and Domingos Quina on the sidelines, while Adalberto Penaranda is also a doubt.
Isaac Mbenza is expected to be fit for the hosts, although he’s been struggling with an illness. Adama Diakhaby and Abdelhamid Sabiri are definitely out with injuries, but Jan Siewert has no other issues apart from that trio.
Huddersfield Town v Watford Preview and Predictions
While Huddersfield are looking down into the Championship, Watford are looking to the skies with the prospect of a European campaign next season. The Hornets have two routes into the Europa League - the FA Cup final and finishing seventh in the league.
If Gracia’s side lose to Manchester City in the cup final, the Premier League’s seventh-placed side will gain entry to the Europa League. Watford are currently a point behind Leicester and Wolves in the race for that particular spot, although the Foxes have played a game more. This is a great opportunity for the Hornets to stake their claim to finish best of the rest after the top six.
Watford were very good against Arsenal on Monday, despite losing their captain so early on. They only went down 1-0 after Ben Foster’s error, and the game finished like that despite the Gunners boasting their man advantage for more than 80 minutes.
That performance showed the quality and character within this Watford team, who are the 5/6 favourites to win on Saturday. Huddersfield are 19/5, but it’s probably best to avoid them considering they’ve lost 20 of their last 22 fixtures in all competitions. Another loss here would be a seventh successive defeat for the Terriers, so even a draw looks unlikely at 29/10.
Watford to win and BTTS at 13/5
Huddersfield scored in their last home game against Leicester, and managed three away to West Ham last month, so this could be a good way to enhance the odds on a Watford win.
Gerard Deulofeu to score at 15/8
The Spanish forward is fit again after his match-winning cameo against Wolves in the FA Cup semi-finals, and will be a serious threat to the home team if he’s in the mood this weekend.