Liverpool v Watford Predicitons, Betting Tips and Previews
February 25, 2019
Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool look to maintain their narrow lead over Manchester City, as they welcome an in-form Watford side to Anfield on Wednesday. The Hornets are undefeated in their last four games, having picked up more points in that period than the league leaders.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a classy free kick last time these sides met, opening the scoring for an eventual 3-0 Liverpool victory - with goals from Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Roberto Firmino is unlikely to play, having come-off injured at the weekend. Naby Keita and Alexander-Arnold should both be fit to play however, with Xherdan Shaqiri stepping onto the left, to allow Mohammed Salah to play centrally.
Javier Gracia has few injury concerns, with Jose Holebas the only absentee. As a result, the manager is likely to stick with the starting XI that was so successful against Cardiff on Saturday.
Liverpool v Watford Predictions and Previews
With their game-in-hand finally played, Liverpool will welcome resuming their place on top of the Premier League table. However, Jurgen Klopp's side are looking far from their best, and could not be facing Watford at a worse time.
Gracia's side have picked up their record-beating early season form, and showed their confidence with an emphatic 5-1 win over Cardiff at the weekend. Even better than the result for the Hornets, was the performance of their two key players, Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu.
A brace for the Watford captain ended somewhat of a goal-drought for the striker who is 17/4 to score this weekend, and a mercurial hattrick for the former-Barcelona man will fill both players with confidence. As the away side's game plan is likely to revolve around socking up pressure with two banks of four, Gracia's two attacking players will need to be at their absolute best to cause problems on Wednesday.
Even with momentum in their favour, Watford have a momentous task to take points from Liverpool, especially with Virgil Van Dijk back to full fitness. The centre-back's absence may not have been felt as much as feared, but his return will inspire confidence in his team-mates.
What Klopp will be keen to raise the tempo of his side's play on Wednesday, with deep-lying opposition causing a problem for the Reds in recent weeks. Without Firmino, the home side may be tempted to field Divok Origi to provide physical presence up front, and refresh an attack that has stagnated slightly of late.
Watford's aggressive, counter-attacking style may be very similar to that which Klopp advocates, but could well be Liverpool's downfall this week.
Mohammed Salah to score at 3/4
The Premier League top scorer may have gone off the boil a little bit, but is still Liverpool's biggest threat.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 13/8
Gracia would be happy with a draw, and his team will set up to stifle the home-side's attacks, even to the detriment of their own attacking capabilities.