Kick-off: 1500, 28/09/2019
The bottom two teams in the Premier League meet at Molineux on Saturday when things can surely only get better for Watford.
The Hornets are still licking their wounds after last weekend’s 8-0 thrashing at Manchester City when they were fortunate not to suffer the biggest defeat in Premier League history.
Neither team has managed a league win this season but we’ve been more encouraged by the performances of Wolves and a home win at 87/100 is our opening Wolves vs Watford prediction.
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Wolves are learning the hard way that competing in the Europa League can take its toll on domestic results.
They were tipped as potential candidates for a top-six finish this season but have made a slow start with just four points from six games.
One of those was won in stoppage time last weekend when Diogo Jota rescued a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, which means there have been goals at both ends in their last five league games.
The fact that Wolves found the energy to score in the 95th minute suggests fatigue is not an issue, especially as they ended the game with 10 men due to the dismissal of Romain Saiss.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: “This shows a lot of things and says a lot about the spirit we have. This says a lot about the players.
“Our preparation started on June 27 and we knew that we would be involved in this challenge and we have to embrace it.
“Every player is working very hard and the proof is the way they run until the last second of the game. It was incredible – really, really great credit to them.”
Wolves have only managed one first-half goal this season but their second-half record is seventh best in the division.
So we’ll back the scores to be level at half-time and Wolves to win it in the second half at 15/4 as the next of our Wolves vs Watford betting tips.
Last Wolves line-up: Rui Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Jonny, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jimenez, Jota, Traore.
Moroccan defender Romain Saiss is back in contention after missing the midweek Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out win over Reading through suspension but midfielders Meritan Shabani and Bruno Jordao were injured during their debuts in that game and are ruled out.
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Watford must prove that the humiliation at the Etihad Stadium did no lasting damage and produce a quick response.
The confidence gained from the second-half comeback to rescue a 2-2 draw against Arsenal was wiped out by five City goals in the first 18 minutes.
They are not the only team to have been on the receiving end of a City masterclass in recent times, though.
Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster told the club website: “You’ve got to let it go and move onto the next one, it’s the only way, there’s no point in dwelling.
“We have to take little positives, at times we had little spells of play and at 1-0 we had a chance with Gerard Deulofeu. Unfortunately, we couldn’t put it away. But that’s football, that’s the way it is, you’ve just got to clean yourselves up.
“You’ve got to keep smiling, I’ve just let eight goals in and I’m not happy but you’ve got to put a brave face on. It is what it is, there’s no point dwelling and you’ve just got to look towards the next game.”
Wolves are without a clean sheet since the opening weekend so the visitors could get some reward but we like the look of a 2-1 home win at 8/1 in the Wolves vs Watford odds.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Mariappa, Kiko, Holebas, Foulquier, Cleverley, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu.
Last Premier League result:
Crystal Palace 1-1 WOLVES – Diogo Jota
Man City 8-0 WATFORD
Head-to-head: Watford 1-2 Wolves, Watford 3-2 Wolves (AET), Wolves 0-2 Watford
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