Aston Villa vs Watford betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Aston Villa vs Watford prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Third bottom takes on fourth bottom in a huge clash at Villa Park.

Watford continue to be resurgent under Nigel Pearson and will be looking to climb further away from danger here.

Aston Villa meanwhile are showing signs of life but, of course, wins are what they need.

Who will claim three massive points?

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Aston Villa vs Watford: Who will win?

Hosts Aston Villa are actually the underdogs to win this match at 7/4.

Watford are slight favourites to win at 7/5.

A draw is 5/2.

Under 2.5 goals is evens.

Both teams to score is 4/7.

Draw and both teams to score is 3/1.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish, as always, will be Aston Villa’s talisman. The captain is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 9/5 to score anytime.

Anwar El Ghazi could also be a threat. He is 11/2 to score first and 21/10 to net anytime.

Troy Deeney scored a brace in the reverse fixture. Deeney is 10/3 to open the scoring and 6/5 to score again.

Gerard Deulofeu is their joint-top league scorer. The Spaniard is 13/2 to score first and 23/10 to add to his tally.

Both El Ghazi and Grealish to score is 17/2.

Both Matt Targett and Marvelous Nakamba to score is 175/1.

Both Deulofeu and Deeney to score is 13/2.

Both Craig Dawson and Nathaniel Chalobah to score is 210/1.

Aston Villa vs Watford: Match preview

Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Crest detail of Aston Villa bench is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on October 3, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Aston Villa are still seeking some sort of momentum.

On Saturday, a late goal from Jack Grealish, from a magnificent pass by Douglas Luiz, saw them draw 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Despite that point, the Villans remain in the bottom three, just one point from safety.

This is largely because they’ve only won one of their previous nine but both of those have come this side of Christmas.

After this they take on Bournemouth, Tottenham and then Southampton as their massive run of fixtures continue.

Four of their six victories this season have come at home at Villa Park and they’re going to need their home stadium to become a fortress.

Will Dean Smith’s side claim a massive victory here?

Will Watford’s unbeaten run continue?

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Watford FC at Turf Moor on August 19, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

As for Watford, their unbeaten run under Nigel Pearson continues.

On Saturday, the Hornets drew 0-0 with Tottenham at home in a match they could have won as Troy Deeney missed a penalty in the second half.

Nevertheless, that means Watford have taken 14 points from their last six games, more than they managed in their previous 23 league matches.

That leaves them one point and one place above Villa in the table having been bottom just over a month ago.

The last time Watford went unbeaten in seven top-flight matches was in 1982/83.

Will this side achieve that with a draw or even a win here?

Aston Villa team news vs Watford

Aston Villa’s Wesley celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with Trézéguet and John McGinn during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Given their rather long injury list, particularly in certain areas, Dean Smith has limited options.

In goal, Pepe Reina made his debut at Brighton on Saturday after joining on loan from A.C. Milan.

He’ll keep his place after becoming the fourth goalkeeper to play for Villa this season after the injured Tom Heaton and Jed Steer, as well as Ørjan Nyland.

In defence, on the whole, they have improved with the back three of Kortney Hause, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings.

Björn Engels is injured.

At wing-back, Matt Targett is back from injury on the left so will keep his place at Neil Taylor’s expense.

On the other side, Frédéric Guilbert will once again be preferred to Ahmed Elmohamady.

In midfield is where they do have options.

From the weekend, Marvelous Nakamba will keep his place but Douglas Luiz is likely to displace Danny Drinkwater alongside the Zimbabwean international.

Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury are the other options; John McGinn is still two months away from returning.

Further forward, with no Wesley or Jonathan Kodjia, Villa do not have a striker still.

So, Trézéguet and Anwar El Ghazi will support Jack Grealish who’ll be looking to add to his nine goals and six assists already this season.

Jota and young American Indiana Vassilev are the other options for now.

UPDATE: On Monday, Aston Villa confirmed the signing of Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta. However, he is not available for this clash versus Watford.

Will this Aston Villa XI claim a massive win?

Watford team news vs Aston Villa

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Ismaïla Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford FC at Vitality Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

As for Watford, consistency of selection has been one of the important features of Nigel Pearson’s Watford.

So, despite this being a midweek fixture, they’re expected to name an unchanged side from the weekend draw with Tottenham.

No goalkeeper has kept more Premier League clean sheets than Ben Foster’s eight.

In the defence ahead of him, Adrian Mariappa will continue over at right-back with Craigs Cathcart and Dawson at centre-back.

Adam Masina will also continue on the left.

Christian Kabasele is back from suspension but will join Kiko Femenía and José Cholevas on the bench.

Pearson has also changed the makeup of the midfield.

Nathaniel Chalobah has come into midfield alongside Étienne Capoue with Abdoulaye Doucouré now playing further forward.

The front three has also been very settled.

Gerard Deulofeu will once again be supporting captain Troy Deeney.

UPDATE: But, on Monday, in his press conference, Nigel Pearson confirmed that Ismaila Sarr would miss this game through injury. Pearson was hopeful that Sarr would be available for Watford’s next Premier League game.

Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra, Domingos Quina, Andre Gray and Ignacio Pussetto are the other options.

The latter made a 93rd minute goal line clearance on his Watford debut on Saturday to preserve a draw.

Will this side continue their unbeaten run at Villa Park?

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Watford

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Watford

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Watford.

Predicted Watford line-up vs Aston Villa

(Ismaila Sarr is ruled out of this match. Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra and Domingos Quina are the most likely replacements.)

Predicted Watford line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Watford line-up vs Aston Villa.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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