Premier League Preview and Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Middlesbrough vs. Watford

Venue: Riverside Stadium – Sunday, October 16 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Middlesbrough 6/5 – Draw 11/5 – Watford 12/5

Match Preview

Middlesbrough welcome Watford to the Riverside on Sunday afternoon in a tie between two sides who will be desperate to pick up three points.

Boro are sitting in 16th, just two points above the bottom three. Although it is still early into the Premier League season, they will need to start picking up points consistently to put some distance between themselves and the relegation places.

The North-East club have had an inconsistent return to the league, they’ve won just once and have only picked up two points from their last five games.

Aitor Karanka’s side come into this one having drawn away at West Ham, a win in this one would do their confidence the world of good as normal service resumes after the international break.

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Watford have had a solid start to the season. However, their back-to-back wins against West Ham and United will soon quickly seem a long time ago if their winless run extends to three here.

Walter Mazzari’s side come into this one having drawn 2-2 with Bournemouth. A win here is a possible result and would take them to 11 points from eight games.

Watford could make their way into the top ten with a win and they have a great record against Boro coming into the tie as they’re undefeated in five.

The Hornets have been involved in some high scoring games of late, their last five games have produced 18 goals.

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Team News

Middlesbrough have three injury concerns heading into this one as Grant Leadbitter, James Husband and Fabio are all expected to miss out.

Watford could be without as many as six ahead of this one as Jerome Sinclair, Stefano Okaka and Daryl Janmaat are all expected to be out, while Craig Cathcart, Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami are all doubts.

Key Points

Middlesbrough’s last five: D/L/L/L/D

Watford’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Watford are unbeaten in their last five games against Middlesbrough in all competitions.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Watford forward has netted three times this season. He will be looking to add to his tally this weekend and get on a strong run of form.

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Score Prediction

Middlesbrough 1-2 Watford – Another high-scoring game for Watford where they take all three points away from home. Middlesbrough will cause most of their opponents problems at home this season but as Watford have already proved in their opening seven games, they’re capable of winning on the road.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC Vs. Leicester City FC

Venue: Vicarage Road – Saturday, March 5 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 2/1 – Draw 23/10 – Leicester City 7/5

Match Preview

Watford host Premier League leaders Leicester City on Saturday evening, in a crucial fixture for the visitors at the top of the table.

Leicester could be behind Tottenham by the time this one kicks off, so the Foxes will be looking for all three points in what looks a tough game.

Watford have struggled in recent weeks, having picked up just one league win in their last five, and have fallen out of the top half as a result. But they are a tough side to break down and are only three points from getting back into the top ten, which is testament to how solid they’ve been this season.

Quique Sanchez Flores’s side come into this one off the back of the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday night. They were unlucky to lose that match late on but home comforts will increase their chances of success this time around.

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Striking duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have mustered up just one goal at home since the turn of the year. So they need to find their feet if Watford are to recapture their form during the final stretch of the campaign.

Leicester City played out a 2-2 draw with West Brom on Tuesday night, which at the time didn’t seem great, but results on Wednesday suggest the point was certainly a valuable one, as their title rivals failed to deliver. Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost and so the Foxes remain at the top of the table heading into the weekend.

Leicester are able to solely focus on the league as they are out of the FA Cup and have no European commitments. They have five more games to play away from home, with tricky trips to Chelsea and Manchester United still to come.

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They do, however, have the best away record in the top flight and will hope to keep that intact with three points on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy is still the league’s top scorer and would love to find the net against Watford again just as in did in the corresponding fixture, which saw the Foxes win 2-1 at the King Power Stadium in November.

Team News

Watford look set to be without Jose Manuel Jurado, Joel Ekstrand and Tommy Hoban as all three are injured. Nathan Ake will hope to return at left-back after missing the defeat at United on Wednesday.

Leicester City will continue to be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante, who suffered a hamstring injury against Arsenal three weeks ago. Andy King is expected to deputise as he did against West Brom. Matty James is also out. Shinji Okazaki will hope to start ahead of Leonardo Ulloa once more.

Key Points

Watford’s last five:  D/L/W/D/L

Leicester City’s last five: W/W/L/W/D

Key Stat: Watford have only lost at home to Leicester once in seven games at Vicarage Road.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Hornets captain will be out to inflict damage on a title-chasing Leicester side here. He scored the vital goal in the incredible 2013 playoff semifinal clash between the two and would love to be the man to hurt the Foxes again. Deeney could even get himself into the England national team picture with Wayne Rooney injured.

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Score Prediction 

Watford 1-1 Leicester City – This will be a tough game for title-chasing Leicester as Watford are a tough nut to crack and often shut out opponents very well. The Foxes might need a moment of magic to seal three points but it’s too tight to call, so a score draw is the most likely result.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Watford vs. Crystal Palace

Venue: Vicarage Road – Sunday, September 27 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Watford 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Crystal Palace 19/10

Match Preview

Watford host Crystal Palace in Sunday’s only Premier League clash this weekend with both sides looking to continue solid starts to the new season.

Watford have surprised many with the start they have made. They look well organised and play free-flowing football. Back-to-back wins against Swansea and Newcastle set them up well for this one and Quique Flores will be confident his side can remain in the top half of the table come the end of the weekend.

The Hornets have not conceded a league goal at home this season and have only lost to Manchester City – something few will feel reflects badly on the promoted side.

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Crystal Palace will have to be at their very best to seal three points on the road this week and will look to end a two-game losing streak in the process.

1-0 losses to Manchester City and Tottenham have slowed Palace’s strong start but they will still expect to win games like this and will see it as a great opportunity to get back on track.

They beat London rivals Charlton 4-1 on Wednesday night in the League Cup and will look to find the net as frequently in this one.

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This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the Championship playoff final in 2013. Palace won that game 1-0 to secure their promotion and so this should be quite a contest.

Team News

Watford are likely to keep the same side that beat Newcastle last weekend. Valon Behrami is suspended once more, while Lloyd Doyley and Joel Ekstrand remain sidelined through injury.

Crystal Palace have several injury concerns going into this one. Kwesi Appiah and Joel Ward are out, while Marouane Chamakh, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Connor Wickham and Mile Jedinak are doubts.

Key Points

Watford’s last five: D/D/L/W/W

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: Watford have not conceded a goal at home in the Premier League this season.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Watford striker may not have scored this season yet, but he has three assists and caused the Newcastle defence plenty of problems last weekend. Expect him to be a threat throughout.

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Score Prediction

Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace – Difficult to see either side winning this one and it should be a tight contest. Both sides will expect to find the net but we have this down as a draw.