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

Watford vs Aston Villa prediction: Watford 2-0 Aston Villa

There’s been a definite improvement in Watford’s form since Nigel Pearson took charge of the club earlier in December.

Saturday’s game sees the side with the fewest points at home host the side with the worst away record.

Aston Villa are looking to climb out of the bottom three, while Watford will finish the year inside the relegation zone regardless of the result.

Watford vs Aston Villa: Who will win?

Watford are 19/20 favourites to win on Saturday while an Aston Villa victory is priced at 13/5. The draw can be backed at 14/5.

Aston Villa have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five away matches in the Premier League. Watford are 4/5 to score at least two goals.

Watford have kept four clean sheets in their last six home matches. A Watford clean sheet is priced at 9/4.

Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring on Boxing Day. Deulofeu is 6/1 to open the scoring and 7/4 to score anytime.

Watford vs Aston Villa Premier League match preview

The final Premier League Gameweek of 2019 dishes up a relegation six-pointer at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Villa’s five-match winless run in the league came to an end on Boxing Day as they beat fellow strugglers Norwich City 1-0 in a crucial relegation six-pointer at Villa Park. Conor Hourihane scored the only goal of the game in the second half.

Despite the win, Villa remain in the bottom three, although they’re just one point from safety. Victory for Villa on Saturday could see them move up to 14th, depending on other results. The last time Villa kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League was in January 2015.

Watford held high-flying Sheffield United to a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane on Thursday. Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring with a calm finish in the first half. Not long after, Will Hughes conceded a penalty which was tucked away by Oliver Norwood.

The Hornets have only lost one of their last three matches, which includes a 2-0 win over Manchester United. Watford are just one point above bottom-side Norwich and a victory on Saturday would keep them 19th.

With just one win at Vicarage Road, no side has picked up fewer points at home this season than Watford (7). The Hornets have also scored the fewest number of goals at home (6). They did, however, beat Manchester United in their last match at home and have kept back-to-back clean sheets at Vicarage Road.

Meanwhile, Villa have the worst away record this season, picking up just four points from their nine matches on the road. They have failed to win any of their last five matches away from home, losing four and drawing one.

Saturday’s game will be the seventh Premier League meeting between the two sides. Villa have won three, drawn one and lost two against Watford in the Premier League.

Watford were 3-2 winners the last time they hosted Aston Villa in the top flight in April 2016. Troy Deeney scored a brace in second-half stoppage as Villa finished the match with 10 men.

Watford team news vs Aston Villa

Abdoulaye Doucoure will return to Watford’s midfield after serving a one-match suspension on Thursday. Nathaniel Chalobah is expected to make way.

Ismaila Sarr will be assessed after picking up a knock at Bramall Lane. Roberto Pereyra could come into the starting eleven if Sarr fails a late fitness test.

Jose Holebas is ruled out with an ankle injury, so Kiko Femenia should continue at left-back.

Danny Welbeck, Sebastian Prodl, Daryl Janmaat and former Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley are long-term injury absentees.

Andre Gray, Isaac Success and Domingos Quina are possible options if Nigel Pearson opts to rotate his side.

Aston Villa team news vs Watford

With the games coming thick and fast this time of year, Dean Smith rung the changes against Norwich. Bjorn Engels, Frederic Guilbert and Jonathan Kodija were all unused substitutes on Thursday and could return to the starting eleven.

Marvelous Nakamba is expected to make way for Conor Hourihane in midfield, while Jota Peleteiro and Henri Lansbury also come into contention. Lansbury made 39 appearances for Watford during a loan spell in the 2009-10 season.

Tyron Mings remains doubtful following a hamstring injury so Kortney Hause is should continue in defence.

John McGinn is sidelined with an ankle injury, meaning Jack Grealish could continue in the number 10 role.

Keinan Davis is back in training but Saturday’s game will come too soon for him.

Watford predicted line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Watford XI vs Aston Villa

Predicted Watford XI vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa predicted line-up vs Watford

Predicted Aston Villa XI vs Watford

Predicted Aston Villa XI vs Watford

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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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