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Liverpool vs. Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
12 December 2019
Saturday 14 December
Anfield – Premier League
Liverpool look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when the top meets bottom at Anfield this weekend. Jürgen Klopp’s men are expected to make an easy meal out of the Hornets at home on Merseyside.
Liverpool have only lost four times against Watford in their 26 last meetings and the only win for the Hornets at Anfield came in 1999, when the away side picked up a 1-0 win. Liverpool have won the other 12 matches played on Merseyside between the two sides and have won the three last meetings between the two sides. During those three matches, the Reds have kept three clean sheets and scored 13 goals – giving no confidence to rock bottom Watford ahead of this weekend’s fixture.
Fabinho, Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip are the only three still out for Liverpool, but Adam Lallana stayed at home when the Reds travelled to Austria for a meeting with RB Salzburg in the Champions League. He was back in training on Thursday and should be available for Klopp, who could rest some of his start. Georginio Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren were doubtful against Salzburg and could be rested against Watford.
A long list of injuries has haltered Watford this season and they are struggling to cope with the tough fixture list in the top division. Long-term absentees like Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Jose Holebas, Sebastian Prodl and Craig Dawson are still missing for The Hornets at Anfield.
Liverpool vs. Watford Preview and Predictions
Anfield has become quite the fort, as Liverpool are still to lose at home in 33 games and may be backed at 1.19 to win yet again when Watford come to town. Klopp’s men are superior in the League this season and have created a gap of eight points down to Leicester on second. Even more remarkable is the gap of 14 points down to Manchester City, when Liverpool seem like they are heading for their first league title in 30 years.
Watford, on the other hand, impressed quite a lot last season, but have been struggling to build on that form. They have already sacked two coaches this season and are looking to find the right solution for their troubles. A win away to the European champions might be something that could push them onwards and may be backed at 14.00, whilst they are 7.50 to hold the league leaders for a draw.
After picking up 9 points from 16 games, they are currently six points away from Aston Villa on safe ground. The season has been halted by a long injury list and Troy Deeney has been out for large periods of the initial months. Their captain has returned and should be a big boost for the away side, but against a convincing Liverpool, it may not be enough.
The last three matches, when Watford were even on great form of their own, proved the big gap between the two sides and Liverpool will try to continue their impressive record against the Hornets. The home side are still scoring a lot of goals but have been struggling to keep a clean sheet lately.
Alisson Becker is back in goal for the home side, after he got injured in the first weeks of the season, but even with the Brazilian back between the sticks, it hasn’t helped them keep the opposition out.
Total amount of goals Over 3.5 at 2.90
It’s not a big payback for a great amount of goals, but Liverpool should be able to run this game and will probably score three or more again. Considering that they can’t seem to keep the opposition out at their own end either, it could help the result become higher.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2.45
Watford haven’t scored against Liverpool in their last three fixtures, but in the one before, they bagged three. They will need to be fired up for this fixture and will have to grab their opportunities to fight with all they’ve got against the leaders. Again, the poor stats at the back for Liverpool might help them start off on the right foot, but eventually it should be another home win for the Reds.