Opta Stats: Watford v Southampton

Will the Saints go marching in when Southampton face Watford?
Will the Saints go marching in when Southampton face Watford?

Only a point separates Watford and Southampton. Opta tries to prise them apart.

"Manolo Gabbiadini has scored five times in three appearances for Southampton since joining the club, including twice in the League Cup Final. He could become the first Saints player to score in his first three Premier League appearances for the club."

He's 3.259/4 to score.

Watford have won one of their five Premier League clashes with the Saints (W1 D2 L2) - a 3-2 victory back in December 1999. The draw is 3.412/5.

Southampton are unbeaten in six league games against the Hornets (W3 D3 L0), including three matches played in the Championship between 2009 and 2012. They are 2.265/4 to win.

Watford have only scored four goals in five previous Premier League meetings with Southampton and three of those were in the aforementioned win in December 1999; they have failed to score in three of their last four. Under 2.5 goals is 1.748/11.

In the three Premier League games between these two sides since the start of last season, Watford have attempted just two shots on target in 270 minutes. Southampton are 2.68/5 to keep a clean sheet.

Watford had substitute Ben Watson sent off in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the 2016-17 season - the only time a sub has been sent off in the Premier League all season. The odds of there being a sending off in the match are 5.14/1.

Southampton have already lost 11 games in the Premier League this season; the same number as in the whole of 2015-16. Watford are 2.757/4 to win.

Manolo Gabbiadini has scored five times in three appearances for Southampton since joining the club, including twice in the League Cup Final. He could become the first Saints player to score in his first three Premier League appearances for the club. He's 3.259/4 to score.

Gabbiadini also scored in his final three competitive appearances for Napoli, so he's now scored in six successive club appearances overall (eight goals). You can back him at 6.511/2 to open the scoring.

Troy Deeney (104 goals) - who has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances - is just one goal away from becoming the joint-third highest goalscorer in Watford history alongside Cliff Holton (105 goals). Deeney is 3.7511/4 to score.

Southampton have lost five Premier League games that they have been leading in 2016-17, more than any other team. The Southampton half-time/Watford full-time double result is 42.041/1.

Dan Fitch 2016/17 Season P/L

Staked: 370 pts
Returned: 361.32 pts
P/L: -8.68 pts

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