Watford v Manchester United: Back Zlatan to add to tally in entertaining encounter

Will Ibrahimovic score again when Manchester United travel to Watford?
Will Ibrahimovic score again when Manchester United travel to Watford?
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Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways after a week to forget when they take on Watford in the early Sunday kick-off and Dan Fitch thinks they'll do just that...

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic's price is perhaps a little more generous than you’d expect for a player who has scored four goals in as many Premier League games this season."

Back Ibrahimovic to score at 2.226/5

Watford v Manchester United
Sunday 18 September, 12:00
Live On BT Sport 1

The Hornets won their first match of the season last week, as they came back from being 2-0 down to pull off a 4-2 victory against West Ham.

It ended a run of three straight defeats for Watford, which included being dumped out of the League Cup by Gillingham. This will ease the pressure on new manager Walter Mazzarri, who moved to the Hertfordshire club in the summer, after the controversial departure of Quique Sanchez Flores.

The former Napoli and Inter Milan coach has faced a baptism of fire in the Premier League, having been handed a tricky start to the season - which including this weekend's opponents - has seen Watford face four of last season's top seven, along with a much-improved Chelsea side.

As Mazzarri prepares for the last of this daunting run of fixtures, he at least has a near-full squad of players to choose from. Brice Dja Djedje is out, while Stefano Okaka is a slight doubt having been substituted against West Ham with a hamstring injury.

Manchester United
Jose Mourinho has suffered his first two defeats as Manchester United manager over the past week, first losing 2-1 in the derby game against Manchester City, before being beaten 1-0 by Feyenoord in the Europa League.

Mourinho made eight changes for the trip to Holland, but record signing Paul Pogba kept his place and again failed to deliver. Criticised for his positioning in the defeat to City, Pogba had less defensive responsibility against Feyenoord, yet still failed to make a telling contribution.

For all of United's spending this summer, they still have an unbalanced squad. Far too many of their players look best suited to a 'number 10' role, while right-back, central defence and central midfield remain areas of concern.

Mourinho nevertheless has enough talent at his disposal for his side to be winning games like this. Henrik Mkhitaryan is the only doubt, after being substituted last Saturday with a thigh injury and could join long-term casualty Phil Jones on the sidelines.

Ref Watch
Michael Oliver has been a busy boy this season, dishing out 15 yellow cards in three games.

His presence may be of concern to Watford, having awarded three penalties against them last season. The odds of his awarding a spot kick in the match are 4.75.

Match Odds
United are the heavy favourites at 1.664/6, with the draw at 4.216/5 and Watford out at 6.05/1.

With the away win at a small price, look towards the Half-time/Full-time market to find more value. United are 2.568/5 to win HT/FT, while the draw HT/United FT looks a decent punt at 4.94/1, considering that Mourinho's side have failed to lead any of their last three by half-time.

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

The market is finding it tough to split the two options, with overs the slight favourite at 1.9420/21. That looks like a good price to me considering that Watford's last three games have broken the 2.5 goals barrier.

Watford have scored in every game this season and Both Teams To Score is another bet worth considering at 2.01/1.

To Score

Unsurprisingly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is favourite in this market at 2.226/5, though the price is perhaps a little more generous than you'd expect for a player who has scored four goals in as many Premier League games this season.

Watford also have some good value options. Strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo both found the net against West Ham and are priced at 4.03/1 apiece.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue has scored three times this season and is 6.05/1 to add to his tally. He's opened the scoring twice and is 17.016/1 to be the first goalscorer, if you fancy a fun small stakes bet.

Recommended Bets
Back the Draw HT/Manchester United FT at 4.94/1
Back over 2.5 goals at 1.9420/21
Back Ibrahimovic to score at 2.226/5

Dan Fitch 2016/17 Season PL

Staked: 43 pts
Returned: 45.8 pts
P/L: +2.8 pts

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