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

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Watford vs Southampton prediction: Watford 2-1 Southampton

Prior to last week’s defeat to Arsenal, Watford had gone seven at home without defeat.

The Hornets are unbeaten against sides outside the top six since Boxing Day.

With three wins in six, Southampton come into this one in relatively good form, although it’s worth noting that the Saints have only won four matches on the road this season.

Watford vs Southampton: Who will win?

Watford are 21/20 favourites to win while Southampton are 5/2. The draw is priced at 12/5.

Clashes between these two tend to be high scoring affairs. Their last six meetings at Vicarage Road have average 3.8 goals per game. Back over 2.5 goals at 4/5.

Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions. Both teams to score is 8/13.

Gerard Deulofeu is in red-hot form. The Spaniard has scored four goals in his last two appearances, taking his tally for the season to 11. Deulofeu is 7/1 to open the scoring and 11/5 to score anytime.

Gerard Deulofeu

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 07: Gerard Deulofeu of Watford is injured during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Watford vs Southampton Premier League match preview

Watford host Southampton at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

Another Gerard Deulofeu brace handed Watford a 2-1 win at already-relegated Huddersfield on Saturday. The Hornets conceded a late consolation goal scored by Karlan Grant.

Watford’s win lifted them up to 7th, but they moved down a spot following Everton’s 4-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. Watford and Everton are separated only by goal difference but Watford have a game in hand over the Toffees.

Watford’s last three league games are against Wolves, Chelsea and West Ham but their focus will be on next month’s FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Southampton suffered a 3-1 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.

Maria Lemina made a scoring return from injury, coming off the bench to hand Southampton a lifeline. His goal was not enough, however, as Ayoze Perez scored to complete his hat-trick late on.

Southampton are five points above the relegation zone, although they do have a game in hand over Cardiff. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are not out the woods yet but their run-in is favourable. The Saints face Bournemouth, West Ham and Huddersfield in their last three fixtures.

The two sides have met nine times in the Premier League, with Southampton enjoying three wins to Watford’ two.

The reverse fixture ended 1-1 at St. Mary’s in November. Manolo Gabbiadini, now of Sampdoria, gave Southampton the lead before Jose Holebas rescued a point for Watford late on.

Shane Long

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Watford team news vs Southampton

With the FA Cup final less than a month away, Javi Gracia will likely continue to rotate his players.

Adrian Mariappa started in place of Christian Kabasele at Huddersfield and could keep his place alongside Craig Cathcart.

Daryl Janmaat was an unused substitute against the Terriers and could come in for Kiko Femenia at right-back.

Troy Deeney will serve the second game of his three-match ban. The Watford striker was shown a straight red against Arsenal for elbowing Lucas Torreira.

Despite recovering from a groin problem, Roberto Pereyra was not risked against Huddersfield. The Argentine is expected to return to the starting eleven with Ken Sema expected to miss out.

Adam Masina should continue at left-back as Jose Holebas remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Gracia hopes to have Tom Cleverley and Adalberto Penaranda available before the end of the season.

Domingos Quina will miss the remainder of the campaign after dislocating his shoulder in training last week.

Southampton team news vs Watford

Yan Valery was a late ommission from the Saints squad to face Newcastle after coming down with illness over night. If Valery is unavailable again on Tuesday night, James Ward-Prowse may have to continue at right wing-back.

Mario Lemina came off the bench to make his first appearance of the calendar year. The Gabonese midfielder will be pushing for a start on Tuesday. Josh Sims made his second start of the season against Newcastle and could be the one to make way.

Jannik Vestergaard is a doubt with a groin injury and could miss out again. Jack Stephens is likely to deputise for Vestergaard at the back, alongside Maya Yoshida and Jan Bednarek.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could come back into contention following an injury lay off, although Angus Gunn is expected to continue in goal, having started the last eight matches.

Michael Obafemi remains sidelined for the rest of the campaign.

Watford predicted line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Watford XI vs Southampton

Predicted Watford XI vs Southampton

Southampton predicted line-up vs Watford

Predicted Southampton XI vs Watford

Predicted Southampton XI vs Watford

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