Watford vs Middlesbrough
Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Kick-Off at 19.45 UK
Venue: Vicarage Road, Watford.
The new football season in England is finally here! The Championship campaign is starting on Friday night at Vicarage Road where wounded Watford FC welcomes Middlesbrough.
The Hornets got relegated from the Premier League in late July, but judging by the outright odds, they have solid chances to make an express comeback.
Middlesbrough have been stuck in tier two league for years now, so it is extremely hard to predict their ambitions this early.
The pre-season period has been flawless for them though, but not enough to avoid the role of underdog against Watford.
Head-to-head stats and Previous Meetings
These two opponents have met 22 times in the past; Watford have 9-6 lead in terms of victories. The most recent one was played at Vicarage Road as well, ending in a boring goalless draw. Both were members of the Premier League back then.
Five out of the last six head to head matches have ended Under 2.5 FT, so consider this option for the goals prediction.
Middlesbrough were defeated in more than 50% games against Watford when playing on the road.
Watford vs Middlesbrough Prediction
There were some changes within Watford FC after getting relegated from the EPL. First of all, Serbian expert Vladimir Ivic is appointed as new head manager.
When it comes to departures, all key players like Ismaila Sarr, Troy Deeney, and Etienne Capoue are staying at Vicarage, which surely increases team’s chances for promotion.
In terms of the odds, Watford are favorites against Middlesbrough, priced at 1.92 for the win.
During the pre-season period Hornets faced Gillingham (lost 1-3), Scunthorpe (won 1-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (won 2-1, surprisingly).
This squad definitely has the potential and we will back them to start the new campaign with a win, despite Middlesbrough’s good results in friendly matches.
Boro ended the previous season in poor 17th place with awful offensive stats (scored only 48 goals in 46 games). They also lost ten out of twenty-three games played on the road.
Watford to win the game @ 1.92
Troy Deeney to score anytime @ 2.25.