Actually, the match between the Watford Football Club and the Southampton Football Club should take place in mid-March. At that time, however, from the point of view of Hornets, there was a good reason to postpone this Premier League match. In the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, the yellow-blacks prevailed 2: 1 against Crystal Palace and reached the semi-final round. Meanwhile, Spanish coach Javi Gracia’s team have even reached the final, thanks to an extra-time victory over Wolverhampton, where they will be playing at Manchester’s Wembley Stadium on May 18 for the very first major title in club history. Before that, the hornets still have some exciting tasks to play in the English league, because even there the FA Cup finalists still have a lot to do.
Football Betting Prediction Watford vs Southampton
Should Watford win against Southampton on Tuesday night, which is not unlikely in terms of odds, the northwestern London-based team would temporarily jump to seventh, which would most likely end the season’s Europa League ticket for the upcoming season Episode would have. However, the endeavor against Hasenhüttl’s Saints will not be easy, because with the “saints”, relegation is still the dominant topic. With five points ahead of the first relegation zone, the cushion may be quite comfortable at the moment and yet the Austrian coach expects full focus to possibly make a big point in the catch-up game during the week.
Watford – Statistics & Current Form
In Watford, everyone is talking about the upcoming FA Cup final in mid-May against Manchester City. On the one hand, it is quite understandable that the small club of the Vicarage Road fancies perhaps the greatest success of their own club history. On the other hand, the team of coach Javi Gracia would be well advised to keep the concentration high in the next four weeks in order not to frivolously give up the good starting position in the fight for the Europa League in the Premier League. At the moment, Watford FC is in eighth place in the ranking, tied with Everton’s tier one. That seventh position would entitle them to participate in the UEFA Europa League after 38 games, should Manchester City win the final of Europe’s oldest cup competition. If the “Hornets” surprisingly hold the upper hand on May 18 at Wembley Stadium, they would automatically be in the pot for the 2019/2020 European League group stage anyway. As a result, the yellow-blacks have two hot irons in the fire to return to the international scene after 35 years.
In the battle for seventh place a home win on Tuesday night in the catch-up game of the 31st game day of the Premier League of enormous importance. In the encounter Watford against Southampton to give a tip on the home side, it could prove to be correct in that the Hornets lost only one of the last six home games (0: 1 against Arsenal). The overall balance in front of a home crowd can also be seen quite well with eight successes, two division of points and six bankruptcies. In addition, considering that since early December Watford has lost only to the absolute top teams Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool, and consistently delivered good results especially against lower half contenders, it becomes obvious why Watford and Southampton lower odds for the prediction to be made to the home win. However, as the Saints have recently turned out to be an uncomfortable opponent, an alternative opportunity is needed to make a nice bet in the upcoming match. Above all, it makes sense to make bets that the hosts will meet more often after the break than in the first round. In the season so far, the Gracia protected reach only 18 goals in the first half. In the second 45 minutes, however, it was already 31. In three of the recent five games would have gone through an appropriate recommendation.
Tom Cleverley, Domingos Quina, Jose Holebas and Adalberto Penaranda are injured. The most successful attacker Troy Deeney (nine goals this season) must be blocked. Offensive power should not be missing, as Gray, Pereyra, Deulofeu and Doucoure are four players in the starting eleven, who together took part in more than half of all WFC goals this season.
Expected formation of Watford:
↳ Foster – Masina, Cathcart, Mariappa, Janmaat – Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra – Deulofeu, Gray
↳ Trainer: Gracia
Last Games by Watford:
⚽️ 20.04.2019 – Huddersfield Town Vs. Watford 1: 2 (Premier League)
⚽️ 15.04.2019 – Watford Vs. Arsenal 0: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 07.04.2019 – Watford Vs. Wolverhampton 3: 2 (FA Cup)
⚽️ 02.04.2019 – Watford Vs. Fulham 4: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 30.03.2019 – Manchester United Vs. Watford 2: 1 (Premier League)
Southampton – Statistics & Current Form
After a 3-1 home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers just over a week ago, Southampton’s coach Ralph Hasenhüttl warned against putting the catch ahead of the game too early. The former Leipzig coach should be right, because this past weekend, the Saints missed to land at Newcastle United another important threesome. After 90 disappointing minutes the red-whites conceded a 1: 3 defeat, which could have been prevented with a slightly stronger performance. It was again one of the weaker appearances of Southampton Football Club, which scored in the last few weeks, primarily in front of home crowd. Among other things, the relegation candidate won at home against Tottenham, Wolverhampton, Fulham or Everton. In the foreign since January succeeded only the vital 1: 0 success in Brighton. As such, it’s understandable that on Tuesday night at Watford we will not tip Southampton towards the guests.
Betting on one goal or the other is mostly successful. Southampton still has one of the most vulnerable defensive streaks, with 31 foreign matches scored. In the past five away games Keeper Foster had to grab a whopping six goals behind the break. Against Manchester United led the Underdog, for example, at half time with 1: 0, but at the end left with 2: 3 as a loser of the field. Although we do not expect such a dimension of the break-in after the break on Tuesday night, it still seems likely in many ways that Watford will meet more often in the second half than in the first 45 minutes. Especially immediately after the restart, there is hardly any other Premier League club that comes out of the cabins sleepy. Eleven goals scored between the 46th and 60th minute confirm this thesis, which might even suggest that Watford and Southampton have more intense betting odds on one goal in exactly that time frame.
Michael Obafemi is injured. Behind the missions of Jannik Vestergaard and Jan Valery are still question marks. Otherwise there should be no surprises in the starting lineup of Ralph Hasenhüttl. The fact that the Austrian coach prefers an offensive approach and may want to play for victory in the second round, underpins our assessment that the home side will close the proverbial sack after halftime.
Expected formation of Southampton:
↳ Foster – Stephens, Yoshida, Bednarek – Bertrand, Lemina, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward Prowese – Ings, Redmond
↳ Coach: Hasenhüttl
Last matches from Southampton:
⚽️ 20.04.2019 – Newcastle Vs. Southampton 3: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 13.04.2019 – Southampton Vs. Wolverhampton 3: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 05.04.2019 – Southampton Vs. Liverpool 1: 3 (Premier League)
⚽️ 30.03.2019 – Brighton & Hove Albion Vs. Southampton 0: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 09.03.2019 – Southampton Vs. Tottenham 2: 1 (Premier League)
Watford vs Southampton Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
There have been 21 matches between Watford and Southampton in the English Premier League so far. Only five times the prediction would have been correct for a success of the “Hornets”. The Saints celebrated eight wins, while eight clashes ended in a draw. The last home victory Watford in the highest English league, however, is already almost 20 years back. Most recently, the yellow-blacks were three times in a row at home against the red-white winless (two draws, a bankruptcy). In the first leg of the season, the teams parted with a 1-1 draw. Jose Holebas on the side of Hornets marked only in the final phase the draw to the final score.
Watford vs Southampton Our Betting Prediction Explained
In a catch-up match of the 31st game day in the English Premier League Watford and Southampton face each other on Tuesday evening. The odds imply a favorite role of the home side, who are in eighth place in the ranking and continue to have every opportunity to be represented internationally in the coming season. A home win would help a lot in the fight for seventh place. However, because the Saints under Ralph Hasenhüttl have developed into an uncomfortable opponent, we would rather advise against corresponding bets on a success of the “Hornets”.
Key Facts – Watford vs Southampton tips
⭐️ Watford scored more goals in the second half (31) than in the first round (18)
⭐️ Southampton conceded six goals in the last five games away from 46 minutes
⭐️ The Hornets lost since December exclusively against teams from the top six
Instead, we prefer Watford vs. Southampton to a hint that the yellow-blacks score more goals in the second half than on the first. Over the entire season, the Gracia-Elf presented after the break significantly more effective than in the first 45 minutes. The Hasenhüttl charges were also more vulnerable after the break than at the beginning of each game. In terms of tactics, it is to be expected that the guests will play for victory in the second 45 minutes after a possibly balanced first half. The former Leipzig coach follows a bold approach, which is why the FA Cup finalist will probably be better able to take advantage of the available spaces with continuous playing time. The average use of five units would multiply by a factor of 2.37 if successful.
Betting Prediction: Watford more goals in 2nd HT