Watford – Stoke City : Preview & Prediction
Watford and Stoke play at Vicarage Road Stadium in a 10th round Barclays Premier League duel. The history of recent direct clashes is favorable to the visiting team, which has 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 games. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 03-01-2017, ended the victory of Stoke by (2-0). Although this is a game between 5th and 18th of the overall ranking, it is actually a game between the 16th place in home games and the 19th as a visitor.
After 4 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, the home team is in 5th place, having won 15 points. In the last match, he lost to Chelsea 4-2, after having won 2-1 at home against Arsenal FC in the previous game. Curiously, this is a team that has achieved better results outside of the home, having won 10 points as a visitor and only 5 in their stadium. In the last four home games for the championship, Watford has won 1, 2 draws and 1 defeat, having won 5 points out of 12. His attack has scored regularly, as he has managed to achieve in 7 of the last 9 games in this competition. In 9 games in this competition, he suffered the first goal 4 times and only got 1 turn on the scoreboard. There are 1 highlights in the last 7 home games in all competitions: he scored 3 of his 7 goals in the minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Watford has been making a good and surprising campaign in the English Premier League but has seen his undefeated 3-game series end in the final round and now goes on a search for recovery to continue at the top of the standings. The team is characterized by a good quality attack that has scored 15 goals and is the sixth best of the Premier League, while the defense, on the other hand, has suffered 17 goals and is the fourth most leaked, demonstrating the imbalance between the offensive and defensive sectors . Playing at home, as the match of this Saturday, Watford has been finding some difficulty to win, much because of the low defensive performance in this type of situation, since it is the team that suffered the most goals in the condition of principal and it is worth noting that on 2 of his 4 games in front of his fans, could not shake the networks. For the confrontation against Stoke, coach Marco Silva has no problems with the team that played in the last round and should repeat the initial 11.
The visiting team is currently in 18th place with 8 points, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, lost out to Manchester City by (7-2). In the last match, lost at home to Bournemouth by (1-2). This is a team affected by the home factor, having won 1 point as a visitor and 7 points in their stadium, with 6 goals scored and 9 goals conceded at home, against 4 goals scored and 11 suffered as a visitor. In the last 4 away games, Stoke has drawn 1 draw and 3 defeats, having won 1 point out of 12.
For this competition, you have not won any of the last 4 games outside of your stadium. The team conceded goals in 8 out of the last 9 games, so they have not shown great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, as they managed to achieve in 7 of the last 9 games in this competition. In 9 games in this competition, he never managed to get back on the scoring in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Stoke has been playing poorly in the Premier League, lost 4 of the last 5 games and needs to seek recovery to try to get out of the relegation zone. The team has a reasonable attack that has scored 10 goals and is the ninth best of the national, while the defense, on the other hand, has suffered 20 goals and is the most leaked, worth noting that conceded 9 goals in the last 2 games of the competition. Playing away from home, such as this Saturday’s showdown, Stoke are one of four Premier League teams that have yet to win and the most worrying is that they are the third team to have suffered the most as a visitor. For the match against Watford, coach Mark Hughes has the important return of midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, recovered from injury.
Watford – Stoke City : Betting Tips
Watford – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.90
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.80