Southampton v Watford – 101 Great Goals prediction: Southampton 1-0 Watford
Southampton and Watford head into Saturday’s game with an almost identical league record this season.
Watford have arguably had slightly tougher fixtures, having hosted Liverpool in their opening game.
With both defences looking sharp, goals could be at a premium.
Watford’s ever-growing injury list may just be the difference between the two sides on Saturday.
Southampton v Watford betting tips
Southampton are considered strong favourites to win this one. Rated at 3/5 by the bookies. Watford are 17/4 to win.
Draw at half-time, Southampton to win is 10/3 with Bet365.
Richarlison is 10/3 to score anytime, which looks like a great offer on the exciting Brazilian.
Southampton v Watford Premier League preview
Southampton host Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides find themselves on five points from their opening three matches, although Watford have a marginally better goal difference.
Each has kept two clean sheets in their opening two matches, and the similarities don’t stop there.
Southampton and Watford were each involved in 0-0 draws against newly-promoted sides prior to the international break. Watford hosted Brighton while Southampton were away at Huddersfield.
Things were slightly more exciting for Watford off the pitch. Marco Silva brought in three new faces on deadline day: Sporting CP defender Marvin Zeegelaar and Udinese duo Orestis Karnezis and Molla Wague.
Recent history favours Southampton
The two sides were involved in a 4-3 thriller last season at Vicarage Road. Earlier on in the campaign they drew 1-1 at Southampton.
The Saints are unbeaten against Saturday’s opponents in their last seven meetings, a run stretching back to the 2008/2009 Championship season.
Southampton team news v Watford: Van Dijk back in training
Virgil van Dijk comes back into contention after returning to full training. Van Dijk failed in getting the move he wanted in the summer window.
Wesley Hoedt, Southampton’s other Dutch centre-back, is also looking for his first start following his recent transfer from Lazio.
Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino named an unchanged eleven last time out and may be tempted to do so again on Saturday.
Watford team news v Southampton: Britos suspended
Miguel Britos is suspended after receiving a straight red for his outrageous challenge on Anthony Knockaert.
Craig Cathcart is likely to miss out too. The defender was forced to withdraw from Northern Ireland’s squad due to a knee injury picked up against Brighton.
Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul could all be available for selection after recovering from injury.
The FA have allowed Watford to amend their original Premier League squad in order to include Mauro Zarate. Saturday’s match will, however, come too soon for the Argentine, despite playing 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
Tommie Hoban is a long-term absentee.