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Watford vs. Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
28 February 2020
Saturday 29 February
Vicarage Road - Premier League
A march, stroll, or even a saunter; call it what you will, Liverpool are tearing the Premier League apart on their way to their first title in 30 years. The Reds have an excellent record against Watford, and there seems little chance of the Hornets upsetting Jurgen Klopp’s quest for an unbeaten season.
Liverpool have won seven of the last eight games between the teams, with an entertaining 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road in the other. The Reds have kept a clean sheet in each of the four meetings since that one, banging in 15 goals themselves. The aggregate score over those eight fixtures reads Liverpool 27, Watford 4.
Kiko Femenia is expected to return to action in this game, as he continues to make progress after a thigh injury. That would leave Daryl Janmaat as the only absentee for the home team, although the Dutchman is nearly ready to make his comeback from a knee injury.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is out with a hamstring problem, while James Milner also has a muscular issue and is doubtful this weekend. Xherdan Shaqiri continues his spell on the sidelines, with an update last week stating the Swiss international ‘is not close to team training’.
Watford vs. Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Watford last tasted victory against Liverpool back in December 2015, when the Hornets swatted the Reds aside with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road. The odds on that happening again are hugely implausible - 71.75, in fact - while even any sort of home win would be counted as an almighty shock.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their 27 Premier League fixtures so far this season, dropping points only once against Manchester United back in October. They may have gone behind to West Ham on Monday night, and even conceded two goals for the first time since beating Everton 5-2 in the Merseyside derby in early December, but Klopp’s side showed their resilience by coming back to pick up yet another win.
The Reds had been sensational at the back prior to that, keeping 10 clean sheets in 11 league matches before Monday night, and that defensive solidity has been the cornerstone of their success. Along with some dazzling attacking play, of course.
Watford had put together a remarkable run of their own around the turn of the year, going six unbeaten in the Premier League in the early days of Nigel Pearson’s reign. The Hornets won four times during that period, including against Manchester United and Wolves, while also picking up a point away to Sheffield United and at home to Tottenham.
Those good vibrations have faded away though, and Watford have stopped picking up points of late. The Hertfordshire outfit have lost three of their last four, drawing the other against relegation rivals Brighton. An away win seems like the only possible outcome here, and it’s priced at 1.42 in the betting. Watford are 7.25 with the draw available at 4.85.
Liverpool to win to nil at 2.40
The Reds have only conceded three goals in their last 12 Premier League fixtures, and with Watford lying second from bottom, the champions-elect are expected to collect another three points here.
Liverpool to win 2-0 at 8.00
Klopp’s side have won by either one or two goals in eight of their last nine league games, while this result would mirror the scoreline when the teams met at Anfield in December.