Watford vs Southampton Preview - Sat 13 Jan 2018 - Betting.net
In a sentence: Two out-of-form teams will clash in the Premier League this weekend when Watford welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road.
Last time: Watford recorded a 2-0 win over Southampton when they made the trip to St Mary’s earlier this season. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat were both on the scoresheet for the Hornets.
This time: Watford are 6/4 to win with Southampton available at 51/25 and the draw at 5/2.
You might remember: These two teams played out a seven-goal thriller in the reverse match during the 2016-17 campaign. Four goals were scored in the final 11 minutes of the match as Southampton recorded a 4-3 win in the capital.
Watford’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 0 Lost: 4
Troy Deeney could keep his spot in the team after scoring in Watford’s 3-0 win over Bristol City in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Ben Watson is expected to return after not featuring at the weekend, while Richarlison should also be named in Marco Silva’s starting XI.
Southampton’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 2 Lost: 3
Nathan Redmond should return to the XI after starting on the bench against Fulham in the FA Cup on Saturday, but leading scorer Charlie Austin is still out injured.
Mario Lemina is also pushing for a spot in the team, and he could start alongside Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse in midfield.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Watford and Southampton had positive results in the FA Cup at the weekend, but both will enter the match off the back of difficult runs in the Premier League. Indeed, Watford have lost six of their last seven in the top flight, while Southampton are without a win since the end of November. Five points separate 17th-placed Southampton from 10th-placed Watford in the Premier League table.
Watford are 6/4 to win it as they look to emerge from their recent slump. The Hornets did beat Leicester City 2-1 at home on Boxing Day, but have lost their last two in the league to Swansea City and Manchester City. A solid start to the campaign means that they are in 10th position in the table, but just five points separates from the bottom three, and their form will be concerning head coach Silva at this stage.
Southampton are 51/25 to triumph as they look for their first Premier League victory since beating Everton 4-1 at the end of November. They picked up a 0-0 draw at Manchester United in their final match of 2017, but then lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in the league last time out. The pressure is building on head coach Mauricio Pellegrino after dropping into 17th position, and they could end this weekend in the bottom three if results go against them.
The draw is 5/2, and when considering that both of these teams are desperate to avoid another defeat, it is good value. The pair played out a 1-1 draw when they clashed at St Mary’s during the early stages of last season, but Southampton won 4-3 at Vicarage Road in March 2017. It might well be a tight affair this weekend.
Troy Deeney is 11/2 in the first goalscorer market this weekend. The forward is just back from a domestic suspension, and scored in the FA Cup last time out. The Watford captain is also available at 9/4 to net during the 90 minutes.
Shane Long is 13/2 in the first goalscorer market. The Republic of Ireland international ended his long wait for a Premier League goal against Crystal Palace last weekend, and should again lead the line in the absence of Charlie Austin. It is 45/17, meanwhile, that he scores during the 90 minutes of action.
Predicted Score: Watford 1 - 2 Southampton
Look out for:
The match result and both teams to score market has plenty of value. Watford to win under these circumstances is available at 19/5, while Southampton can be backed at 5/1. The draw with both teams on the scoresheet is 18/5.
Correct score of 2-1 Southampton is available at 11/1. The Saints were impressive against Man United in the latter stages of 2017, and they will welcome escaping the pressure of St Mary’s. Meanwhile, Watford’s home form has been pretty rotten this season.
It’s a long shot, but:
Seven goals were scored in the corresponding Premier League match last season, and it is 40/1 that over 6.5 goals are scored this time around.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.