Premier League: Watford vs Manchester United preview


In-form Watford will be facing a real test on Tuesday as second-placed Manchester United come to pay them a visit at Vicarage Road. Last season Watford earned a prestigious 3-1 victory over the Red Devils in this fixture, but Jose Mourinho's men got revenge with a 2-0 success at Old Trafford. Overall, Manchester United have won five of the last six Premier League matches against Watford. Another interesting fact is that none of the last ten direct matches in all competitions ended with a draw.

Watford bounced out of the three-game losing streak in the Premier League with back-to-back victories, first they defeated West Ham 2-0 and last weekend they recorded a solid 3-0 victory at Newcastle United. They are currently eighth in the Premier League table, just seven points behind Manchester United and only four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Manager Marco Silva is still without injured Tommie Hoban, Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success, while Miguel Britos might also miss out after having picked up a knock at the weekend.

Manchester United had a tough home match against Brighton last weekend but they eventually squeezed through to a 1-0 victory thanks to an own-goal. They have two consecutive Premier League victories now, but they need to build a bigger string of triumphs if they want to catch leaders Manchester City, who are already eight points ahead. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are injury doubts for Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese manager might choose to make some changes in his starting eleven after a rather unconvincing performance last weekend.

Probable line-ups:

Watford: Gomes - Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl - Femenia, Hughes, Doucoure, Pereyra, Zeegelaar - Richarlison - Gray

Man United: De Gea - Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo - Darmian, Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba, Blind - Mkhitaryan - Lukaku

My prediction: 1-1 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Watford win - 5.75
Draw - 4.00
Man United win - 1.66

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    21/12/17

    Watford doing great this season and this was expected to be a tough game for United, but couple of moments of brilliance early from Ashley Young gave United the cutting edge in the match.
    This just shows what potential United squad has if the left fullback could score a coupe of goals like this, probably the manager is the only person who don't sees that as they play from deference quite more often than not.

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