West Ham 2-4 Watford [Michail Antonio (first scorer) (x2) – Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue, Jose Holebas]
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City [Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Kevin De Bruyne (first scorer), Kelechi Iheanacho]
Kick Off: 12.00, 18/09/2016
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Head-to-head: Man Utd 1-0 Watford, Watford 1-2 Man Utd, Watford 1-4 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-0 Watford, Watford 1-2 Man Utd
* Man Utd to win @ 8/15
* Over 2.5 goals @ 9/10
* Juan Mata to score (check prices)
* Man Utd have won their last 11 matches against Watford
* These sides’ past four games combined have seen 14 goals scored
* Juan Mata and Memphis Depay are the only players available to Jose Mourinho bar Wayne Rooney to have scored goals against Watford
A look at Watford’s betting odds
The last time the Hornets so much as avoided defeat against their next visitors was all the way back in September 1986, when The Communards’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ topped the UK charts and then-Red Devils boss Ron Atkinson held onto the Old Trafford hotseat for dear life.
Watford will fancy their chances after coming back from 2-0 down to pull off a remarkable 4-2 win at West Ham last time out, especially with United bound to be reeling from their 2-1 loss at home to Manchester City last week, but Walter Mazzarri’s men are massive 5/1 outsiders in the betting for good reason.
A look at Man Utd’s betting odds
Atkinson was gone seven weeks after that 1-0 defeat, meaning Sir Alex Ferguson traversed his entire Old Trafford career without suffering defeat at Watford’s hands, winning nine out of nine.
Even Louis van Gaal managed to take six points off them last season, despite his side going into injury time of their 2-1 win at Vicarage Road level and needing an 83rd-minute winner from Juan Mata back at home.
Such is the hoodoo that surrounds this fixture since the mid-1980s, with Watford managing to at least draw level after going behind in four of their past seven matches against the 13-time Premier League champions, yet failing to avoid defeat on each occasion.
Bearing that in mind, Jose Mourinho’s men seem rather good value in the Man Utd-Watford betting at odds of 8/15.