Watford v Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 01, 2019
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Fulham head into Tuesday’s game against Watford at Vicarage Road knowing that only a victory will save them from an immediate return to the Championship. While it’s been a hugely disappointing season for the Cottagers, the exact opposite is true for the Hornets.
The teams drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage earlier this season, which was the first time they’d met since Watford were promoted to the Premier League in 2014/15. That year, the Hornets hammered Fulham 5-0 away before completing the double over the Whites with a 1-0 victory at home.
Watford have got a clean bill of health at the moment, with Tom Cleverley the only injury doubt for this game. The midfielder could be in contention for the Hornets’ FA Cup semi-final next weekend though, as they take on Wolves at Wembley.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is a doubt for the visitors, as he’s been struggling for fitness in recent weeks. Jean Michael Seri and Tim Ream are back though following a late return after the international break, but Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli are out.
Watford v Fulham Preview and Predictions
While Watford are preparing for an absolute monster of a match in the FA Cup next weekend, Fulham are getting ready for life back in the second tier next term. The Cottagers splashed the cash with real intent in the summer, but three different managers have failed to get them firing and they’re on the way down.
Fulham start this game 16 points from safety, with only six matches remaining. Lose and it’s all over for them, but even a victory would be a mere stay of execution. The Whites have lost their last eight matches on the bounce, with Scott Parker’s arrival sparking no change in fortune.
Watford, on the other hand, have only lost five times in their last 21 fixtures in all competitions, and all of those defeats have come against members of the ‘big six’. Fulham should pose few problems for a team who will move up into seventh should they take the win, and Wolves fail to beat Manchester United.
There’s no question who the favourites are in this game, with Watford 8/11 to pick up the three points. Fulham are 9/2, which is a very poor price considering they haven’t won away from home all season. The Cottagers have drawn two of their 16 away games so far, and they’re 13/4 to get a point which would still see them all but relegated from the top flight.
Fulham have been losing at both half-time and full-time in their last eight Premier League matches, while Watford are looking for their fourth straight home win.
Troy Deeney to score first at 5/1
The Watford captain scored a hat-trick in his team’s 5-0 victory over Fulham in 2014, and has four goals in his last three games against the Cottagers.