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Watford v Liverpool Betting Tips: Will Reds swat the Hornets aside?

| 29.02.2020
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Odds and preview for Premier League clash

Liverpool are now only four wins away from ending their 30-year wait for the title. Can Watford delay the seemingly inevitable to boost their own hopes of survival?

The Reds are aiming to take another step towards the trophy at 17:30 tonight, live on Sky Sports Football. And for your pre-match reading, we’ve got all the odds and key info…

Match Odds

Our traders are struggling to see beyond an away win here. Liverpool are odds-on favourites at 4/9.

Watford are back at 13/2, with 7/2 about the draw.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have only conceded 17 league goals this season – a Liverpool win to nil is going for 6/4.

Form

Watford find themselves down in 19th after five league games without a win. Any result against a rampant Liverpool side would be a major bonus.

In contrast to the hosts, Liverpool can’t seem to stop winning in domestic action. They’ve won each of their last 18 Premier League games – victory at Vicarage Road would set a new English top-flight record.

The recent head-to-head record doesn’t make encouraging reading for Watford either. They’ve lost each of the last four meetings, scoring no goals and conceding 15.

Likely XIs

Ismail Sarr should return to the starting line-up for the hosts. His speed and skill have been badly missed, but can Watford get him into the areas where he can cause damage?

You feel Abdoulaye Doucoure will have a major role to play if the home side are going to get anything. He’s played further forward since Nigel Pearson took over, making full use of his dribbling and athleticism.

Liverpool will still be without Jordan Henderson, so Fabinho is set to continue in midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also come in, having impressed from the bench against West Ham United.

Other than that, Klopp is likely to stick with the side that has served him so well lately.

Key Battles

Nigel Pearson

Liverpool’s full-backs tend to be their most creative players. Both Trent Alexander-Robertson and Andy Robertson constantly whip dangerous crosses in. Do Gerard Deulofeu and Sarr have the discipline to track them back?

With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah occupying Watford’s defenders in wide areas, there’ll be plenty of room for Liverpool’s full-backs to enjoy if they’re not watched carefully.

When Pearson’s side do get on the ball, they’ll need Troy Deeney to make the ball stick in the final third and allow the rest of the team to move up the pitch.

That’s easier said than done against Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez though, especially with Fabinho mopping up ahead of them. Liverpool have kept clean sheets in 10 of their last 12 league outings – Deeney will need to make any chances count.

Goalscorer Odds

Salah scored the opener in this fixture last term. He’s 14/5 favourite to score first this time around or 5/6 anytime.

Mane is rated a 13/10 chance anytime, with Roberto Firmino at 15/8.

We go 6/1 that Deeney catches Liverpool out with the first goal. He’s also 21/10 as an anytime scorer.

After coming on as a sub in the last three league games, Danny Welbeck is 14/5 to net at any point. There’s 16/5 about Sarr scoring too.

View the latest Watford v Liverpool odds.

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Daniel Anwar

Daniel has written about sport for Coral, Squawka, FourFourTwo and the Premier League, among others.