Liverpool travel to Watford on the back of a 3-2 home win over West Ham United on Monday night that left them just four victories away from sealing the Premier League title. Nigel Pearson’s Watford, in contrast, sit in 19th place in the Premier League table, and have not won in seven games in all competitions. The contrast in fortunes between the teams could not be sharper, and the Hornets will be hoping that the Reds have a real off day. The home side’s chances of victory look minimal as things stand, with Klopp’s team on the verge of a title triumph.
Watford are currently mired in a relegation battle, and time is running out for the Hertfordshire side if they want to be a Premier League team again next season. They currently have 24 points, just one behind Aston Villa who sit fourth from bottom. While their chances of survival do not look terminal quite yet, they need to start winning games soon. A good run could soon take them to mid-table, but recent results suggest that putting together such a run is beyond this team right now. Pearson will be hoping that the Reds show similar vulnerability as they showed against West Ham earlier in the week, but fail to win.
That we are still in February and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are just 12 points away from claiming the Premier League title is an amazing stat. It is also testament to just how much work Klopp has put into building this team over the last few seasons. The Reds have won 26 games and drawn just once in what has been an historic league campaign for the Anfield men. No wonder the odds are shortening all the time on them going through the entire league campaign undefeated. One senses that the main threat to them this Saturday will come from complacency – something that is not usually associated with Jurgen Klopp.
Watford’s recent record against the Reds is nothing to write home about. Nigel Pearson’s Hornets have not won in their last eight games against Liverpool, with the only time they avoided defeat being a 3-3 draw at Anfield in 2017. Some of the defeats in that run have been very heavy indeed. In the last four meetings between the sides, Liverpool have won 5-0 twice, as well as 3-0 and 2-0. That 3-0 win was at Vicarage Road, which does not bode well for the Hornets for Saturday evening’s game. Given the current disparity in league position between the two sides, Hornets fans must be dreading this encounter, especially given their team’s recent form. It could be a very long evening for Nigel Pearson’s team on Saturday evening.
Astute punters will note that Liverpool have not conceded very often in recent game against the Hornets. In the last eight Premier League clashes between the teams, Watford have scored just four goals. Three of those came in one game – the 3-3 draw between the teams at Vicarage Road in August 2017. Their other goal came in November 2016, when they were beaten 6-1 at Anfield. If you’re looking for a good tip for this game, then Betway have Liverpool to win to nil priced at 2.40. While those odds are not perhaps the most tempting, they can still bring decent returns, especially when recent history suggests that the Hornets find breaking through the Reds’ defence particularly difficult.
Watford’s will want to remember their last victory against Liverpool. That came back in December 2015 at Vicarage Road, and ended in a 3-0 scoreline in favour of the Hornets, who were managed by Quique Flores at the time. Nathan Ake opened the scoring for the home side. The other two goals were scored by Odion Ighalo. That win put the Hornets into seventh place in the league table, and was the first time that they had won four consecutive games and two consecutive home games in the Premier League. How times have changed.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from Coral, who are offering odds of 7.50 on Liverpool to win 2-0. We suspect that this is a good bet because of Liverpool’s imperious form and Watford’s recent inability to score against the Reds. Liverpool could probably score a lot more goals than just two, but Watford are at home and desperate for points. If they fight hard they can keep the score down. It would be a brave bettor who backed the Hornets for victory, though. Liverpool should win this game very easily, and move within nine points of the Premier League title.