Tranmere vs Watford betting tips: FA Cup Third Round Replay match preview & predictions

Tranmere vs Watford prediction: Tranmere 2-1 Watford

After a simply astonishing first meeting at Vicarage Road, these two must go again in a replay.

The prospect of this was completely unthinkable at half time of the original tie.

Watford raced into a 3-0 lead, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Nathaniel Chalobah and Roberto Pereyra with the goals, and it really could have been five or six.

But, Tranmere certainly did not lie down.

Connor Jennings got them back in it before Manny Monthé gave them real hope with 12 minutes remaining.

Then, with just four minutes to play, Mason Barrett challenged Corey Blackett-Taylor.

Corner given but, after a VAR review, Graham Scott said penalty to Tranmere.

Paul Mullin stepped up and emphatically smashed in a famous equaliser.

So, somehow, 3-3 it finished and a replay at Prenton Park is needed.

Can the Super White Army finish what they started and defeat a Premier League side here?

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Tranmere Rovers vs Watford: Who will win?

Tranmere Rovers are the underdogs to win this match at 4/1, as one might expect.

Watford are 3/4 to leave Merseyside with a win.

A draw, which will force extra time, is 29/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score is also 8/11.

Tranmere to win and both teams to score is 9/1.

Watford to win and both teams to score is 21/10.

Roberto Pereyra

WATFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Roberto Pereyra of Watford celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road on October 27, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will be a threat for the home side. He is 7/1 to open the scoring and 13/5 to score anytime.

Paul Mullin scored the decisive goal ten days ago. He is 9/1 to score first and 16/5 to net anytime.

Andre Gray could lead the line for the visitors. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 13/10 to add to his tally.

João Pedro could make his first start for the Hornets. The Brazilian teenager is 9/2 to score first and 17/10 to make it a full-debut to remember.

Both Mullin and Hepburn-Murphy to score is 26/1.

Both Pedro and Gray to score is 11/2.

Both Roberto Pereyra and Gray to score is 6/1.

Tranmere Rovers vs Watford: Match preview

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: A detailed view of the Emirates FA Cup Trophy prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Aside from the FA Cup, it’s been a pretty difficult season for Tranmere Rovers.

In this competition, they beat Wycombe Wanderers after extra time in the replay before hammering Chichester City.

That saw them get to this stage for the second consecutive season having not done so since 2015 before that.

However, Micky Mellon’s side are struggling in League One.

On Saturday, they drew 0-0 with one of the only two clubs below them; Southend United at Roots Hall.

That leaves the Super White Army 21st in the table.

For various reasons, Southend and Bolton are all but set for relegation, leaving just one relegation place.

That position is currently occupied by Tranmere but they’re within at least seven points of the four clubs below them.

Given that Rovers won the League Two play-off final last season, their current position is no surprise.

Before they return to league action, they get the chance to make history.

The winners of this tie will host either Wolverhampton Wanderers or Manchester United in round four.

Can Tranmere beat one Premier League side to setup a glamour home tie with another?

Can Watford get an away win?

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)

As for Watford, the second half collapse ten days ago is about the only setback Nigel Pearson has suffered since taking over in Hertfordshire.

On Sunday afternoon, second half goals from Abdoulaye Doucouré, Troy Deeney and then Roberto Pereyra saw them hammer relegation rivals Bournemouth 3-0 at Dean Court.

That means, in Pearson’s five matches in charge, they’ve taken 13 points; beating Manchester United, Aston Villa and Wolves as well as drawing at Sheffield United.

That means the Hornets are out of the relegation zone for the very first time all season long.

Under Javi Gracia and then Quique Sánchez Flores, they took nine points from 17 matches but are now on 22 from 22 games.

Survival looks likely when it appeared to be mission impossible less than a month ago.

But where does the FA Cup fit into all of this?

They got to only their second final last season, where they were hammered 6-0 by Manchester City.

However, given their perilous position in the Premier League, a repeat run is not the priority.

Will Watford avoid an FA Cup upset at Prenton Park?

Tranmere Rovers team news vs Watford

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 17: General view of a Yellow Mitre football used for the EFL and showing the league sponsor SkyBet during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Millwall at St Andrews on February 17, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Despite a difficult league position, Micky Mellon will name the same XI that started at Southend on Saturday.

This’ll see just two changes from the side that started at Vicarage Road.

Captain Scott Davies is injured so Aaron Chapman will continue to deputise in goal.

In defence, Sid Nelson is injured so Calum Woods will continue in his place alongside Manny Monthé and Peter Clarke at centre-back.

Kieron Morris and Jake Caprice, midfielders by trade, will be at wing-back.

In midfield, Guyana international Neil Danns and Alex Woodyard will continue in the holding positions behind David Perkins.

He’ll be looking to support the front two.

Morgan Ferrier will partner Connor Jennings; will either become a hero?

Watford team news vs Tranmere Rovers

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, given that they played Bournemouth as recently as Sunday, Pearson is likely to make 11 changes, just as he did for the first meeting.

In goal, Ben Foster will be rested with Heurelho Gomes deputising, chosen over Daniel Bachmann.

In defence, Adrian Mariappa, Craig Dawson, Craig Cathcart and Adam Masina was Sunday’s back four.

Christian Kabasele could start after he served his one-match suspension at Dean Court.

The Belgian will be joined by Daryl Janmaat, José Cholevas and youngster Bayli Spencer-Adam at the back.

Sebastian Prödl and Kiko Femenía are injured.

In midfield, likewise all of Abdoulaye Doucouré, Étienne Capoue and Nathaniel Chalobah will drop out.

This’ll open the door for Domingos Quina and Tom Dele-Bashiru to start in the centre.

Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley are injured.

In attack, Ismaïla Sarr, Gerard Deulofeu and captain Troy Deeney have been a lethal trio in recent matches.

Thus, none of them will travel to Merseyside.

Out-wide, Roberto Pereyra, who scored off the bench on Sunday as well as in the reverse fixture, and Isaac Success will start.

Further forward, there could be a first start for a January recruit.

18 year old João Pedro, who joined from Fluminense earlier this month, will make his full-debut for the Hornets.

He’ll be supporting Andre Gray.

Will this much changed Watford side still be too strong for Tranmere?

Predicted Tranmere Rovers line-up vs Watford

Predicted Tranmere Rovers line-up vs Watford

Predicted Tranmere Rovers line-up vs Watford.

Predicted Watford line-up vs Tranmere Rovers

Predicted Watford line-up vs Tranmere Rovers

Predicted Watford line-up vs Tranmere Rovers.

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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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