Manchester United vs Watford Premier League Predictions

Premier League Man Utd vs Watford
Manchester United vs Watford Premier League

The match is over.
Score: 2-1.

Two straight defeats has dampened the good feeling at Manchester United and the visit of Watford is a chance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get back on track.

Predictions

The run of 11 games without defeat felt like a long time ago when the final whistle sounded of Manchester United’s last game before the international break, and they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolves. That was a second consecutive defeat, United also having lost to Arsenal, and the doubts over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term tenure were increasing.

In that respect, the international break probably came at a good time for United. It gave most of the players the chance to get away and take their mind off club matters, and Solskjaer the chance to reassess and plan for the rest of the campaign.

Watford, meanwhile, are a mixed bag – their last five fixtures have alternated wins and losses, including a victory in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace. Indeed, the form of Javi Gracia’s side matches their league position, roughly, inconsistent results for a mid-table side. United and Watford are separated by 15 points, but Watford have lost almost as many games as they’ve won, and conceded more than they have scored.

If the Hornets can return to the form of a few months ago, when they went six games without defeat between the end of December and the end of January, then they could force themselves into the Europa League qualification fight. They also won went three games unbeaten in February before their win-lose-win run began with a 5-1 trouncing of Cardiff in Wales, that was followed by a 5-0 hammering by Liverpool at Anfield.

So it’s impossible to really predict which Watford will turn up at Old Trafford. The strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu could cause problems for United’s back line, but Watford’s own rearguard was picked apart by Liverpool and United aren’t short of quality in attack either.

That probably points to goals, although how many United plunder depends in part on Solskjaer’s charges returning unscathed from international duty. But a 3-1 home win shouldn’t be out of the question.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

United are favoured to win with all relevant bookies, so adding in a both teams to score aspect is probably the best way to generate value. Four of the Red Devils’ last five games have seen both teams score, and they won three of them, suggesting a trend is emerging. 888Sport price United and BTTS at 2/1.

Paul Pogba has been a player reborn under Solskjaer and if United are to put their pre-international break blip behind them, the France international will be crucial. He’s scored nine times since the Norwegian took over – but none in his last five club games. 888Sport price Pogba at 7/5 to put that right.

Statistics

Head to Head

United won 2-1 at Vicarage Road back in September, with Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling on target before Andre Gray pulled a goal back.

Watford last beat United in 2016, through Etienne Capoue, Camilo Zuniga and Troy Deeney, with Marcus Rashford netting for the Manchester side.

But Watford have only ever beaten United three times, and never away from home.

Stats

  • There hasn’t been a goalless draw between United and Watford since 1984.
  • Watford defender Craig Cathcart and midfielder Tom Cleverley both started their careers at United, the former failing to make a senior appearance for the club, while the latter racked up 79 games, scoring five goals and getting a Premier League winner’s medal in 2012-13.
  • United utility man Ashley Young is a graduate of the Watford youth set-up, making his first team debut at 18 and playing more than 100 times for the club before moving to Aston Villa.
  • Watford are one of three teams in the top half with a negative goal difference, along with West Ham and Leicester, while Everton, in 11th, are the only bottom half team with a positive goal difference.
By:James Cooke

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

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