Liverpool are likely to select a much-changed team from the one that comprehensively seen off Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final when Watford visit Anfield this Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp switched eight starters when going down 3-1 at Swansea City last weekend, that loss coming directly off the back of the first leg of the aforementioned semi-final, and a similar course of action (although maybe not as drastic) is sure to be followed this time as keeping players fresh for the Europa League showpiece takes priority.
With so little to play for in the Premier League and a willingness to remain fresh for the final compromising motivation here, Watford have an excellent chance to record a league double over the Reds and land punters a sizeable sum in the process.
The Hornets are 5/1 to snare the spoils on Merseyside, a significantly higher price than the 57/100 up for grabs about a win for the hosts and the following factors say it’s a wager worth making.
With only three Watford draws on the road since Boxing Day, the spoils being shared is a prospect that can be ruled out, while West Ham United’s comfortable win when hosting the Hornets in their last Premier League away game will do little to inspire confidence in the visitors here.
Though it’s important to note they’ve followed up every traveling setback in the Premier League in 2016 with a win on their next sojourn.
With triumphs at Arsenal and Stoke City recently added to his CV, Quique Sanchez Flores has proved himself capable of causing upsets at the top-tier’s most difficult venues and, as stated, they’ve already overcame a Klopp-schooled Liverpool side this term.
Their 3-0 cruise against the Reds was rendered all the more impressive given that several of today’s hosts’ top stars were selected. By contrast, they’re likely to field plenty of fringe players and youngsters here.
It’s also important to note that following their Swansea reverse last time out, Liverpool have now failed to prevail in four of their last six matches that followed Europa League action.
At 5/1 for the win and 27/20 just to avoid defeat, there’s certainly value in Watford getting at least a point here.