Watford host second-placed Southampton on Saturday, desperate to atone for last Saturday’s 4-0 capitulation away at Crystal Palace.
The Hornets had enjoyed a four-match unbeaten run before their miserable visit to south-east London and manager Sean Dyche has been busy in the transfer market since, snaring both Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and Fulham striker Marcello Trotta on loan deals.
Southampton were involved in a 4-0 scoreline themselves, though they enjoyed a comfortable home win against Derby which briefly saw them regain top spot in the Championship.
The pick of the goals came from recent signing Tadanari Lee. The Japanese striker will have given boss Nigel Adkins food for thought and the former physio has virtually a full squad to pick from this weekend.
The Saints are 91/100 with bwin to march to victory, while Watford are priced at 29/10 and the draw is available at 23/10.
Saturday’s fixture might appear a foregone conclusion on paper, but in reality it’s a tough one to call.
Although 17th in the table, Watford have consolidated after their poor early-season form and have suffered only one defeat at home in the Championship since a 2-0 loss to Palace last October.
Though Saints prevailed 4-0 at St. Mary’s back in October, they have only won on one of their last 20 visits to Watford.
While Southampton are unbeaten in their last five away from home, Adkins’ side have only returned victorious to St. Mary’s from six of their 19 away matches this season.
Another salient point for consideration is Saints’ wretched record against Watford. Before this season, the south-coast side had failed to beat the Hornets in six Championship meetings since their relegation from the Premier League in 2005, conceding a whopping 17 goals along the way.
And though Saints prevailed 4-0 at St. Mary’s back in October, they have only won on one of their last 20 visits to Watford.
With that in mind, the multiple correct score special of 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 to the home side could be worth a look at 5/1.
New customers using their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this particular selection could collect £150 if one of the three scorelines comes in.
But with a strike force that includes the division’s top scorer Rickie Lambert, not to mention Billy Sharp, David Connolly, Lee, Guly Do Prado and Adam Lallana, Saints fans will remain optimistic that they can claim all three points.
And if you believe they will get the job done, take them to triumph either 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1, which is on offer at a very inviting 4/1.
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