It’s bottom against second-bottom on Friday night as Norwich host Watford at Carrow Road. Both teams are in terrible form with Watford the only remaining winless team in the league.
This could be the chance to kick-start one of these side's season, with both in need of a confidence boost. Norwich has yet to keep a clean sheet at home in the Premier League, but can Watford continue the trend? Find out where we see the value for the first game of the weekend.
Norwich v Watford – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Carrow Road
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the Premier League’s basement clubs go head-to-head live on Sky Sports Main Event.
Referee Andre Marriner
Norwich v Watford – The Form Guide
The stats don’t make for good reading for Norwich fans. The Canaries have failed to register a Premier League win since the remarkable 3-2 win over Manchester City back in September. Since then, they have gone on to lose five of their last six picking up only a single point. Perhaps even more telling is that they have scored only twice in that time while shipping 14 at the other end. On top of that, they have conceded 14 goals in five home games this season, with at least one goal in each match.
Likewise, Watford is struggling this term and struggling badly. They may be without injured captain Troy Deeney but the Hornets just can’t seem to capture any form at all. They are bottom of the table with five points from 11 games; at the same stage last season they had already amassed 19. There have been some glimpses of what could have been for Watford but with only six goals scored all season, they need to find their shooting boots and fast.
What is the Team News?
Daniel Farke will be pleased to see his injury list reduced since the beginning of September, with key players returning to the squad.
Defenders Zimmerman and Hanley remain sidelined for Norwich and long-term absentee Klose will also be missing.
Farke could call Vrancic back to his starting 11 as he returns from an illness.
Watford’s injury woes continue this weekend. Captain Troy Deeney was seen in training but has not been deemed fit enough to play, while fellow forwards Danny Wellbeck and Ismailia Sarr are also ruled out.
In the midfield, Domingos Quina is out and Tom Cleverley along with Etinees Capoue is doubtful.
Craig Cathcart could also miss out should he not be able to shake off his knock.
Norwich Predicted line-up: Krul; Aarons, Tettey, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, McLean; Buendia, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki
Watford Predicted line-up: Foster; Janmaat, Kabasele, Dawson, Mariappa, Masina; Deulofeu, Doucoure, Chalobah, Pereyra; Gray
Norwich v Watford Latest Odds
It’s no surprise that these two are so close in the betting markets. Home side Norwich is available across the board at around 13/8 (2.62) with Watford edging it at 8/5 (2.6). It’s difficult to separate them in terms of who has the better team, so this one could come down to luck. For some, this game has stalemate written all over it and if you’re one of those people, get 5/2 (3.5) for the draw at betway.
Norwich v Watford Score Prediction
It should be a very close game and with both sets of forwards mis-firing. Both side's goalkeepers have arguably been their best players in the last few games and could be hard to beat. We don’t think this will be a particularly beautiful game to watch, but we do expect a couple of scruffy goals. We’re going for a 2-1 victory for the home side. Betway have this priced at a decent 9/1, so could be worth a punt.
Norwich v Watford Betting Tip
This one comes down to who wants it more. Norwich have played their best games against the ‘top six’ and need to find that fire for all opponents. Teemu Pukki had started the season so promisingly and is surely due another goal soon. Tim Kruhl has been a rock at the back and if Norwich can keep it tight, they could claim all three points. Between the Watford sticks, Ben Foster played a cracker against Chelsea. Not only did he make a number of saves, but he almost headed home an equaliser at the death. He will be difficult to beat so the Norwich forwards will have to be on form.
It looks as though Norwich can offer a little more in terms of attacking quality at the minute, so we’re giving the nod to them. We’re tipping a half-time/full-time of X/1 at 11/2 (6.5) with betway.