Watford v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 09, 2018
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Watford host Southampton this weekend, with The Hornets desperate to get themselves back on track with a Premier League win.
Watford won 2-0 on the south coast earlier this season, courtesy of goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Darryl Janmaat. However Southampton do have a very good record against Watford, unbeaten in the six meetings prior to that loss - including a 4-3 win at Vicarage Road last season.
Watford boss Marco Silva is still without a number of first team players ahead of the visit of Southampton, with Younes Kaboul, Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia and Miguel Britos all back in light training but not yet ready to return.
Isaac Success,Tom Hoban, Craig Cathcart and Nathaniel Chalobah are all still weeks away from a comeback.
Wesley Hoedt and Cedric Soares will both be assessed ahead of kick off, due to concussion and an ankle injury respectively, with a late decision expected.
Jeremy Pied and Charlie Austin have both already been ruled out through injury.
Watford v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Watford's form has slipped into a worrying trend following an excellent start to the season, with just one Premier League win in their last nine games ahead of the visit of Southampton.
The Saints have also suffered with inconsistency in recent weeks, winning just once in their last ten Premier League games.
All the ingredients are there for a tense encounter between two sides that dare not lose this game, and so a draw - priced at 19/1- looks to be the best option.
Southampton have scored four goals in their last four Premier League games, and Watford have an identical record ahead of this game.
With that in mind a low scorer looks to be on the cards, with an under 2.5 goals bet priced at 17/20.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Neither side can really afford to lose here, with both managers under real pressure due to recent results, and a draw would be relatively satisfactory for both sides. Confidence and consistency are both low at the minute and a point would not be an awful result for either side.
Andre Carillo to score first at 10/1
Carilo is the man in form for Watford in recent weeks, with two goals in his last three appearances for The Hornets. He has the pace and direct style to trouble a defence that is now coping with the loss of Virgil van Dijk.