Manchester United v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 26, 2019
Old Trafford - Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United host Watford this weekend, as they look to make ground on Arsenal in the race for the Champions League.
United won 2-1 away at Watford earlier this season, with Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling scoring for the Red Devils back in September 2018.
United have won their last four Premier League games against the Hornets.
Solskjaer's side are beginning to recover from their first team injury crisis, with Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly all in line to return to action. Alexis Sanchez remains sidelined with a knee injury, and defender Matteo Darmian is another week away from a comeback.
Watford boss Javi Gracia has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, with defender Jose Holebas the only long term absentee for the Hornets.
Manchester United v Watford Predictions and Preview
United need to close the two point gap between themselves, in fifth, and arch rivals Arsenal, in fourth, if they are to guarantee Champions League football at Old Trafford next season. Defeat at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month is Solskjaer's first Premier League loss since taking over as caretaker boss at the club back in December 2018.
Watford are in the hunt for a Europa League spot for the end of the season, with a point separating them from seventh place Wolves, as it stands. Gracia's side have been relatively consistent this season, however their away form has not always been excellent, and they have lost their last two games on the road.
United are in real need of all three points as they look to close in on a Champions League spot, and they should be able to navigate their way to a home win - priced at 2/5. The Red Devils have performed consistently at Old Trafford since the Norwegian's return to the club, with five goals in their last three home games.
With that in mind, a United win with over 1.5 total goals scored coming in at a tempting price of 7/10.
Manchester United to win 2-0 at 7/1
With plenty at stake in this clash, and Solskjaer knows that a win is the only result will keep the in pursuit of Unai Emery's side in the closing weeks of the Premier League season.
Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 1/2
Belgian international Lukaku should be fit in time to start this game, and United's leading scorer this season is in good form in recent weeks. The former Everton striker has netted 12 Premier League goals this season, and he has six goals in his last four appearances for United.