Will the Red Devil’s Unbeaten Run Continue Against Watford?
Last updated: February 9, 2017 by Leon Marshal
|Last season:||Man Utd 1 – 0 Watford|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
An interesting matchup awaits us at Old Trafford this weekend, featuring two teams that will be looking to rise up the table. Manchester United could see themself jump two places into 4th, should both Arsenal and Liverpool lose, while a win for Watford would see they move upto 9th, should West Ham draw or lose.
Manchester United are on the longest unbeaten run of any team currently in the Premier League. Despite this fact, the Red Devils sit in sixth positon, just outside the top 5 and seemingly having little to show for their form. The problem has been the number of draws it seems. They’ve lost just three matches this term, but they’ve also drawn nine, with twelve wins from 24 games demonstrating why they are not up there at the top. The last performance against Watford is hopefully a sign of the future though as United set off on a kind run of fixtures that see them face just one team in top 8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still scoring and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is finally showing the form that earned him his big money transfer over the summer. If United hit the ground running here, they could be unstoppable.
Watford’s up and down season shows no signs of stopping any time soon. After being without a win in five, they registered back to back wins, and will go into this match knowing they’ve already beaten Manchester United once this season. The hornets have a good record against the big boys, adding a recent win against Arsenal to the victory against United earlier in the year. Coach Walter Mazzarri has come under pressure this season for the mixed bag of results, but Watford are sitting in a good position, and after some January signings, look well set to challenge to keep their place inside the top 10. M’Baye Niang scored and assisted in his second match for the Hornets and will be the main source of danger for the United defence.
Wayne Rooney picked up an illness earlier in the week, though is expected to be fit by the weekend.
In the United defence, Phil Jones is still suffering from a foot injury that kept him out of the last match, while Marcos Rojo has a knock, though should be available for selection.
New signing M’Baye Niang made an almost instant impact with a goal an assist in last week’s match against Burnley. He is expected to lead the line alongside Troy Deeney again.
In the Watford midfield, Nordin Amrabat and Roberto Pereyra are out injured, although Amrabat may recover in time to be available for selection.
|Manchester United (4-2-3-1):||de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Mata, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Ibrahimovic|
|Subs:||Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Blind, Young, Romero, Fellaini|
|Doubtful:||Rojo, Fosu-Mensah, Rooney|
|Watford (4-4-2):||Gomes, Cathcart, Kaboul, Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Behrami, Cleverley, Niang, Deeney, Zárate|
|Subs:||Britos, Success, Doucouré, Janmaat, Watson, Okaka, Arlauskis|
So far this season
|Manchester United this season||Watford this season|
|5 (7)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (3)|
|4-1 vs. Leicester||Biggest win||4-2 vs.West Ham|
|6 (3)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (3)|
|0-4 vs. Chelsea||Biggest Defeat||1-6 vs. Liverpool||Zlatan Ibrahimovic (15)||Top scorer||Troy Deeney (7)|
|Wayne Rooney (5)||Assist Leader||José Holebas (4)|
|Y59, R3||Discipline||Y52, R1|
|4||Failures to score||7|
|14||Both Teams to Score Games||15|
|10||Over 2.5 Games||13|
|14||Under 2.5 Games||11|
- Manchester United are on a fantastic unbeaten run of fifteen premier league games. During this run, they’ve failed to score just once and kept five clean sheets.
- Watford have ended a bad run with back to back wins, including the surprise victory against Arsenal. They also inflicted a shock defeat on Manchester United earlier in the season, showing that they often pull out results against the big teams.
- United’s home form is actually worse than away however. They’ve won just five at home, compared to six away, although it should be noted they have been beaten just once at home, against local rivals Manchester City.
- Watford have the worst disciplinary record in the league with 68 points acrrued, two more than second placed West Ham. Their last match against Burnley saw the hornets pick up five yellow cards.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|18/09/2016||Premier League||Watford 3 – 1 Man United||Capoue 34′|
|02/03/2016||Premier League||Man Utd 1 – 0 Watford||Mata 83′|
|21/11/2015||Premier League||Watford 1 – 2 Man Utd||Depay 11′|
|14/04/2007||FA Cup||Man Utd 4 – 1 Watford||Rooney 7′|
|31/01/2007||Premier League||Man Utd 4 – 0 Watford||Ronaldo 20′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Manchester United’s form suggests they won’t beaten in this match and there’s little to suggest otherwise. The bookies have priced accordingly, with no value in a straight win for the Red Devils.
We really fancy United to hit the ground running, despite Watford’s improved form. With this in mind, a half time/full time bet on Manchester United at around 8/11 at bet365 has a strong chance, so admitedly the value is fairly low.