The title race in the English Premier League is almost over, as Manchester City need only a few more wins to ensure it completely. However, the battle for the 2nd spot seems to be much fiercer. In fact, we probably won’t know who’s gonna end up the runner-up until the last few rounds of the season. Several teams are in the competition for that spot, including Liverpool, the team that takes on Watford this Saturday at the Anfield.
What should you expect from this game? Can Liverpool beat the Hornets? Find out in this Liverpool vs. Watford betting tips and match preview article!
Liverpool vs. Watford: Match Preview
After losing to Manchester United in the previous round of the Premier League, Liverpool have dropped a few spots. They’re currently on the fourth spot on the table, behind Tottenham, Manchester United, and of course, Manchester City. To stay in the competition for the 2nd place, they need to get right back on the winning track.
The good news for the Reds is that they definitely have the manpower to take all three points on Saturday. All of their key men are fit and ready for the game, including Mohamed Salah, who is in the competition for the top Premier League scorer. He currently has 24 goals to his name, the same number as Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who’s out injured and probably will remain sidelined for a few weeks.
Another thing that’s making the Reds optimistic ahead of this duel is the fact that their players have always been great when playing home matches. They’re without a defeat at the Anfield this season, with 9 wins in 15 matches.
The first time they played against Liverpool at the Anfield, Watford won all three points. However, that was a long time ago, back in 1999. Since then, they lost each of their duels with the Reds in Liverpool. But this team hasn’t been bad only against Liverpool, their away form has been poor regardless of the opponent.
In fact, Watford have lost 8 out of previous 9 matches, counting all competitions. They managed to score only twice in those 9 games and if it weren’t for their impressive home form, they would be much lower on the table. Tight now, Watford are on a highly reputable 10th place on the table.
Bad news for Watford is that they have a number of injury concerns. Over a dozen players are either injured or struggling with match fitness. This means that Watford manager will not find it easy to pick the starting eleven.
- Clyne (injury)
- Deulofeu (injury)
- Cleverley (injury)
- Cathcart (injury)
- Chalobah (injury)
- Kaboul (injury)
- Wagué (injury)
- Kabasele (injury)
- Hoban (injury)
Liverpool: Karius – van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson – Can, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain – Mane, Salah, Firmino
Watford: Karnezis – Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas, Janmaat – Capoue, Doucoure, Richarlison, Femenia, Pereyra – Deeney
Liverpool vs. Watford: Match Prediction
Not only do Liverpool have the motivation to win this match but they also have the required player quality. Furthermore, Watford have been terrible in away matches and I’m pretty certain they won’t start playing better this weekend.
So, what’s my prediction for the duel Liverpool vs. Watford? Well, I think that Liverpool win is a certainty, but the odds might be too low for your liking. If you want to spice it up, go with Asian Handicap -1.5 Liverpool.
Liverpool vs. Watford Betting Tips
Liverpool @1.20 (Unibet)
Liverpool -1.5 AH @1.50 (bet365)