Liverpool were made to work for the points versus West Ham last time out, and Saturday’s meeting with Watford will prove to be no different, the gulf in quality notwithstanding.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 29th, February
Venue: Vicarage Road
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Watford are swiftly losing the battle to avoid the drop, and having now gone five league games without a win, there is every likelihood they could already be planning for life in the Championship even at this stage of the season.
Manchester United were the latest team to get the better of the Hornets, a largely routine 3-0 victory at Old Trafford last Sunday made it a third loss in their last four.
It must be said however, that they showed promise in the defeat, and had they made the most of the chances they got earlier on, things could have turned out differently.
They have lost all of their last four encounters against Liverpool, failing to score in any of them so it is interesting to see how they hope to negotiate this one, even in the midst of their troubles.
Liverpool had to come from behind against West Ham, with Geoginio Wijnaldum, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane getting on the scoresheet for the Reds.
Yet, the champions-elect are expected to make light work of this one but with Watford fighting for their skin, could we get to see their resilience give room to some value markets to explore in the betting?
Daryl Janmaat and Kiko Femenia are doubts for the welcome of Liverpool. Craig Dawson misses out with injury.
Nathaniel Clyne and skipper Jordan Henderson are still both out.
Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner will face late fitness tests.
Head to Head
In 33 previous meetings between the two sides, Liverpool have a greater win tally, 24 in total to Watford’s five. Four ended as draws.
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in six of their last eight games against Watford in all competitions.
Watford are winless in their last eight games against Liverpool, losing seven.
Watford start the weekend inside the bottom three, a point shy of safety after losing three of their last four league games. Watford’s last five league games (DLLDL)
Liverpool can secure a 19th Premier League win here, a victory that pushes them even closer to the title. Liverpool’s last five league games (WWWWW)
I will have to give serious thought to Watford breaking their duck of not scoring in any of the last four meetings with Liverpool, and with Nigel Pearson’s side expected to show resolve in the light of the relegation staring them in the face, expect this game to come with fireworks yet. Both Teams to Score is 4/5 in that regard, even if Liverpool eventually go on to topple them.
Troy Deeney is 13/5 to score anytime, and the bulky Watford frontman should surely get his chances here. Whether he takes them remains to be seen.