Southampton vs Watford betting tips: Premier League match preview and predictions

Southampton vs Watford prediction: Southampton 1-0 Watford

The Premier League’s bottom two clash on the South Coast.

Both have really struggled for wins this season and that is reflected in the table.

Thus, this has the feeling of a must win game for both clubs.

Who will take a giant step towards safety with a win?

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Southampton vs Watford: Who will win?

Hosts Southampton are the favourites to win this one at 21/20.

Watford meanwhile are 5/2 to leave Hampshire with a win.

A draw, which is not good for anybody, is 12/5.

Under 2.5 goals is 5/6.

Both teams to score no is 11/10.

Southampton to win and both teams to score no is 5/2.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19:Will Hughes of Watford celebrates scoring his team’s third 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 Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Danny Ings is Southampton’s top scorer this season with nine goals. He is 3/1 to open the scoring and 6/5 to add to his tally.

James Ward-Prowse has also been amongst the goals lately. He is 13/2 to score first and 13/5 to score a, potentially, pivotal goal.

Captain Troy Deeney could be back for the away side. He is 11/2 to break the deadlock and 9/4 to score his first of the season.

In his absence, Gerard Deulofeu is the Hornets’ top scorer. The Spaniard is 6/1 to score first and 12/5 to score anytime.

Both Ward-Prowse and Ings to score is 15/2.

Both Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond to score is 30/1.

Both Deulofeu and Deeney to score is 11/1.

Both José Cholevas and Abdoulaye Doucoure to score is 60/1.

Southampton vs Watford: Match preview

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: The Southampton badge is seen prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Such a missed opportunity for Southampton.

They travelled to Arsenal last Saturday and, despite leaving with a point, also left bitterly disappointed.

They led early on after Danny Ings took advantaged of some slack defending to open the scoring after just ten minutes.

Arsenal did equalise shortly after but the Saints regained the lead mid-way through the second half.

James Ward-Prowse initially saw his penalty saved but was able to calmly tap home the rebound.

They then had numerous chances to kill off the game; Cédric, Moussa Djenepo twice and Nathan Redmond all should have put the game to bed.

This came back to bite them as Arsenal scored a scruffy and thoroughly undeserved equaliser in the 96th minute.

2-2 it finished; two points dropped by Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men.

That now means they are winless in eight Premier League matches, amassing just two points in that time.

That leaves them second bottom on nine points, eight of which have been won away from home.

Winning games at St Mary’s is a long standing problem.

In fact, they have won only ten of their last 52 Premier League home matches.

A shocking record.

This has got to change and soon or they will be going down.

For the first time in any competition this season, will Southampton’s home fans have a victory to celebrate?

Can Watford get another away win?

WATFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: José Cholevas of Watford FC in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and AFC Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on October 6, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

As for Watford, they travel south as the only side below their hosts.

In their last away match before the international break, goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray saw them beat fellow strugglers Norwich 2-0.

Quique Sánchez Flores would have been hoping his side could build on their first win of the season but did anything but last weekend.

Seven days ago, the Hornets conceded three second half goals as they were easily beaten by Burnley at Vicarage Road.

That means they have just eight points after 13 matches.

Despite the fact he only took over on 7 September, Sánchez Flores could be edging towards losing his job at Watford for the second time.

In their next five they face Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United and Sheffield United.

Thus, it is vital they not only get something from this game but that they win it.

Can Watford make it back to back Premier League away wins for the first time since September 2017?

Southampton team news vs Watford

James Ward-Prowse

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Crystal Palace at St Mary’s Stadium on January 30, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

After a very positive performance last weekend, Ralph Hasenhüttl isn’t likely to make to many changes and will stick with his preferred 4-2-2-2 formation.

Since the 9-0 defeat to Leicester City, Angus Gunn has not featured with Alex McCarthy taking his place in goal.

Ahead of him, Jannik Vestergaard is likely to come back in at centre-back, displacing Jack Stephens alongside Jan Bednarek .

Ryan Bertrand will keep his place at left-back with Cédric Soares once again preferred to Yan Valery on the other side.

In midfield, James Ward-Prowse and captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg are likely to be the more defensive duo.

Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong could continue in the more advanced roles.

This would see Oriol Romeu and Sofiane Boufal left out.

Up front, Moussa Djenepo’s bright performance off the bench in North London should see him come in at the expense of Michael Obafemi.

There’s no doubt who will be the other centre-forward though.

Danny Ings has scored six of Southampton’s 12 goals this season.

That’s the joint-highest % for a single player in relation to their club’s total goals.

Can this Saints side beat the only club currently below them in the table?

Watford team news vs Southampton

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, despite the poor results, Quique Sánchez Flores will continue with the 3-5-2 formation he’s deployed in every game since returning to the club.

Ben Foster will continue in goal.

He has conceded 26 goals already in the Premier League this season, the most of any goalkeeper.

The defence in front of him will also be hoping that number does not increase here.

In that back three, Christian Kabasele will return after serving his one-match ban against Burnley.

He’ll join Craig Cathcart and Craig Dawson in defence; Adrian Mariappa will be the one to make way.

Daryl Janmaat and José Cholevas will continue at wing-back ahead of Dimitri Foulquier and Adam Masina respectively.

In midfield, once again Will Hughes will join Abdoulaye Doucouré and Étienne Capoue.

Domingos Quina and Tom Cleverley are injured.

Up-front, Troy Deeney played for 34 minutes against Burnley.

He’s likely to be given his first start since August alongside top-scorer Gerard Deulofeu.

Roberto Pereyra and Danny Welbeck are injured but Andre Gray and club-record signing Ismaïla Sarr will be on the bench.

Will Watford’s away supports be celebrating an increasingly rare success?

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Watford

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Watford

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Watford.

Predicted Watford line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Watford line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Watford line-up vs Southampton.

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

Premier League table:

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Liverpool FC16151040142646
2Leicester City16122239102938
3Manchester City16102444192532
4Chelsea FC169253124729
5Manchester United166642519624
6Wolverhampton Wanderers165922319424
7Tottenham Hotspur166553023723
8Sheffield United165741916322
9Arsenal FC165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle United166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove Albion165472024-419
13Burnley FC165382129-818
14Everton FC165291928-917
15AFC Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham United164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton FC164391835-1715
19Norwich City1632111734-1711
20Watford FC16169930-219
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