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Watford v Southampton predictions, betting tips and match preview - Off-form Hornets looking for second win in ten

Dean Smith 8 Jan 2018
  • Watford welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon
  • Can the Hornets take momentum from their FA Cup win over Bristol City into their league form?
Kiko Femenia of Watford

Watford v Southampton Premier League predictions, betting tips and match preview here. Having picked up just one win in their last nine league outings, the Hornets are desperate for three points as they host the Saints at Vicarage Road on Saturday.


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  • Watford have managed just one win in their last nine league games
  • Southampton meanwhile are winless in their last eight away league fixtures
  • The Saints have lost just one of their last eight meetings with the Hornets

Watford v Southampton betting preview

Watford's early season form has subsided in recent weeks and their perhaps ambitious hopes of a place in European competition have all but vanished now. Perhaps interest from Everton unsettled manager Marco Silva, who was being lauded as one of the Premier League's best managers in the early stages of the campaign and that is why his side come into their Saturday match versus Southampton having won just one of their last nine league outings.

This below-par form has seen the Hornets slip down to tenth in the league, but we continue to see flashes of what this squad is capable of. A recent home win over Leicester City looked to have them back on the right track, only for it to be followed up with back-to-back defeats to Swansea City and Manchester City. After overcoming another City, Bristol, in the FA Cup last weekend, can the Hertfordshire side start picking up wins in the league again with three points here at 151/100 with Marathonbet?

Southampton's season hasn't exactly gone to plan thus far. Eyebrows were raised by many pundits after the club decided to part company with Claude Puel after just one season under his management in the summer and his replacement, Mauricio Pellegrino, has struggled on his return to England. With 22 games gone, the Argentinian's side sit in 17th place in the table, just one place clear of the dreaded drop zone on goal difference alone.

The Saints last victory in the Premier League came over Everton back in November, meaning they've now gone nine league matches without a victory and they haven't managed a win on the road in the league in their last eight games. Like Watford however, they managed a confidence-boosting win over potentially tricky Championship opponents in the FA Cup against Fulham last time out - can they now build on that and pick up three vital points in the league at odds of 2/1 with Unibet.

We're anticipating a tough fixture between two fairly well-matched sides here. Both sides have quality in attack and defence, but both sides are struggling for confidence at the moment and thus struggling to secure any victories. It's worth noting that the Saints have drawn no fewer than four of their away matches already this season and we think they will have enough in the tank to take another point here, but not all three. The draw is available at 12/5 with BetVictor.

One area in which the Saints have struggled at times this season is going forward. Shane Long only managed his first league goal of the season on his last outing whilst Charlie Austin has struggled for fitness, which is perhaps why they have failed to score on five occasions away from home this season. In a tight game we're anticipating the defences coming out on top and few chances at either end, so odds of 10/11 with Betfair look like good value to us on under 2.5 goals.

Recommended bets:
Match to be drawn @ 12/5 with BetVictor
Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11 with Betfair

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Watford v Southampton predictions, betting tips and match preview - Off-form Hornets looking for second win in ten

Watford v Southampton Premier League predictions, betting tips and match preview here. Having picked up just one win in their last nine league outings, the Hornets are desperate for three points as they host the Saints at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

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