Stoke vs Watford: Lambert's honeymoon period set to continue

Stoke vs Watford: Lambert’s honeymoon period set to continue

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Odds: Stoke 6/5, Draw 12/5, Watford 23/10

Kick Off: 2000, 31/01/2018

Stadium: Bet365 Stadium

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Stoke made a giant leap forward in their first Premier League match under Paul Lambert and can now see off Watford if maintaining that momentum.

City climbed out of the bottom three thanks to beating Huddersfield 2-0 on home turf and have what looks to be a golden opportunity to kick on from that confidence-boosting triumph.

Their next opponents still appear out of sorts despite changing managers themselves, so 6/5 for the Potters to prevail again gets the nod in our Stoke vs Watford betting predictions.

A Look At Stoke City’s Betting Odds

Second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf gave Stoke a deserved victory against the Terriers, who rarely threatened Jack Butland at the other end.

The Potters lost their way under Mark Hughes this season, but there has always been a feeling that proven performers such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Darren Fletcher would help to turn things around at some point.

Lambert quickly identified a leaky defence as an area of concern, but Austria right-back Moritz Bauer looks a useful recruit, left-back Kostas Stafylidis has also joined on loan and getting Ryan Shawcross back from injury is a major boost.

All of a sudden, Stoke look a well-balanced outfit again, especially if one of their misfiring front men finds some improved form.

Keeping things tight at the back will be Lambert’s big aim, though, so 14/5 for a home win to nil here stands out from the Stoke vs Watford odds.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

A run of eight defeats from their last 11 league games contributed to Watford’s sacking of Marco Silva and there was no dream start for Javi Gracia in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup loss at Southampton.

The Hornets’ supporters booed them off both at half-time and at the final whistle at St Mary’s Stadium, showing how far they have slipped since an encouraging start to the campaign.

Midfielder Ben Watson is well aware of the need to stop the rot and has hailed the trip to Stoke as “the biggest game of the season”.

He added: “We have got to go to Stoke and impose ourselves and we have to make sure that we leave nothing on the pitch.”

However, the vibes coming from new head coach Gracia were hardly positive after the weekend defeat.

“I don’t know how long it will take to get over my ideas to the players,” said the 47-year-old Spaniard. “We tried to improve against Southampton, but it is hard to give an exact time.”

The Potters prevailed 1-0 when these teams met at Vicarage Road towards the end of October and 15/2 for a repeat of that result completes our Stoke vs Watford betting predictions.

City also did the double over their opponents last season, without conceding a goal.

Additional stats

Last result:

STOKE 2-0 Huddersfield – Joe Allen, Mame Biram Diouf

Southampton 1-0 WATFORD

Head-to-head: Watford 0-1 Stoke, Stoke 2-0 Watford, Watford 0-1 Stoke, Watford 1-2 Stoke, Stoke 0-2 Watford

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Best bets for Stoke vs Watford

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