Before the season Watford would have brought against Wolverhampton as a tip for one of the two FA Cup semi-final pairings certainly a lot of money, because really was not to be expected. While the Hornets were quite lucky in the draws of each round, the Wanderers switched off with Liverpool (3rd round) and especially Manchester United (quarter-finals) two top clubs. That’s why Watford vs. Wolverhampton are the odd outsiders in this duel, despite the fact that both teams split only one point in the standings and the Hornets won the Wolves 2-0 away to date in their Premier League campaign. Not to be underestimated is also the experience of the team with the experienced corset poles like keeper Foster, defender Holebas or captain Deeney. In addition, a majority of players in 2016 played and lost the semi-final against Crystal Palace.
Today’s Football Prediction Watford vs Wolverhampton
This experience could be the decisive factor on Sunday afternoon, which is why our prediction between Watford and Wolverhampton is that the Hornets will progress. The Wolves face a total of 15 times in an FA Cup semi-final and for the first time since 1998. However, the Wanderers eliminated at each of the last four semi-finals appearances. In 1960, Wolverhampton last time reached the final, when under coach Stan Cullis also won the title. For Watford, this is the seventh FA Cup semi-final in history. The final was in the 1983/84 season alone after a 1-0 win over Plymouth in the semi-final. Taking all teams with at least five FA Cup semi-finals, Watford and Fulham have the lowest progression rate (17 percent). Both came in six try once in the final.
Watford – Statistics & Current Form
On Tuesday Watford struck with the third home success in series Fulham the death knell and sealed the months of looming descent of the Cottagers. At the same time celebrated Watford with the 13th win of the season a record in the Premier League. The Hornets made their first ever Erstliga victories in the 1986/87 season when the squad, trained by the legendary Graham Taylor, scored 18 wins. At the same time Watford equaled the previous personal Premier League points record from the 2015/16 season with now 45 points. Even then, the Hornets reached the FA Cup semi-final, but retired against Crystal Palace. This time, Deeney & Co. want to do better. The personal yearning to finally win a title paired with showing everyone else how good they are – that is the incentive of the hosts. Specifically, Deeney recently revealed in an interview, being puzzled that she never got a chance on The Three Lions. Deeney has been directly involved in his last 13 FA Cup games in nine goals (five goals, four assists). On Ben Foster, who is by far the best and most consistent English keeper this season, is similar. While Southgate prefers Jack Butland of Stoke nominated from the championship, Foster can follow the internationals from the sofa. Will Hughes is also a player who has never had a chance. One more reason why, between Watford and Wolverhampton, our prediction is for a Hornets’ final.
In the Premier League Watford conceded the last six defeats against top six teams. The recent loss to a “normal” Premier League team was on December 1 against Leicester. Watford won only one of the last six competitive matches at Wembley Stadium (May 1999, 2-0 against Bolton).
Best goalscorers in the Premier League:
🏆 9 goals: Troy Deeney
🏆 7 goals: Gerard Deulofeu
🏆 6 goals: Roberto Pereyra
Expected formation of Watford:
↳ Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Hughes, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deeney, Deulofeu
↳ Coach: Javi Garcia
Last Games by Watford:
⚽️ 02.04.2019 – Watford Vs. Fulham 4: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 30.03.2019 – Manchester United Vs. Watford 2: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 16.03.2019 – Watford Vs. Crystal Palace 2: 1 (FA Cup)
⚽️ 09.03.2019 – Manchester City Vs. Watford 3: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 03.03.2019 – Watford Vs. Leicester City 2: 1 (Premier League)
Wolverhampton – Statistics & Current Form
While Fulham has been relegated despite investment of over 100 million pounds and Cardiff threatens the direct return to the championship, Wolverhampton is the best climber on the verge of getting the Europa League participation through the back door with table position seven. But that’s not all: if the Wolves defeat Watford on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, the season could go down as one of the most successful in the club’s history. A rapid development for the three-time English champions and four-time FA Cup winner from the West Midlands, who played in the 2013/14 season yet in the third-rate League One football. This was made possible on the one hand by the money of the Chinese investors Fosun International, the good connections of top player consultant Jorge Mendes and of course the skill and tactical skills of coach Nuno Espirito Santo. In the Premier League, the Wolves caused especially with good results against the top six teams furore and were able to retract 13 points (3-4-3). There were more accumulated counters than any other team outside of this sextet.
At the same time the Wolves won only two of the past seven league games (2-3-2) and conceded as many bankruptcies, as two weeks ago against a stuck in relegation battle Burnley. Six of the eleven defeats the Wolves conceded against teams ranked 13th or worse. Among other things, relegated Huddersfield took six of the 14 points against the Wolves. The wanderers at Watford against Wolverhampton may be the favorites according to betting odds, but our prediction is that the Hornets will progress. The Wolves have all won the last six games in Wembley. Only Arsenal (seven wins between May 2014 and May 2017) and Tottenham (seven wins from January to March 2018) brought more victories in series to this stadium. Only Padraig Amond (five, Newport) has taken more different rounds in this FA Cup season than Wolves striker Raul Jimenez. The Mexican scored in the third and fourth rounds as well as in the quarterfinals.
Best goalscorers in the Premier League:
🏆 12 goals: Raúl Jiménez
🏆 7 goals: Diogo Jota
🏆 3 goals: Matt Doherty
Expected formation of Wolverhampton:
↳ Patricio; Boly, Coady, Bennett; Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Doherty; Jota, Jimenez
↳ Coach: Nuno Espirito Santo
Wolverhampton’s last matches:
⚽️ 02.04.2019 – Wolverhampton Vs. Manchester United 2: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 30.03.2019 – Burnley Vs. Wolverhampton 2: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 16.03.2019 – Wolverhampton Vs. Manchester United 2: 1 (FA Cup)
⚽️ 10.03.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Wolverhampton 1: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 02.03.2019 – Wolverhampton Vs. Cardiff City 2: 0 (Premier League)
Watford vs Wolverhampton Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Head-to-Head: 14 Watford wins – 18 draws – 13 Wolverhampton Wanderers wins (45 competitive games)
Sunday sees the 8th FA Cup match between Watford and Wolverhampton. The Hornets decided so far only one of the four duels for themselves. In February 1980, there was a 3-0 victory in the fifth round. The Wolves celebrated the highest ever FA Cup win against Watford. The Hornets, at the time still a non-League club, lost in January 1912 in a first round replay with 0:10. Watford lost just one of the past five duels with the Wolves (2-2-1). In December 2014, there was a 0-1 in the championship at home Vicarage Road. This season, Watford won in October out of the Wolves 2-0.
Watford vs Wolverhampton Our Football Prediction
It is the semi-final of the two underdogs and thus for both clubs the big chance to deny an FA Cup final. According to the bookmakers, the Wolves are favorites to the finals, this show Watford against Wolverhampton also the odds. In the table, both clubs are neighbors. While the Wolves have a great record especially against the top clubs, the Hornets are primarily taking their points against the teams outside of this sextet.
Key Facts – Watford vs Wolverhampton tips
⭐️ Watford and Wolverhampton are only one point behind in the Premier League table
⭐️ Wolverhampton is the first time since 1998 in the FA Cup semi-final and came for the last time in 1960 finals
⭐️ Watford failed to reach the final five times in six FA Cup semi-finals
This is exactly what could be crucial for Sunday, because if the Wolves have to play the game and can not play their counter-football, they have problems. Not for nothing there were, among other things, bankruptcies against Huddersfield (twice), Burnley, Cardiff, Palace or Brighton. Watford is also used to stand low and make it difficult for the Wolves accordingly. So Watford vs Wolverhampton our tip according to the prediction for a progress of the Hornets before.
Prediction Today: Watford reaches finals? Yes