Manchester United vs Watford
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 23 February 2020
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
At the Old Trafford, against a relegation-battler, Manchester United are easily deemed to have the upper hand. On top of that, they are high on confidence after their win against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge, and the news that City have been banned from the next two seasons of the CL – which has made the race for the fifth spot supremely important.
Manchester United vs Watford Match Preview
United recorded a 0-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Chelsea. The win was an extremely inspiring one, considering their struggles to keep themselves in the CL mix.
The win, along with the clean sheet, coupled with the ban for Manchester City from the next two seasons of the Champions League – have made it easier for teams with European prospects. To make it clearer – now, United just need to finish in the fifth spot to qualify for the CL, rather than in the fourth position.
Moreover, the fact that the Devils had defeated another top-four prospect in Chelsea, further amplifies the value of the win. And to make things ever merrier, the next match-day, the Blues are taking on the fifth-placed Spurs, who have 41, and 40 points respectively.
As such, a win this Sunday, will almost ensure a considerable leap for United in terms of their CL dreams.
Meanwhile, Watford were held to a 1-1 draw on the road the last game week, by Brighton. It was their fifth winless match in a row, and justified their stay in the relegation zone.
As of now, Watford are placed 19th in the table, and have secured a total of just 24 points from their 26 league match-ups.
Manchester United vs Watford Head-to-head (h2h)
- United had won five of the last six matches.
- 11 of the past 15 clashes saw Watford concede two or more goals.
- At this venue, in the past two decades, the Devils hold a 100% winning record.
- Watford have scored a total of one goal from their previous five visits to this stadium.
Manchester United vs Watford Prediction
As things stand, Manchester United are easily the favorites. They are considered to be one of the elites of English football, and have been so since time immemorial. They also have the home advantage this Sunday, and are chasing a spot in the CL.
On top of that, they have a high morale now due to their win against Chelsea the last match-day, and the draw against the in-form Wolves. Keep note that the Devils had kept clean sheets in both games.
On the other hand, Watford are a frontrunner to get relegated, and are on the road as well. They were also winless in 15 of their last 20 overall fixtures, and have a total of just two wins on the road this whole season. Also understand that the team has scored the second-least number of goals in the competition.
Going on, United had won five of the last six h2h meetings, and they had scored twice or more in 11 of the former 15 such encounters. Most importantly, at this venue, the hosts hold a 100% winning record in h2h battles, and the Manchester outfit have conceded a total of one goal in total since 1999 at home in such matches.
As such, count on the determined Manchester United to deliver a winning performance this Sunday. On the same note, expect their in-form defense to show up, and make the job even more harder for the Watford offense, who have always had a hard time at the Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Watford Betting Tips
Manchester United to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
To Keep a Clean Sheet in the First Half: Manchester United @ 1.40 (2/5).