Kick-off: 1500, 01/01/2020
Stadium: Vicarage Road
TV: BT Sport
Watford closed 2019 with an encouraging run of results that helped lift them off the foot of the Premier League table but face a tough test when entertaining Wolves.
Wanderers have a 100% record against teams in the bottom five and came out on top in their last couple of head-to-head encounters with the Hornets.
We think 13/10 for an away win remains a percentage pick for our initial Watford vs Wolves prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford fans will be hoping they have turned the corner after beating Manchester United and Aston Villa here over the Festive period, in between a fine draw at Sheffield United.
Even the 57th-minute dismissal of Adrian Mariappa didn’t stop them from crushing Villa 3-0 on Saturday, with Troy Deeney hitting a double and Ismaila Sarr also on target.
Deeney was absent for the whole of September and October following knee surgery in August, but now looks back to his best.
Nigel Pearson said: “He is an important player and brings qualities to the side that we need – and that is he loves the pressure and loves to be able to make a fight of a game.
“He is always a handful to play against. I’m really pleased he is back fit and scoring goals, but also pleased we have a squad of players who are prepared to put their bodies on the line like they did.”
However, Villa were poor and United gifted Watford their two goals in that game, so we still need a bit more convincing before siding with the Hornets against a well-drilled Wolves unit.
Looking at the Watford vs Wolves odds, preference at this stage is for the visitors to shade a tight tussle, so 4/1 for an away win and under 2.5 goals gets the nod.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Mariappa, Cathcart, Kiko, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Sarr.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves beat Norwich and Manchester City either side of Christmas and were then slightly unfortunate in a hard-fought 1-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Sadio Mane’s goal was originally ruled out for handball by Adam Lallana, only for referee Anthony Taylor to overturn that after a VAR referral.
Moments later, Wanderers scored through Pedro Neto but the equaliser was chalked off as Jonny’s foot was deemed to be marginally offside.
Nuno Espirito Santo said of his players: “They were fantastic from the beginning to the end. We finished the game really well.
“In the second half, we dominated the game, we controlled the game, we had good possession of the ball and had chances. The result is there, but the performance makes us proud.
“It was a good game of football, but let’s go again at Watford, that’s the only thing I’m thinking about.”
Wolves have a habit of coming on strong, as they have the Premier League’s third-highest share of last goals (68.4%) and the second-highest share of goals scored in the second half (72.4%).
The Hornets have only scored the last goal five times this season, so let’s add 4/1 for Raul Jimenez to grab the final score of the game to our Watford vs Wolves betting tips.
Seven of his eight Premier League goals have come after the interval!
Last Wolves line-up: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Jonny, Vinagre, Kilman, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Jota.
WATFORD 3-0 Aston Villa – Troy Deeney (2), Ismaila Sarr
Liverpool 1-0 WOLVES
Head-to-head: Wolves 2-0 Watford, Watford 1-2 Wolves, Watford 3-2 Wolves, Wolves 0-2 Watford
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