Watford v Sheffield United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 02, 2019
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Watford are in dire need of a win to get them off the bottom of the Premier League, as they host this season's suprise package, Sheffield United. The Blades are currently in 12 place above the likes of Wolves, Everton and Norwich.
The two sides last met in the Championship back in 2015, when a 90th minute goal from Atdhe Nuhiu cancelled out Matej Vydra's opener.
Quique Sanchez Flores handed Danny Welbeck his first start against Wolves, with Troy Deeney remaining sidelined. The England international will be hoping for a second start, but will be facing competition from Andre Gray. The manager also withdrew Gerard Deulofeu at half-time last weekend, following a poor performance, and it remains to be seen whether he start this Saturday.
Billy Sharp may return to the Sheffield United line-up having served his three-match suspension and will hope to replace Ollie McBurnie up front. The former Swansea man has scored just once despite featuring in all seven Premier League games and also faces competition from Leon Clarke.
Watford v Sheffield United Preview and Predicitons
Watford are in the midst of their worst start to a season since their return to the Premier League and are showing little sign of turning it around. Over the summer, the visit of Sheffield United would have been viewed by may Hornets fans as an easy three points, but after seven games, the momentum is with the visitors.
The Blades may not have won in their last three games but have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, playing attractive fast-paced football whilst remaining tight at the back. Last week's narrow defeat to Liverpool demonstrated how Chris Wilder's side can protect their goal, although finishing at the other end of the pitch remains a worry. Not one Sheffield player has scored more than one goal so far this season, and whilst some of this is down to the manager integrating attacking player signed over the summer, a lack of clinical finishing remains cause for concern.
Watford are facing a similar problem, as without Deeney, and with Deulofeu seemingly off the pace, it is unclear where their goals are going to come from. Andre Gray and Danny Welbeck have never been consistent Premier League scorers, neither do they offer the physicality to occupy centre-backs to make space for an attacking partner.
Saturday's game could well be decided by small margins, and whoever scores the first goal may well be able to dig in and defend for a narrow win.
Under 2.5 goals at 10/11
With neither side firing on full cylinders, this is unlikely to be an action-packed game.
Sheffield United to win at 12/5
Watford may be favourites at home but have yet to win this season.