Southampton vs Watford: Saints can march on in FA Cup

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Odds: Southampton 87/100, Draw 12/5, Watford 16/5

Kick Off: 1500, 27/01/2018

Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton and Watford drew 2-2 in the Premier League at Vicarage Road earlier this month but we’re backing Saints to come out on top on home turf in the FA Cup.

Abdoulaye Doucoure’s last-minute equaliser should have been ruled out for handball that day and this is a chance to gain some quick compensation.

The Hornets will have Javi Gracia in charge for the first time after he was appointed to succeed Marco Silva, becoming the club’s 10th manager since 2012.

However, the former Malaga head coach will be more concerned with improving his new team’s top-flight fortunes than extending their interest in this competition.

That upheaval adds to the appeal of 87/100 for a home win in our Southampton vs Watford betting predictions.

A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds

Southampton are also in need of some Premier League points, being stuck in the bottom three after going 11 games without a win in that tournament.

However, they have had a tough run of fixtures and will take plenty of encouragement from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham at this venue.

Spurs were affected by illness and injury problems, but Ryan Bertrand still insisted: “We have to look at this as a good point.”

We believe Saints are much better than their bare form suggests this season and they showed a liking for knockout competitions when reaching the EFL Cup final last term.

Victory here could help to build morale and 15/4 for the hosts to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 takes the eye from the Southampton vs Watford odds.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

Watford’s early-season promise has evaporated and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester was an eight loss in 11 top-flight fixtures.

The Hornets have been hampered by a lack of goals up front, with Troy Deeney, Andre Gray, Andre Carrillo and Stefan Okaka all struggling.

Even hot prospect Richarlison has gone 13 games without finding the back of the net and speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal won’t help.

Despite those issues, though, Watford only failed to score once in eight matches before being beaten at King Power Stadium.

Bearing that in mind, 29/10 for a home win and both teams to score is tempting for our Southampton vs Watford betting tips.

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Last result:

SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 Tottenham – Davison Sanchez (og)

Leicester 2-0 WATFORD

Head-to-head: Watford 2-2 Southampton, Southampton 0-2 Watford, Watford 3-4 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Watford, Southampton 0-2 Watford, Watford 0-0 Southampton

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Best bets for Southampton vs Watford

Southampton to win @ 87/100

Southampton to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 @ 15/4

Southampton to win and BTTS @ 29/10

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.