Watford vs Aston Villa
English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2019, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 Central European Time
Venue: Vicarage Road.
It is a relegation six pointer when Watford welcome Aston Villa to the Vicarage Road this weekend.
Both teams left Boxing day on positive notes, Villa the happier side after a 1-0 win over fellow relegation candidate Norwich City. Meantime, Watford had to fight it hard and their discipline was put to test in the 1-1 stalemate with inform Sheffield United.
However, we have seen similar characteristics in those games, with goal keepers from either side emerging as the top performer of the match. Evidently, these two teams give away a lot of scoring chances, while creating very few chances.
The Villans are 18th in the table 18 points and could lift them out of the danger zone with a win here, meanwhile Watford are a place above rock bottom, need another 7 points to move into safe zone.
Both managers will be hoping on a win since this is a game that could influence the league standings at the end of the season.
Watford vs Aston Villa Head-to-head Stats (h2h)
Watford won both home and away in their last Premier League duel with Villa back in 2015/16 season with an identical 3-2 full-time scoreline.
Villa were unbeaten in the previous four Premier League clashes, 3 wins and 1 draw.
Watford vs Aston Villa Prediction
Both teams are in similar kind of form, yet Watford is slightly better with home advantage on their side and positives from the 2-0 win against Manchester United in their most recent home game. Certainly, they have some game changers in their ranks, the sad part is things haven’t worked as expected this season.
We may bank on a change in tactics from Nigel Pearson this Saturday and he will not set up a team to sit back and defend as we saw in the stalemate versus Sheffield United. It will be worth to note that the Villans do not have the physicality of high work rate in pressing teams out of their half like the team from Sheffield.
On top of this, Villa have one of the worst away record in the league and they concede goals in pairs. Their lone win on the road this season is against Norwich back in October; they drew 1 and lost 7 of the remaining 8.
To sum up, this will be a cat and mouse game, and we expect Watford to bag all three points, let it be by a solitary goal.
Watford vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
FT – Watford to win @ Evens (2.00)
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.10 (11/10).