Fresh from their European heroics, Burnley welcome Watford to Lancashire in what promises to be a fascinating encounter on Sunday. The dream run continues for the Clarets who eliminated Istanbul Bayaksehir over two legs to progress to the final round of Europa League qualifying whilst Watford started their season with a Premier League win and should arrive at Turf Moor full of confidence.
English Premier League
Burnley vs Watford
Sunday 19th August 2018
Kick-off: 13.30 GMT
Match Winner Odds:
Burnley – $2.5 – Bet 365
Watford – $3.5 – Betfair
Draw – $3.12 – Marathon Bet
The Clarets continue to impress under Sean Dyche – who has built one of the strongest squads in the Premier League on a shoestring budget.
Their 0-0 draw at Southampton on the opening day was testament to their resilience and they will be hoping to be finishing in the top half once again this term.
Chris Wood is the talisman for Burnley and the New Zealand international will be keen to get his season up and running here.
Form: Last 5 Matches: W D D W D
The Hornets are one of the favourites to get relegated this season but Javi Gracia’s men started the season well – winning 2-0 at home to Brighton.
Their summer recruitment was sparse with Gerard Deulofeu the headline acquisition and they survival is sure to be their priority this term.
Troy Deeney is the club captain and his bustling approach is often very effective in the Premier League.
Form: Last 5 Matches: W L W L D
Head to Head
Burnley edge the head to head between the teams – leading 19:12 whilst another 9 matches between the sides have ended as draws.
Burnley did the double over Watford last season – winning 2-1 at Vicarage Road in April and picking up a 1-0 win over the Hornets in the corresponding fixture last December.
Predicted Starting Line Ups:
|Joe Hart (GK)||Ben Foster (GK)|
|Matt Lowton||Daryl Jaanmat|
|Ben Mee||Craig Cathcart|
|James Tarkowski||Christian Kabasele|
|Stephen Ward||Jose Holebas|
|Jack Cork||Abdoulae Doucoure|
|Ashley Westwood||Étienne Capoue|
|Aaron Lennon||Will Hughes|
|Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson||Roberto Pereyra|
|Ashley Barnes||Andre Gray|
|Chris Wood||Troy Deeney|
Odds and Predictions
Despite both sides being built from the back, both sides will see this as a very winnable game and will want to push forward wherever possible.
Both teams to score – YES – looks really good value bet at $2.15 with Ladbrokes.
Chris Wood will lead the line for Burnley and the New Zealander is prolific – particularly in front of his home fans at Turf Moor.
Chris Wood to score anytime looks a brilliant bet at $2.92 with Sporting Bet.
This could be a real battle between two combative sides that will be desperate not to be beaten here.
Under 2.5 goals in the game looks a shrewd move at $1.54 with 188 Bet.
Burnley will more than fancy their chances here but their European exploits may take it out of them here and Watford well nick a point on the road.
The match to finish as a draw is a very good punt at $3.12 with Marathon Bet.
Burnley 1 – 1 Watford – $6.5 with Coral.
Top Betting Tip
Turf Moor is sure to be rocking once again and Burnley should dominate proceedings but after having to endure 120 minutes of football on Thursday night, fatigue could be an issue and Watford could capitalise.
The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score looks an unbelievable bet at $4.8 with Bet Victor.