Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Watford FC

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, November 6 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 9/2 – Watford 10/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield for one of five Premier League fixtures on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to maintain impressive starts to the season respectively.

The Reds are in fine form having suffered just one defeat in all competitions this season, which came way back in August in the second league game at Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp has firmly imprinted his philosophy on this Liverpool side now, with a high energy, intense, pressing style of play.

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With six wins out of their last seven league games, Liverpool will be confident of building on a great start to the campaign this weekend.

Watford arrive in Merseyside boasting a successful run of form themselves having lost just one of their last seven (W4, D2).

The Hornets edged past a resilient Hull side at Vicarage Road last weekend with a 1-0 win, keeping their third consecutive clean sheet in the process.

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Walter Mazzarri is doing a fine job and most Watford fans would’ve bitten your hand off if you’d said they would be seventh in the league with 15 points after ten games.

The previous meeting between these two sides saw Liverpool win 2-0 at Anfield in the penultimate game of last season.

Team News

Liverpool welcome James Milner back to the squad after he missed last weekend’s win at Crystal Palace with illness. There were also doubts over Emre Can and Giorgio Wijnaldum who felt unwell this week but should be fit for action. Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Watford could be without defender Sebastian Prodl who suffered a muscle injury last weekend, while Craig Cathcart (groin) and Isaac Success (muscle) are out. Stefano Okaka will have a late fitness test as he’s been struggling with a hamstring injury.

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Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

Watford’s last five: L/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: Watford have only ever won once at Anfield in 12 attempts in all competitions (D1, L0). That sole victory was a 1-0 Premier League success back in August 1999.

Key Player: Adam Lallana – The midfielder is establishing himself as a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp and has performed consistently. He may not boast an array of goals and assists but his efficiency in the engine room shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Watford – This could be a tight game and although the Reds don’t keep many clean sheets, home advantage combined with confidence of their recent form should be enough to see Liverpool edge it.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC Vs. Manchester United

Venue: Vicarage Road – Sunday, Septemer 18 – 12:00 BST (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 5/1 – Draw 3/1 – Manchester United 8/15

Match Preview

Watford welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road in the first game of an action packed round of Premier League fixtures this Sunday.

The Hornets picked up their first win of the season last weekend as they came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2.

Walter Mazzarri will be delighted with how his side responded in that tie, they could have easily let their heads drop and been on the receiving end of a thumping.

This is going to be a tough tie for Watford but they will be looking to exploit Manchester United’s defence, who have looked suspect at times this season.

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Manchester United come into this tie having lost in the Manchester Derby and Europa League in midweek, two results they would not have expected.

The response from United in the derby last weekend was positive. Despite not taking anything from the game they looked likely to be pushed back into an embarrassing defeat for large parts of the first half.

Jose Mourinho needs his side to bounce back with a convincing win here to avoid risking more criticism, United have been bemoaned for a lack of quality by many pundits and fans alike already this season.

United need their big-name players to step up and perform. They are giving opponents far too many opportunities in games at the moment, but it is going to take time for all their summer changes to fall into place.

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Team News

Brice Dja Djedje is Watford’s only injury concern ahead of this tie.

Manchester United have two doubts for this one as Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have knocks, while Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia will return to the squad after being left at home for their Europa League tie.

Key Points

Watford’s form: D/L/L/W  

Manchester United’s form: W/W/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last eight matches against Watford in all competitions.

Key Player: Marcus Rashford – The United starlet would have given the City defence more of a headache last weekend had he not been on the bench to begin with. He may not start in this one but he certainly has the class to make an impact in any game.

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Score Prediction 

Watford 1-3 Manchester United – Watford’s winless run against Manchester United to continue. They definitely have the players and ability to get at the United defence, but with the squad depth and world-class players at Mourinho’s disposal, they should be winning this game. If United lose this tie and results go against them, they could be as many as six points behind the leaders.