Kick-off: 1500, 05/10/2019
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Quique Sanchez Flores faces a moment of truth in his second spell as Watford boss and we reckon a home win over Sheffield United is on the cards.
The Hornets have faced three tough Premier League tests since the Spaniard’s return to Vicarage Road, but this is a better chance to boost morale.
We’re lumping on the hosts to come good at 6/5 for our initial Watford vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford reacted well to the managerial shake-up when coming from 2-0 down to draw with Arsenal at this venue, a game they could easily have won in the closing stages.
The Hornets were then left shell-shocked by an 8-0 drubbing at Manchester City and went down 2-0 away to Wolves last weekend.
Sloppy defensive errors continue to prove costly, but we did take some encouragement from them having 61 per cent of possession at Molineux.
“We need to win,” declared Flores. “We have insecurities, we have situations we can’t solve, easy mistakes giving opportunities to the opponent.
“All these kinds of things happen when things are a little bit down, but we are working on the situation, we’re working to change.
“I trust this squad of players and they can change the situation. It’s a process and I hope between all of us we can find solutions.”
All the vibes suggest Flores has had a positive impact on training and this is the big chance for what remains a talented bunch of players to knuckle down and show their true worth.
Looking at the Watford vs Sheff Utd odds, we like 12/5 for a home victory and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Janmaat, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas, Cleverley, Doucoure, Sarr, Capoue, Deulofeu, Welbeck.
Watford are still without captain Troy Deeney, who underwent knee surgery in August after playing in the Hornets’ first two matches of the season, but he could be back soon.
Sanchez Flores will have midfielder Will Hughes available, but striker Isaac Success remains absent with a groin injury.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Sheffield United deserve huge respect for how they have adapted to life in the top flight and eight points from seven games is a solid haul at this stage.
The Blades have done particularly well on the road, drawing at Bournemouth and Chelsea before winning 2-0 at Everton.
However, they put an awful lot of effort into that triumph at Goodison Park and last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Bramall Lane, so the fear is that those exertions could now take a toll.
Only a Dean Henderson blunder cost United dearly versus the Reds, who laboured against the hard work and organisation developed under Chris Wilder.
But the manager admitted: “Liverpool had an off day and I think we missed an opportunity.
“We have had big moments in the game, but we did not take them. We had to jump all over it and we didn’t.”
Bramall Lane was buzzing for that televised contest, but getting back up for this low-key affair will be a different proposition.
Roberto Pereyra is a player we like for the hosts and he was on target versus Arsenal and in an EFL Cup win over Swansea recently, so 11/4 for him to net at any time is added to our Watford vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, McBurnie, Robinson.
United captain Billy Sharp will return to contention following suspension. Fellow striker David McGoldrick remains sidelined with a groin problem, which has kept him out for three matches.
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