Watford v West Brom Predictions and Betting Tips

April 03, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Tuesday 4 April – Vicarage Road – Premier League

After hosting the Premier League’s bottom club Sunderland at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Watford welcome high-flying West Brom for this midweek encounter. It’s a tough one to call, with the home side narrow favourites in the betting to pick up the win.

Past Meetings

This will be the 30th meeting between these two sides, with West Brom holding the advantage having recorded 15 wins. The Baggies won the corresponding fixture 3-1 in December, while last season’s game at Vicarage Road ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Team News

Watford have some of the worst injury problems in the Premier League, having lost over 1,400 days to injuries so far this season. Forwards Mauro Zarate and Roberto Pereyra continue to miss out, with captain Troy Deeney set to lead the line. Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat should be available after his recent adductor problem.

In comparison, West Brom have the league’s best injury record. With a total of just over 400 days lost, this is 1,000 fewer than their opponents on Tuesday. Matt Phillips remains the only concern after missing a month with a hamstring complaint, giving Tony Pulis plenty of options after a tough game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Watford v West Brom Preview and Predictions

After a great start to the season, Watford have slipped back down the Premier League table and have struggled in recent weeks. Despite just two wins in 13 prior to their game against Sunderland on Saturday, there’s little chance of relegation though. West Brom meanwhile have kept up their form and now lie eighth, equal to their best ever Premier League finish.

Watford welcome the Baggies having mainly struggled at home against teams in the top half of the table, losing five of their seven games against the top ten. The Hornets have however beaten the likes of Manchester United, Everton and defending champions Leicester City at Vicarage Road. At 6/4, Walter Mazzarri’s side are slight favourites to add West Brom’s name to this list.

For the Baggies, seventh place and qualification for the Europa League may be out of reach, but finishing in the position they are now would be a huge improvement on recent seasons when they’ve ended up in 17th, 13th and 14th. You can get odds of 2/1 on Pulis’ side marching on with another three points, while the draw’s a similar price at 23/10.

Recommended Bets

West Brom to win to nil at 7/2

Back the Baggies to keep up their good run by keeping a clean sheet on their way to victory. Keep Troy Deeney quiet and this could prove to be a shrewd bet.

A 0-0 draw at 8/1

Neither side is what you would call prolific in front of goal, making this a good price for a repeat of the scoreline in this fixture last season.

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