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Each of Watford’s first four games have seen them score at least two goals, and this contest seems likely to be a fascinating battle. We’d back both teams to score, not least because BetVictor’s 31/40 odds on that eventuality seem to be pretty good value. Perhaps the Watford vs Manchester United best odds of the day are on show at Betway, who have 5/2 on the draw. Watford may struggle to extend the winning streak, but they’ve earned the right for this not to be seen as a gimme for their opponent. For a first scorer bet, have a look at the home side’s Andre Gray (17/2, LeoVegas). His pairing with Troy Deeney has been working well, and when he gets in the mood he’s a threat against any defence.
Watford vs Manchester United Betting Tips: Form Guide
Hornets Sting The Experts
No-one expected Watford to win their first three games, even knowing that they were against Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace. Had you gone one further and said that as well as beating those sides, they’d follow up with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham, you’d have been shouted down with a level of derision that can’t be imagined. Nonetheless, the unassuming Gracia has masterminded a start to the season that has seen his side beat both the teams that have already inflicted defeats on today’s opposition, among others. Even if United win today, they’ll still sit three points behind the insurgent Hornets in the table at close of play.
How has it happened? Well, we knew Watford had a decent enough squad – they started last season well before the unpleasantness with Marco Silva and Everton – and even in the aftermath of losing winger Richarlison (now reunited with his former manager on Merseyside) they’ve remained positive. Roberto Pereyra grabbed both goals as they condemned Brighton to an opening day defeat, before Gray set the ball rolling against his former employers Burnley; Deeney and Will Hughes (Richarlison’s nominal replacement) grabbing the other goals in a 3-1 away win.
Part of the most intriguing story of the opening month of Premiership football has been the magic left boot of full-back Jose Holebas. The Greek international has picked up four assists, including two from set-pieces in the 2-1 win over Tottenham. Given how easily Spurs picked apart Mourinho’s side at Old Trafford, perhaps the Watford vs Manchester United betting tips for today should be looking at Holebas, Deeney and friends to deliver another “surprise” win?
United Look Like A Mid-Table Side
Four minutes into the opening-night win over Leicester City, Manchester United were making the pre-season discontent that had dogged them for weeks look like a thing of the past. A kinetic, productive attacking display and a penalty – converted by Paul Pogba – had United ahead and looking like they could add to that lead at will. If they could have those moments back now, maybe they’d keep doing what had been working instead of retreating to the bland morass that they’ve become since then. Leicester came back at their opponents that night, and with a bit more luck in front of goal would have done better than the 2-1 defeat the Red Devils eventually inflicted.
Next up for United was a visit to Brighton, which ended in a 3-2 defeat by a team that scored at a rate of fewer than one goal a game last season. First-half goals for Murray, Duffy and Gross, with a single Lukaku finish in response, meant that when Pogba put away a penalty in the fifth minute of time added on it was a mere consolation. Not the best preparation, then, for a home game against Spurs, the first Champions League team that United would face this season. Although the hosts played well in the first half, they rarely threatened to score. In the second half, Spurs not only threatened, but scored three times without reply against a United side that went to pieces.
The recent 2-0 win at Burnley was, at least, progress. A first clean sheet of the season, and two more goals for Lukaku, saw Mourinho celebrate his side’s first convincing win of the season, despite a penalty miss from Pogba (and that after all the practice he’s had this season) as well as a red card for Marcus Rashford. The young England international will miss this game, but as most Watford vs Manchester United match previews will note, he was unlikely to start, due to being behind Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard in the pecking order.
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The Last Five Games
Watford VS. Manchester United
- Watford Form5 wins in the last 5 matches
- Watford Goals11 goals in the last 5 matches
- Manchester United Form2 wins and 3 losses in the last 5 matches
- Manchester United Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
Watford vs Manchester United Preview: Recent Meetings
This encounter takes place two years almost to the day since Watford last beat Manchester United – a 3-1 victory for the Hornets against a side that contained Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (both now plying their trade in the MLS). Since then, Mourinho has generally had the key to beating this opponent, including wins in both meetings last season.
In the meeting at Vicarage Road, former Watford player Ashley Young scored twice in the first 25 minutes, with Anthony Martial adding a third on 32. Although Deeney and Abdoulaye Doucoure would pull two back for the hosts late in the second half, Lingard sealed the three points with an 86th-minute goal.
At Old Trafford, on the final day of the season, a United side that had sealed second place beat an already-safe Hornets by the game’s only goal – which was scored by Rashford on 34 minutes.
Watford vs Manchester United Prediction: Intriguing Score Draw
It’s tempting to outright back Watford for this one – certainly, United’s vulnerability from set-pieces means that Holebas will feel his left foot itching should the visitors concede any cheap free-kicks in their defensive third, or when Watford get a corner. Just because something is tempting doesn’t mean you should do it, but if United start this game looking as jittery as they have for much of this season, it could be a good in-play investment. We should also remember, though, that Mourinho’s side are capable of pulling out a result when their back is against the wall. Right now, knowing that another defeat would mean they’ve lost nine points from the first fifteen, they are a cornered animal.
Having said that, these sides have faced mostly the same teams so far this season (they’ve both met Spurs, Brighton and Burnley), and Gracia’s numbers look a lot better than Mourinho’s right now. Watford have earned the right to be taken seriously by any opposition they face, and that certainly includes a United side that really can’t look at any opposition as a guaranteed three points as things stand. Our Watford vs Manchester United prediction is a draw – with a few twists and turns, because that’s how this season has been – and although Watford may lose that 100% record, thirteen points from the first five games would be a pretty solid return.
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