Watford vs Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

Watford vs Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

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Manchester United travel to Watford’s Vicarage Road ground for Saturday’s evening Premier league fixture, where a third defeat in five games would create a 9-point gap between the teams. Watford boss Javi Gracia will arguably have the fresher players, with many of Jose Mourinho’s squad returning from international duty.


Game: Watford v Manchester United
Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday, 15th September, 5.30pm


Watford have surprised many, including themselves, by winning all of their opening four Premier League games to share a 100% record with Liverpool and Chelsea. Home wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace might appear routine, but their 3-1 win at Burnley was a more eye-catching success, before going into the international break with a late comeback 2-1 win against London neighbours, Tottenham.

United’s woes have been well documented, losing two of their first three league games for the first time since 1992-93, but will take some comfort from the fact that they went on to win the Premier League that season. They certainly looked closer to their efficient best when winning 2-0 at Burnley last time out.

Reasons for Betting Tips

Even boasting their 100% record, Watford cannot persuade the bookies that they are anything other than clear underdogs, with Skybet offering odds of 16/5 for a home win. The draw is slighter shorter at 5/2, while United remain clear odds-on favourites to secure their second straight away win, with Skybet pricing them at 5/6.

Watford have scored at least twice in all four league games, not to mention another couple in their 2-0 League Cup win at Reading. Most surprising of all was their 3-1 win at a normally obdurate Burnley, where they secured their first away win in nine attempts after failing to score a single goal in any of their eight consecutive defeats. A quirk of the fixture computer has allowed Watford to play four of their opening five league games at home, where only Swansea and Burnley have beaten them in fifteen games since Christmas.

After watching his defence concede eight goals in their opening three games of the season, Mourinho would have been happy with the clean sheet at Burnley, albeit against a team who had scored only four goals in their last seven EPL games. That was United’s second clean sheet in eleven games since their last Premier League shutout, coincidentally in the 1-0 win over Watford on the final day of last season.

Free Betting Tip: Over 2.5 Goals at 2.10 with Betfair seems good value (https://tipstrr.com/fixture/2018-09-15-watford-vs-manchester-united-162fc)

The loss of Richarlison to Everton does not appear to have blunted Watford’s attacking edge, with Ricardo Pereyra contributing three goals and an assist from midfield, while veteran wingback Jose Holebas has provided a welcome attacking threat with four assists already this season, as well a vital goal in the 2-1 win over Palace.

Mourinho had to shuffle his defence after a hapless display in the 3-0 defeat against Spurs, with Chris Smalling gaining favour over an out-of-sorts Eric Bailly. Marcus Rashford found the net in England’s 2-1 defeat against Spain, but will be suspended after his red card in the 2-0 win at Burnley, where a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku bagged both goals to take his tally to three in three starts.

Free Betting Tip: Watford at 4.40 could be a nice outside bet according to some of these tipsters (https://tipstrr.com/fixture/2018-09-15-watford-vs-manchester-united-162fc)