Watford vs Southampton is a huge battle for the bottom of the Premier League table on Saturday (starting time 10am ET at Peacock Premium) while the Hornets and Saints battle it out on Vicarage Road.
Claudio Ranieri’s Watford flies to his big 5-2 win at Everton last week when a late barrage of goals (including a hat-trick from Josh King) led them to an unexpected win. Given the difficult games after this duel against the Saints, there is no doubt that Ranieri will call this a “must win” if they want to stay off the relegation table. After being hammered by Liverpool, the win at Everton was exactly what Ranieri needed to believe his tactic.
Southampton has eight points and is in 16th place, two on the standings Points and two places behind Watford. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side beat Leeds and drew Burnley in the last two games, and they were somewhat disappointed with the result in the latter. In the middle of the week, a vastly altered Southampton pushed Chelsea into the League Cup’s round of 16 when they put on a spirited performance but lost on penalties. Hasenhuttl’s boys are off to a good run in their next three games with Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich City. You have to keep going after a good start to the season that didn’t earn you a lot of points.
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Striker Emmanuel Dennis has been suspended after five yellow cards, while Peter Etebo and Christian Kabasele are injured. Danny Rose has a punch while Kiko Femenia and Francisco Sierralta struggle for fitness.
James Ward-Prowse is available after serving his three-game suspension after being sent off at Chelsea in early October became. The man of the moment is missing, however, Armando Broja, who sustained an ankle injury after scoring his second goal in as many PL starts. Jack Stephens is out with a knee injury, while Moi Elyounoussi should be fit again after hand surgery earlier this week.
Watford is the underdog at 210, while Southampton is slightly favorites at 130. The tie is 230.
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This is likely to be running short be, to name it, but I expect goals galore. Watford and Southampton are much better up front than defensive and that should make for an entertaining encounter as both teams consider this a game they should win. No one will be happy with a point, but I think they will get it. Watford 2-2 Southampton.