Watford v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

January 15, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Vicarage Road - Premier League

A resurgent Burnley head to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, to face a Watford side who also seem to be back in form. It’s likely to be a tight game between two well-matched sides.

Past Meetings

Burnley have won three of the last five meetings between the sides, since Watford were promoted back to the top flight for the start of the 2016/17 campaign. The Hornets beat the Clarets 3-1 at Turf Moor earlier this season though.

Team News

Andre Gray could be in line for a return to action, although he’s likely to have to settle for a place on the bench this weekend. Will Hughes is a doubt after suffering a concussion, while Sebastian Prodl is out with a knee injury. Christian Kabasele should be okay following a shoulder problem.

Phil Bardsley and Johann Berg Gudmundsson both face late fitness tests ahead of this game. There’s no chance of Aaron Lennon playing though, as the winger continues his recovery from knee surgery. Robbie Brady also misses out for the visitors due to suspension.

Watford v Burnley Preview and Predictions

Burnley look as though they’ve turned a corner in recent weeks, and they’re certainly much improved from their defeat at home to Watford earlier this season. The Clarets are looking for their fifth successive victory in all competitions here, while the Hornets are looking for their third.

Watford secured an impressive 2-1 win at Crystal Palace at the weekend, where they put in a performance that befitted their lofty seventh position. It’s an impressive feat for Javi Gracia, with the Hornets still very much in contention for a European place after 22 games of the season.

The Europa League turned out to be very much a poisoned chalice for Burnley this season, after their sluggish start following a tough early season schedule where they didn’t even make it into the main draw. They seem to have put that behind them now, and came from behind to record a vital 2-1 win against Fulham at the weekend.

That victory takes the Clarets three points clear of the drop zone, and it makes things tighter in the betting for this game. Burnley are still out at 5/1 for the win though, while Watford are the clear favourites at 4/6. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s available at 3/1.

Recommended Bets

Watford to win and BTTS at 13/5

The hosts are the favourites but Burnley have scored in each of their last six games and look capable of hitting the back of the net after a dry start to the season.

Troy Deeney to score first at 11/2

The Watford captain went close against Palace and has managed four goals in his last six appearances - he needs to prove his worth to his manager with Gray set to return in the next week or two.

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