Watford vs Manchester United Predictions and Betting Tips
Watford vs Manchester United key stats
- Manchester United don’t seem to feel the pressure as much away from home, gaining ten points from a possible 15 so far.
- Watford and United are 17th and 18th in the six-game form table. Both have only one win, one draw and four losses. Watford just edge United on goal difference during this span.
- Watford have conceded at least once in each of their last 21 Premier League games.
- Including his spells in Italy and Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in his last 14 matches against promoted sides.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) November 18, 2021
Is the pressure already on Ranieri?
It seems strange to talk about pressure on a head coach, Claudio Ranieri, who has been in charge for only four games, however, only one of those games has produced a win, and this is Watford we are talking about.
After an awful 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, Watford bounced back with a 5-2 away victory against Everton, showing heart coming back from a losing position twice as former Evertonian, Josh King, scored a hat-trick.
Since then, Watford have lost twice 1-0, showing signs that they are shoring things up at the back at least.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 17, 2021
Solskjaer surviving sustained pressure
From a head coach possibly under pressure in Ranieri to one who seems to have been under pressure forever in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After a winless run of five Premier League matches and Solskjaer’s job seemingly on the line, United answered their critics with a 3-0 away win at Tottenham.
However, after a derby day defeat to Manchester City last time out, the sand in the hourglass may finally run out if United come away from Vicarage Road with anything less than three points.
Watford vs Manchester United predictions
Watford don’t score too many goals at Vicarage Road (four goals in five matches), while United tend to perform far better away from home where there seemingly isn’t the pressure of expectation that a sold-out Old Trafford holds.
Most of Ronaldo’s scoring of late has come in the Champions League, while in the Premier League he has scored just once in his last six games. However, whenever Ole has needed Ronaldo to pull him from impending doom, Ronaldo has delivered. Ronaldo’s recent record against promoted teams should not be discounted, we recommend Ronaldo to score first.
Man United’s best goalscoring form tends to come in the second half of matches. Away from home they score an average of 0.6 goals in the first half and 1.2 goals in the second. Based on this we recommend backing the second half over 1.5 goals market.
Watford vs Manchester United team news
Watford team news
Midfielder, Ozan Tufan, will undergo a late fitness test after a knock to the leg on international duty put him out of both of Turkey’s matches. Francisco Sierralta also picked up a hamstring injury while away with Chile forcing him out of this weekend’s clash.
Manchester United team news
Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane continue to be absent for United, while Paul Pogba misses out due to suspension after his red card against Liverpool. He will also be out for the foreseeable future after suffering a thigh injury at the start of the international break.
Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford should be in contention after minor ailments, while Luke Shaw should also be in contention after coming off against Man City due to a head injury.
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