Watford v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 22, 2019
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Watford continue to push their case for a Europa League spot as they host relegation battling Southampton in this round of midweek Premier League games.
A late goal from Jose Holebas secured a 1-1 in the meeting between the two sides at the St.Mary's Stadium earlier this season. The Hornets have struggled in recent games against the Saints, they have not won any of their last five home games against them.
Watford boss Javi Gracia has no fresh injury concerns over the visit of Southampton, with six players still out of action for the hosts until at least the weekend. Holebas, Tom Cleverley, Adalberto Penaranda, Roberto Pereyra, Domingos Quina are all sidelined, with Troy Deeney serving the second game of a three match ban.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl also has new news on the injury front, however he will give late fitness tests to defensive pair Yan Valery and Yannick Vestergaard, while Alex McCarthy and Michael Obafemi are already out.
Watford v Southampton Predictions and Preview
On the face of it, there is very little left for these two sides to play for, however Watford's push for Europe could be the key factor in this clash. The Hornets returned to winning ways last weekend at Huddersfield, and a win in this game would give them a three point cushion ahead of Everton in the race for seventh place.
Southampton are not yet safe from relegation, although they will be hopeful of staying up due to a five point gap between themselves and 18th place Cardiff. With their last three games against Bournemouth, West Ham and rock bottom Huddersfield, they should be able to pick up enough point to survive.
Despite doubts over the early season start that comes with a qualifying round entry to the Europa League, Watford will push for a place in Europe - and a home win comes in at 5/4. The Horents have scored more than one goal in three in their last four games in league and cup action, and they should continue that run against Hasenhuttl's side.
And with that in mind, and Watford win with over 1.5 goals scored is available at 17/10.
Watford to win 2-0 at 11/1
Gracia's side look to be favourites to win the best of the race, and a win in this game would give them a clear advantage over Leicester City, Everton and Wolves in the coming weeks.
Gerard Deulofeu to score anytime at 12/5
Deulofeu has been in excellent form for Watford in recent weeks, with three goals in his last four league appearances, including a brace at Huddersfield last weekend.