Watford vs Stoke City
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 28th October 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Vicarage Road (Watford).
Watford can be termed as the dark horses in this season’s Premier League. By winning points in 7 of their 9 matches so far, the Hornets are sitting at 6th in the table and the two defeats period came against teams that finished inside the top 3 last season – Manchester City and Chelsea last week.
Despite losing to Chelsea by a 4-2 margin, Watford had the match in their grip for major portion of the game. Also, they were leading 2-1 at one point. Their strength is the ability to create a lot of scoring chances, while the weakness is definitely the poor finishing.
Could have bagged another major scalp if they were a bit more sharp in front of goal against Chelsea as they were coming on the back of a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the previous. The win against the Gunners is their first home win of the season after having lost 1 and drawn 2 of the previous three.
Stoke City are struggling to hit form despite boasting a number of talented players in their ranks. The Potters are 17th in the standings and stay above relegation waters on goal difference. So far, the Potters won just 2 of their 9 matches, drawn 2 and lost 5. The pressure is on Mark Hughes to improve results or he will be the next Premier League manager in line to get the sack.
The Potters are coming on the back of consecutive defeats. They lost to Bournemouth 2-1 last week before the 7-2 humiliation at Old Trafford.
Watford vs Stoke City: Head-to-head
There has been only 4 Premier League meetings between the two sides that started with Watford’s promotion to the top flight on 2015. Watford won the first meeting at the Britannia 2-0, but Stoke won the next three.
Across all competitions at home, Watford managed just 1 win from their last 7 meetings with Stoke, drew 1 and lost 5.
The home side had won just 3 of the 14 head-to-head meetings between Stoke City and Watford. The away team won 9 time and the remaining 2 are draws.
Watford vs Stoke City: Prediction
Watford certainly have their noses up front and they are playing with a lot of freedom and passion. On the other hand, Mark Hughes is struggling to motivate his team after a series of defeats in a short span of time. Therefore, the three points are there for Watford to lose.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-0 Watford at 9.50 odd.
Watford vs Stoke City: Bet Tips
Watford to win @ 2.05
Abdoulaye Doucoure to score any-time and Watford to win for 7.00.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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