Watford v Southampton: Hornets can win crucial clash

Can Marco Silva point Watford towards victory against Southampton?
Can Marco Silva point Watford towards victory against Southampton?
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Two struggling teams meet when Watford host Southampton and Dan Fitch thinks that the home side can claim victory.

"Including their FA Cup victory over Bristol City last weekend, Watford have won two of their last three home games and even in the one they lost against Swansea, they were winning until the 86th minute."

Back Watford Draw No Bet against Southampton at [1.78]

Watford [2.5] v Southampton [3.15]; The Draw [3.45]
Saturday, 15:00 GMT

Silva facing pressure at Watford

Watford may have made a bright start to the season, but they are now undoing that good work having hit a rough patch of form.

The Hornets have only won one of their last nine games. It is testament to how strongly they started the season that they remain in the top half of the Premier League, yet the tenth placed club are only five points clear of the relegation zone.

Marco Silva's predecessors Walter Mazzarri and Quique Sanchez Flores also began strongly at Vicarage Road, before fading in the second half of the season and being dismissed. Until recently it looked like Silva's career was only going in one direction, but unless he turns around results fast, there are no guarantees at a club that have shown little patience to their managers.

Silva's job is not being made easier by the amount of injuries he is having to deal with. Miguel Britos, Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah, Femenia, Tommy Hoban, Will Hughes and Younes Kaboul are all out.


Last chance saloon for Pellegrino?

Southampton's recent record is even worse than Watford's. The Saints have not won any of their last nine Premier League games.

Only goal difference is keeping them out of the relegation zone and unsurprisingly Mauricio Pellegrino is the big favourite to be the next manager to leave their job at [1.67], with Silva the second favourite at [7.0].

Southampton have yet to spend any of the £75m fee they received from Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk. Perhaps they are waiting to see whether they will have to replace their manager, before committing themselves in the transfer market.

Pellegrino will hope that Wesley Hoedt and Jeremy Pied are back for the trip to Watford. Charlie Austin and Cedric Soares are both on the sidelines with injuries.


Hornets can sting at home

Watford are the favourites at [2.5], with Southampton at [3.1] and the draw is [3.45].

As you might expect in a match between two teams in similar form the market is quite evenly poised and this may have created an opportunity. Including their FA Cup victory over Bristol City last weekend, Watford have won two of their last three home games and even in the one they lost against Swansea, they were winning until the 86th minute.

With Southampton in such abject form, odds of [1.78] for Watford in the Draw No Bet market looks like good value.


Goals look likely

Over 2.5 goals is the favourite at [1.9], with unders at [1.92].

Again, it's a very tight market and not necessarily justifiably. Watford have seen three goals or more in six of their last seven games. Southampton have often been shot-shy this season, but have scored in four of their last five outings.

These statistics are better represented by the odds of [1.77] for Both Teams To Score.

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