Deadline day proved to be particularly unkind for Watford’s Sean Dyche and Barnsley’s Keith Hill as both managers were forced to sell their star players.
With both sides hovering between the relegation zone and mid table, offloading their top goalscorers may prove costly if they are dragged into the relegation dogfight.
Watford edge the favouritism ahead of this one and are priced at 23/20, while the visitors are available at odds of 23/10. However, the value looks to be in backing a repeat result from the encounter earlier in the campaign.
Oakwell bore witness to a 1-1 draw back in September and for this scoreline to arise again on Saturday odds of 19/4 are available.
The Tykes have failed to find the net on seven separate occasions this campaign and Saturday’s hosts sit behind only Nottingham Forest and Millwall in the current standings for games without scoring at an incredible 12.
Mighty Marvin Sordell bagged Watford’s opener in that clash and the prolific front man will be sorely missed now he has signed for Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.
The England under-21 striker had bagged ten goals before his move to the Trotters, and the Hornets may struggle to find the net without their main goal threat.
West Ham are the side to benefit from Barnsley’s decision to let Ricardo Vaz Te go on Tuesday and the Portuguese striker’s departure will certainly leave a void.
Despite starting only 12 league fixtures, Vaz Te notched an impressive ten goals and earned himself a lucrative move to the Championship leaders.
Midweek fixtures saw both Watford and Barnsley record inspiring victories over Millwall and Derby respectively.
It may well have been due to players feeling the need to step up and show that they can replace the stars that were sold only hours before kick-off on Tuesday night.
But how much have those wins taken out of the two teams?
If both sides suffer a weekend hangover from the successes of their midweek endeavours, then 0-0 could be worth a flutter.
So far this season, Barnsley have been in involved in two goalless games, while Watford have partaken in three 0-0s.
On top of this, the Tykes have failed to find the net on seven separate occasions this campaign and Saturday’s hosts sit behind only Nottingham Forest and Millwall in the current standings for games without scoring at an incredible 12.
With this in mind, the odds of 15/2 for a scoreless game look very inviting.
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