The only winless team in the league – Watford – is presented with a great opportunity this weekend to turn their fortunes around.
Changing the manager didn’t help. Despite racking up more than 30 shots on target against Arsenal in their last home league game, which was a positive sign, the Hornets suffered an 8:0 annihilation at the Etihad a week later. Last week they also lost to the only other team that didn’t have a victory at the time – Wolves.
If their performances do not improve drastically in the short term, Watford will struggle to escape the relegation zone before Christmas, and we all know what happens to such teams most of the time…
What better chance to take a breath of fresh air than a home game against newly-promoted Sheffield United?
The Blades are surprisingly performing a lot better away from home in terms of results, but a certain amount of luck could be attributed to that. For example, they beat Everton 0:2 with only one shot on goal (the other one being an own goal).
In away games, Sheffield are worst of the whole league in terms of total shots, efforts in the box and attempts on target.
Another interesting trend is the attitude of the Sheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder. He leaves the impression of a man who doesn’t praise his team when they deserve it but takes every opportunity to criticize them when things go wrong. The latest example of this behavior was apparent after the Liverpool game last week. Most managers would have encouraged a young goalkeeper who had been in fault for the loss. However, Wilder’s comments were deemed as harsh.
It’s not uncommon in such situations the players or teams towards which such comments are directed to suffer a decrease in their levels of motivation.
This game smells like one in which two trends will be broken. I wouldn’t classify a Watford victory as a value bet based on the odds on offer. However, those who fancy a flutter on that game are advised to pick the home team. You can bet on Watford on odds of 2.22* at 1xBet with a mid-sized stake.
*Please note that odds vary. The odds mentioned here are correct at the time of writing.