Watford v Huddersfield Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 23, 2018
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Watford host Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday, having finally ended their poor run of five games without a win. The away side have yet to win a game this season, but looked better against Liverpool last week, having drawn away at Burnley beforehand.
Huddersfield have won the last three ties against Watford, with Tom Ince scoring the winner in the 92nd minute in the latest fixture, at Kirklees stadium.
Garard Deulofeu's return to fitness has been carefully managed but could not have come at a better time for the Hornets, with the Spaniard replacing the injured Troy Deeney. Javi Gracia has two long-term absentees in Tom Cleverly and Daryl Janmaat, meaning that Kiko Femenia is likely to get another start at full-back.
David Wagner may field a similar side to that which impressed against Liverpool, despite his side failing to score. Alex Pritchard may be pushed further forward this weekend, allowing Adam Mooy to step into the attacking midfielder role that he excelled in last season.
Watford v Huddersfield Preivew and Predictions
After their best ever start to a Premier League season, Watford suffered for their lack of rotation off the bench, and succumbed to a poor run of form over the last month. However, the international break allowed Gracia's side some respite, and it showed, with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra combining to earn a two goal lead in under half an hour.
Perhaps more importantly, the Hornets were able to secure their lead, keeping the normally threatening Wolves at bay. After a run of high scoring draws, this will have been a release for the manager, and provide the players some progress to work with. Against Huddersfield, Watford are likely to attempt to replicate their performance, with a fast aggressive start the best method against a side which grew into the game against Liverpool.
The Terriers will have been dissapointed to have conceeded a first half goal on Saturday, but were far from discouraged, taking more shots than their normally high-scoring opponents. David Wagner's side are sitting second from bottom in the Premier League and many bookies favourites for relegation, however, if they are able to replicate their performance, may well have a chance at salvation.
Laurent Depoitre, despite failing to score, excelled as a target man, and may have scored were it not for a fine save from Alisson. The striker is likely to have a far more enjoyable afternoon against Watford, with more support, more service and a weaker defense to play against, despite the impressive form of the resurgent Kabasele.
Despite the two sides' disparity in league standing, the Terriers are not the type of side to go down without a fight, and will know that Watford are far from unbeatable. For the Hornets, Saturday provides an oportunity to cement their return from a bad spell, and to continue their assault on the top five.
Gerard Deulofeu to score anytime at 2/1
The Spanish winger was arguably the Hornets' best player last season, and his return will open up space for the likes of Will Hughes and Pereyra to operate in.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 4/6
A draw would be a decent result for the Terriers who make look to shut up shop at Vicarage Road.