Southampton will host Watford in a Premier League clash at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Ahead of the fixture, both sides find themselves undefeated in the league this season and level at five points. Both sides are separated by a solitary place in the league table.
The Saints have struggled on the scoring front and two of their league fixtures this season have ended in goalless draws. Their only positive result this season was the 3-2 home win over West Ham, but the Saints were aided by Marko Arnautovic’s first-half red card. In their previous fixture, they drew at Huddersfield, but they would be hoping for all three points against the Hornets.
The Hornets started the season with a pulsating 3-3 home draw against Liverpool. Following that result, they have claimed a win at Bournemouth and have drawn against Brighton at home. The draw against the Seagulls was a decent result considering Hornets had to play most of the game with ten men following Miguel Britos’ red card in the 24th-minute. The London side have a different look to them under Marco Silva, and they would be looking to challenge the Saints for a top-half finish this season.
Last season, the corresponding fixture ended in a 3-4 win for the Saints while the reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw.
Southampton vs Watford – Match Facts
The Saints are undefeated in their last league fixtures against the Hornets. Hornets registered their last win against their opponents in Championship 2008/09.
The Saints have failed to score in eight of their last 11 Premier League matches.
The Hornets have allowed only four shots on their goal during their last two league games.
Southampton vs Watford – Team News
Virgil van Dijk could make his first appearances of the season for the Saints, and summer-signing Mario Lemina could also feature for the home side.
For the Hornets, Miguel Britos is suspended following his straight-red in their last league fixture. The likes of Craig Cathcart, Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra, Younes Kaboul, Tommie Hoban, and Mauro Zarate will miss out the game with respective injuries.
Southampton vs Watford – Match odds
The hosts are huge favourites to win at 4/6 odds, while an away win can get you odds up to 5/1. However, our preview is backing a draw in this fixture, and you can get the best odds of 3/1 at Bet365 for our prediction.
Southampton vs Watford – Correct Score odds
A 1-0 win for the home side is the most probable outcome at 13/2 odds. However, in our preview, we are going for a 1-1 draw at the best odds of 7/1 at Bet365.
Southampton vs Watford – Total Goals Over/Under odds
Saints’ games don’t tend to end with more than 2.5 goals of late, and hence, we are backing ‘less than 2.5 goals’ as our prediction in this game. Our betting tip can get you best odds up to 9/10 at Bet365.
Southampton vs Watford – Anytime Goalscorer odds
Saints striking duo Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini are both available at even odds. For the visitors, Troy Deeney is available at 3/1 odds.
However, as our prediction, we have picked Nathan Raymond at the best odds of 5/2 at Bet365.