England Premier League
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Kick off at 7.45pm BST
Venue: Vicarage Road
It’s extremely close for a 7th place finish and Watford put their marker down by beating Huddersfield 2-1 this past weekend to join Everton on 49 points.
Four clubs are after the spot and just 1 point separates them as the Premier League proves once again to be the most exciting league in Europe for places still to be decided.
The Hornets seemed to have lost their way the other week when they lost to Arsenal and saw Troy Deeney sent off so this win even if it was against the bottom club was still important and they showed they still have some goals in them. It is obvious how important Gerard Deulofeu is to the club and he grabbed both goals for them at the weekend.
Even though Javi Garcia’s team lost their last home game to The Gunners they have been strong here and had gone on a 4 game unbeaten run beforehand. Plus they have won 50% of their games at home, not a brilliant record but they remain a difficult side to beat when on their game.
Southampton lost at Newcastle in a match which ended 3-1 and The Saints were never really in the game. They come into this game with 36 points, five clear of Cardiff, and they should be safe. But at the same time the club and fans will not rest easy knowing the cut off point for survival is in theory 40 points at the time of speaking.
Form has still been decent for the club with 3 wins from their past five which is no mean feat for a team down in 16th place. Still another away game seems harsh at a time for the team who have lost 3 of their last 4 on the road. With 31 goals shipped, only Fulham, Huddersfield and Bournemouth have conceded more away from home.
Watford: Troy Deeney is suspended after his red card earlier this month. Jose Holebas is set to miss this match after a delayed return from his hamstring injury. Roberto Pereyra will be assessed after his knock
Southampton: Charlie Austin has had a shoulder injury but he is being tipped to make this team selection for the game. Alex McCarthy will be assessed but should be fine after his minor muscle injury. Matt Targett could be back after his muscle problem but that has not been confirmed as yet. Jannik Vestergaard also has a muscle problem and will be assessed
Watford vs Southampton Head to Head:
Earlier this season the teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Last season this fixture ended 2-2.
Watford have failed to beat Southampton when at home in the last 5 meetings going back to 2007.
There is a 60% chance of seeing under 2.5 goals.
Watford vs Southampton Prediction:
Watford have been the better team this season but Southampton usually do very well in this fixture and yet of course it will be Watford that start as favourites to win this game. The Saints are decent odds if we back them on the handicap with a goal start to win this game and they do have an obvious hold over The Hornets.
This isn’t just history speaking and Southampton remain a much better team than their position in the league claims. They can get something from this game and the handicap means our main choice is covered. We also want to look into a different market which is who will receive a card? Southampton’s Pierre Emile Hojbjerg has received a couple of yellows in the last few meetings with Watford and this could turn into a physical match, he is a great price to get booked.
Watford vs Southampton Betting Tips:
Southampton to beat Watford with a +1 goal start at 1.70
To receive a card - Pierre Emile Hojbjerg at 3.00