Kick-off: 1500, 23/11/2019
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Watford finally have a win on the board and are favourites to make it back-to-back victories when they host Burnley.
The Hornets have produced some better performances lately and got their reward with a 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Norwich.
Burnley were 3-0 winners at home to West Ham last time out but remain without an away victory so we’ll take a draw at 12/5 as our opening Watford vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford will be desperate to kick on and build on the momentum gained by climbing off the foot of the table prior to the international break with the win at Norwich.
Gerard Deulofeu gave them a dream start, slotting past Tim Krul in the second minute, before Andre Gray doubled his side’s lead in the second half with a well-executed backheeled flick.
Not even Christian Kabasele’s red card 25 minutes from time could prevent Watford from securing the three points and midfielder Will Hughes told his side’s official website: “It was more relief than anything.
“We have worked hard all season, but the table does not lie and we were not good enough.
“But we came to a tricky place, they were under pressure as well, and going down to 10 men with 20 minutes to go everyone was on edge. But we dug in and showed a lot of character.”
It was a third clean sheet in the last five matches for the Hornets, who have started to look more solid under Quique Sanchez Flores, so under 2.5 goals is added to our Watford vs Burnley betting tips at 19/20.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Janmaat, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu.
Captain Troy Deeney could feature for the first time since August, having been sidelined by a knee operation.
Roberto Pereyra (thigh), Tom Cleverley (heel), Domingos Quina (groin), Sebastian Prodl (knee), Daniel Bachmann (hamstring) and Danny Welbeck (hamstring) are ruled out through injury. Christian Kabasele is suspended.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley produced the perfect response to their dismal 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United as they bounced back to beat West Ham by the same scoreline.
They were given a helping hand by West Ham goalkeeper Roberto, who had a nightmare afternoon at Turf Moor.
Ashley Barnes scored the opener from a corner and Roberto’s ill-judged throw led to Dwight McNeil robbing Fabian Balbuena, who set up Chris Wood for the second.
The nadir came in the 54th minute when Roberto flapped at a corner from Ashley Westwood and only succeeded in pushing the ball into his own net.
Despite that, boss Sean Dyche could not have been happier with the response to the poor show at Bramall Lane.
“Alter ego wasn’t it?” he said. “Last week we weren’t even close to a performance. I don’t want to discredit Sheffield United, they were better than us, but we were a way off our mark.
“Today it came flooding back in, the edge that we play with, the organisation, the shape and the belief in the team.”
Burnley may be yet to win on their travels but have managed score draws at Wolves, Brighton and Aston Villa and a third 1-1 draw of the season appeals at 23/4 in the Watford vs Burnley odds.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Westwood, Wood, Barnes.
Matej Vydra (hip) will not be involved against his former club, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater also on the sidelines.
Norwich 0-2 WATFORD – Gerard Deulofeu, Andre Gray
BURNLEY 3-0 West Ham – Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Roberto (og)
Head-to-head: Watford 0-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-3 Watford, Watford 1-2 Burnley, Burnley 1-0 Watford, Watford 2-1 Burnley, Burnley 2-0 Watford
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