Southampton vs Watford
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 9th September 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Teams keen to hold on to their unbeaten start to the season when they lock horns on match-day 4 of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
Both Southampton and Watford picked up a win and 2 draws from their opening three matches of the season. And they are coming on the back of goal-less draws against newly promoted sides. Watford were held at home by Brighton, whereas Southampton failed to break the shackles at Huddersfield.
Despite the similarities in results, Watford looked more solid in the opening weeks. They gained huge confidence by holding Liverpool to a 3-3 stalemate on matchday 1. The momentum helped them to registering a crucial 2-0 away win at Bournemouth. They could have done better against Brighton, but an early red card to Miguel Britos forced Marco Silva to shift towards a more defensive approach.
Southampton have now failed to score in two of their three Premier League games. They started off with a goal-less stalemate against Swansea, a match in which they failed to test the opposition goal-keeper. They took the attack to West Ham on matchday 2, but almost paid the price and needed a last minute penalty goal to come out with 3-2 win. Against a team like Huddersfield, we once again saw the team’s inability in creating chances.
Southampton vs Watford: Head-to-head
Southampton are unbeaten in the last 7 league matches against Watford, 4 wins and 3 draws. The most recent four are in Premier League in which they bagged 2 wins and 2 draws.
Last season, the corresponding fixture at St. Mary’s finished in a 1-1 stalemate. Whereas, the Saints won 4-3 in the reverse leg at the Vicarage Road.
Also, the Saints are unbeaten in their last three home matches against Watford in all competitions, 2 wins and 1 draw. But they did lose three on the bounce prior to that.
Southampton vs Watford: Prediction
It is fair to say that Watford are a side in confidence, while Southampton are yet to find the rhythm under the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Therefore, we find value in backing the Hornets to avoid a defeat here.
Having drawn blanked in two of the three matches, Pellegrino could take the attack to the Hornets. However, this could back-fire as their defense doesn’t look convincing to hold off quality attacking units.
Southampton vs Watford: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Watford at 2.38 at Bet365.
Both Teams to Score for 2.00 odds with William Hill.