Vicarage Road - Premier League
Manchester United face a tough trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday evening, with Watford looking to maintain their impressive 100% record at the start of the new season. Will the international break have any impact on the very different fortunes of these two teams?
United have won their last three games against Watford, including a 4-2 victory at Vicarage Road last year. The Hornets did manage a 3-1 win against the Red Devils the season before, but United have won the other 13 of the last 14 meetings between the sides.
Younes Kaboul is a long-term injury absentee, and it’s the same for Tom Cleverley who misses the chance to face his former club. Gerard Deulofeu is in line for a return though, which would be a boost for Javi Gracia’s attacking options.
Marcus Rashford is suspended for United after his impetuous red card against Burnley, while Luke Shaw is out following his head injury on England duty. Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo could all miss out, with Diogo Dalot in line for his debut.
Watford v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Manchester United’s victory at Burnley relieved some of the pressure on under-fire manager Jose Mourinho, but another defeat this weekend would see the vultures circling once again. The United boss could do without a visit to a team who have won all four of their fixtures so far this term.
Watford’s 100% record sees them share an early lead in the Premier League table with Liverpool and Chelsea. Few expect them to stay up there, but beating United would be a real statement from Javi Gracia’s side.
The Hornets recorded an impressive 2-1 victory over Tottenham in their last match before the break, showing their ability to beat the big sides. After Spurs outclassed United 3-0 at Old Trafford, Mourinho will be worried about the threat Watford pose.
The home team are still the underdogs in the betting though, priced at 7/2 to inflict a third defeat of the season on their visitors. United are available at 10/11, as they aim to build some momentum after a difficult start. Despite Watford’s form, a draw wouldn’t be a great result for the Red Devils considering their predicament and recent record against the Hornets, but it’s priced at 13/5.
Watford to win and both teams to score at 7/1
The hosts are in great form and this bet would’ve paid out in their most recent game against United’s top four rivals Spurs.
United to win to nil at 13/2
Or back the visitors to bring the Hornets back down to earth with a bump, as they win to nil just like they did at Burnley in their last match.