Watford vs Liverpool: Salah to sting Hornets again

Watford vs Liverpool: Salah to sting Hornets again

Kick-off: 1730, 29/02/2020

Stadium: Vicarage Road

TV: Sky Sports

Liverpool have been a touch lacklustre since returning from their winter break but are still expected to secure a 19th straight Premier League success at Watford.

The Hornets are second from bottom in the table this term and have only picked up one point from their last eight encounters with the Reds.

Mohamed Salah has netted eight times in five renewals of this fixture, so 6/5 for him to score in an away win is our first Watford vs Liverpool prediction.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

Watford enjoyed an upturn in fortunes when Nigel Pearson took charge but are now back in big trouble after going five league games without a win.

The Hornets were more competitive than the final scoreline suggests when beaten 3-0 at Manchester United last time out, though.

Troy Deeney should have done better with one of several early chances and had a potential equaliser at just 1-0 down ruled out, as Craig Dawson was adjudged to have handled via VAR.

“It’s a frustrating day in the sense that, when you play the bigger clubs, it’s very important that when you create chances or have opportunities, you do everything you can to take them,” said Pearson.

“We didn’t take the chances we had early in the game. I think our attempts to press them high up the pitch caused them a few problems in terms of frustrating them at times.

“I think we were a bit annoyed with ourselves to come in 1-0 down, because we had some good chances and showed decent discipline in terms of our shape.”

Watford have scored nine times in their last five home matches and have netted before the interval in seven of nine top-flight fixtures at any venue.

Their opponents also grab plenty of early goals, so 13/4 for both teams to score in the first half catches the eye from the Watford vs Liverpool odds.

Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Masina, Cathcart, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.

A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds

After only just scraping past Norwich and then losing at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool had to survive a surprise scare when hosting West Ham.

All looked well when Georginio Wijnaldum broke the deadlock early on, but the Reds slipped 2-1 behind before Salah levelled and Sadio Mane bagged an 81st-minute decider.

Jurgen Klopp’s side ultimately matched Manchester City’s record for consecutive league wins and remained on course for several more landmark achievements this season, though.

“A couple of years ago, three or four maybe, in the beginning, I said we want to write our own stories, we want to create our own history,” said Klopp.

“Obviously, the boys took really seriously what I said there and that’s all cool.”

Virgil Van Dijk added: “We will just keep going and stay positive and not get nervous. That is the main thing.”

Liverpool’s ability to keep pressing until the final whistle could pay dividend once more, as they have scored 14 goals between 75:01 minutes and full-time.

The Hornets have conceded a dozen in the same period, so 27/20 for the Reds to net in that time zone at Vicarage Road completes our Watford vs Liverpool betting tips.

Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

Additional stats

Last result:

Man Utd 3-0 WATFORD

LIVERPOOL 3-2 West Ham – Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane

Head-to-head: Liverpool 2-0 Watford, Liverpool 5-0 Watford, Watford 0-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 5-0 Watford, Watford 3-3 Liverpool

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