Watford vs Liverpool by Luke
Watford didn't manage to respond last weekend away to Hull, even though their players had all the chances to walk away with something. It must be said that they didn't look inferior prior to the game, while everyone expected them to get something from 25th minute, when the players of Hull remained playing with a man less when their offensive player Niasse got red carded.
However, expect from great amount of ball possession, there was close to nothing what the players of Watford did on the field, while the Tigers looked very dangerous on counter attacks. Markovic brought them into the lead in 62nd minute, while Clucas sealed the victory in 71st, without visitors replying back. Watford is now at thirteenth position and still way off from the relegation battle as they stand with eight points more than relegating placed Swansea, but also having played two matches less then them.
Watford should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, with Niang and Amrabat as wingers, plus Deeney most likely as central striker. Few changes are expected here after their loss to Hull City last time out, while the home side can't count at injured central defender Younes Kaboul (22/2), midfielders Ben Watson (4/0), Roberto Pereyra (13/2) and forward Mauro Zarate (3/0). Participation of central defender Craig Cathcart is doubtful for this one.
Liverpool surprised in a negative way last time out, since the team suffered their first loss after nine matches in Premiership, losing 1:2 in front of own fans against Crystal Palace last weekend. However, the players of Liverpool actually started well in that game, taking the lead in twenty-fourth minute via Coutinho, while the guests replied back in 42nd via Benteke.
Liverpool had much more of the ball possession, but weren't that concrete in attack, while the visitors sealed the three pointer with second goal from Benteke in 74th minute. The team remained third at the table, having same points as fourth placed Manchester City and now needs a three pointer badly in order to get some advantage over the closest followers.
Visitors from Liverpool are set to play in quite offensive 4-3-3 formation, using Firmino, Origi and Coutinho as forwards. Ragnar Klavan and Adam Lallana are aiming to return to first tea action, while manager Jurgen Klopp isn't expected to make many changes here. Injured remain forwards Daniel Sturridge (16/2), Danny Ings (no performance so far in Premiership anyway), offensive midfielder Sadio Mane (27/13) and midfielders Jordan Henderson (24/1) and Ovie Ejaria (2/0).
- Liverpool have won 7 of their last 8 matches against Watford.
Watford looked well in previous few matches in Premiership at home and they should be fired up to do the same against one of the most reputable clubs in the country. Liverpool hasn't been convincing on the road, but after results this round, they again have great chance to make the advantage over City and United in a Champions League exit battle and I see this match being as open as possible, from both sides.