The Hornets entertain Wolves on New Year’s day having put together a run of decent results. They will be full of confidence and hoping to start the year as they left the last.
Wolves lost out to Liverpool in a controversial 1-0 defeat on Sunday. They will be looking to return to winning ways and continue their assault on finishing in a European spot.
Check out our predictions for the game including our best bet.
Watford vs Wolves – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick Off Time: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Andy Madley
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be shown live on BT Sport to viewers in the UK. You can tune in on your TV or on any device with the BT Sport app, making sure you never have to miss a moment.
Watford vs Wolves – The Form Guide
Watford were bottom of the league for 13 consecutive weeks and looked set for the drop. However, since Nigel Pearson took over things have been looking up. The Hornets recorded a 3-0 weekend over relegation rivals Aston Villa last time out; it was the first time they have scored three in a Premier League game since April and will give them a spring in their step.
Before the impressive win over the Villans, Watford held on for a draw against high-flying Sheffield United and beat Manchester United 2-0. They had troubles scoring at the beginning of the season but have been now scored in three straight games for the first time this campaign. Troy Deeney is back after injury, and the Hornets will be hoping to sting Wolves on Wednesday.
Wolves have been enjoying a good start to the season. They are 7th in the table, only five points away from the Champions League spots and have progressed to the knock-out stages of the Europa League. After 20 games they have seven league wins, which is only bettered by the top six, and have scored six more goals than they had at this stage last season. By all accounts, an excellent return.
In saying that, Wolves have also lost four and in controversial fashion. They led Spurs before being beaten 2-1 at home a few games ago and they will be bitterly disappointed at losing out to Liverpool last time out. Pedro Neto had a goal ruled out as a player was deemed to be offside by VAR by a matter of centimetres. Furthermore, Liverpool had a goal allowed by VAR with a handball in the build-up. Nuno Espirito Santo will need to get his team to channel that disappointment into something positive.
Watford Team News
Adrian Mariappa will miss out for the Hornets having picked up two yellow cards in the win over Villa.
Aside from the suspension, Pearson also has a number of injuries to contend with. Tom Cleverley and Will Hughes are out in midfield, leaving the Hornets short in the position.
At the back, Jose Holebas, Daryl Janmaat, and Sebastian Prodl are all ruled out through injury while Danny Wellbeck also remains out in attack.
Watford Predicted line-up: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Capoue, Chalobah; Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu; Deeney
Wolves Team News
Adama Traore was rested for part of the Liverpool game but will be expected to return to the starting XI here.
Injuries aren’t a huge concern for Nuno who is only without Wily Body and Morgan Gibbs-White, but he does need to be considering tired legs.
Wolves are playing less than 72 hours after their defeat to Liverpool, so we could see a couple of changes with the likes of Joao Moutinho due a game out.
Wolves Predicted line-up: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny; Traore, Jota, Jimenez
Watford vs Wolves Latest Odds
Watford have improved greatly lately, but have lost 50% of their 20 games this season while Wolves have lost only 20%. Nuno’s team have been playing some fine football including an impressive 3-2 win over Manchester City on the 27th of this month. We think that this match might just be a step too far for Watford, and the odds suggest the same.
Wolves are 13/10 (2.33) with Unibet to claim all three points, and on balance of form – we reckon that’s a great price. Watford are of course at home, but the 23/10 (3.3) seems a bit short considering their opponents.
The last time these two played out a draw was back in the Championship in 2015; for one this time around you’ll get a decent 49/20 (3.45) with Unibet.
Watford vs Wolves Score Prediction
The Hornets are looking to make it four games in a row in which they score. They haven’t managed more than two so far this season and with Wolves on good form, we can see them falling short. Adama Traore will inject a lot of pace into the Wolves midfield with the likes of Raul Jiminez ready to pounce. Although Watford are playing better, we can see Wolves narrowly winning.
Watford vs Wolves Betting Tip
There are a lot of positives for Watford to take from their Villa victory, but from a betting point of view, it’s hard to back them to win. They have yet to record back-to-back league victories this season and beating Wolves is a tough ask.
The Hornets will make it a difficult day for Wolves to create chances, but with Wolves enjoying one of their highest-scoring seasons we can see them getting the better of their London rivals.
Watford could find a way through with Troy Deeney upfront, and Gerald Dacoure has also been in good form. However, we still think Wolves will get all three points here.
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