Kick-off: 1945, 26/12/2020
Stadium: Vicarage Road
TV: Sky Sports
Watford are once again starting life under a new manager and Xisco Munoz could not have asked for a much tougher first match in charge.
The Spaniard has taken over from Vladimir Ivic, who was sacked last weekend following a 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield, and starts with a visit from the Championship leaders.
Norwich have enjoyed five straight wins to go five points clear yet have been priced up as 9/5 underdogs to win at Vicarage Road so an away win is an easy pick for our first Watford vs Norwich prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford’s fourth defeat of the league season – which left them fifth in the table – proved Ivic’s undoing, with the Hertfordshire club’s ninth manager in five years the latest to leave after a short tenure.
The Hornets wasted little time in bringing in Munoz, a former winger who helped Valencia to the double of the Liga title and UEFA Cup 16 years ago, and who has been described by his new employers as having “an attacking philosophy to his coaching”.
The Spaniard joins Watford following a period as manager of Dinamo Tbilisi, who he ushered to the Georgian Premier League title earlier this year.
Watford began the season as one of the favourites for promotion back to the Premier League but have managed only two wins and four goals from their six matches in December.
Troy Deeney has scored three of those goals and is expected to return to the starting line-up, having inexplicably been an unused substitute at Huddersfield despite the team being 2-0 down by half-time.
With Deeney back in the team and a more attacking approach, over 2.5 goals appeals at 21/20 in the Watford vs Norwich odds.
A Look At Norwich’s Betting Odds
In contrast to the quick turnover in managers at Watford, Norwich kept faith in Daniel Farke despite last season’s relegation and that stability looks set to be rewarded.
The Canaries took a while to find their feet as they lost two of their first four matches but have only suffered one more defeat since then.
They rarely blow the opposition away though and 11 of their 13 wins have been by a one-goal margin, while they have only been ahead at half-time on six occasions.
Late goals have been a trademark of their season, with no team scoring more goals in the last 15 minutes.
All this suggests Norwich winning after drawing at half-time is a decent shout at 11/2, while a fifth 2-1 win for the Canaries in six matches is worth adding to our Watford vs Norwich betting tips at 10/1.
Huddersfield 2-0 WATFORD
NORWICH 2-0 Cardiff – Emiliano Buendia, Todd Cantwell
Head-to-head: Watford 2-1 Norwich, Norwich 0-2 Watford, Norwich 4-2 Watford, Watford 2-0 Norwich
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