Watford v Liverpool Betting Tips – 12th August 2017

Publish: 08.10.2017

Watford and Liverpool get their Premier League season underway at Vicarage Road early on Saturday afternoon.

Every team in the league have hopes and goals for the coming campaign but you get the feeling it is a particularly important season for Watford and Liverpool.

After a shocking final few months of last season, Watford needs to regroup under a new manager, Marco Silva, while Liverpool are looking to kick on under Jurgen Klopp and put together a title challenge.

Top Betting Tips

Watford/Draw double chance at 8/5 with Bet365

Both teams to score at 10/11 with Betfred

Under 1.5 first half goals at 27/50 with Marathonbet

Second half to have most goals at 11/10 with Sportingbet

Betting Analysis

Liverpool have a very strong record against Watford. The Reds have won all but one of their last nine meetings against the Hornets and they are the odds-on favourites to claim yet another win in this fixture.

Klopp has some top quality players at his disposal but this is the sort of game that Liverpool have struggled in since the German took over at the club.

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool lost 3-0 at Vicarage Road in December 2015 and dropped points from very winnable games with alarming regularity last season.

The arrival of Silva at Watford has lifted the place and they should be able to avoid an opening day defeat so back the Watford/draw double chance at 8/5 with Bet365.

If Watford are to get at least a point there is little doubt that they’ll have to score.

Liverpool have been rocked by the news that Adam Lallana will miss the first few months of the season through injury but Klopp has ample attacking players to replace him. Watford will need the most from their own forwards but the Liverpool defence has never been rock solid under Klopp so back both teams to score at 10/11 with Betfred.

The combination of a 12:30 kickoff, early season nerves and a lack of match sharpness means that this game could take a little time to get going.

That leads us to two bets.

The first is under 1.5 first half goals at 27/50 with Marathonbet and the second is for the second half to have more goals than the first at 11/10 with Sportingbet.

Key Battles

There was a great amount of interest in Jurgen Klopp before he came to the Premier League. His Borussia Dortmund team were known for their ‘rock and roll football’ which saw them get the ball into attacking positions quickly and then utilising their world class forwards to blow away the opposition.

At their best, Liverpool have been able to ape that Dortmund team under Klopp but they’ve too often been slow on the ball which allows their opponents to reset and restrict their space.

Watford are expected to be very well organised under Marco Silva’s stewardship. They’ll likely get better in that regard the longer than Silva gets to spend with his players but he had an instant impact at Hull so the Hornets should be able to frustrate Liverpool for large periods of Saturday’s game.

This isn’t going to quite be a battle of attack versus defence but expects Liverpool to have the majority of possession and for Watford to try and exploit counter-attacking opportunities whenever they are presented.

Match Stats

  • Liverpool won both of their games against Watford last season, including a 6-1 thumping at Anfield
  • After securing their Premier League survival, Watford’s form hit the skids last year while there were rumours of discontent under former manager, Walter Mazzarri
  • Watford only secured 28 points at home last season which looks even worse when you consider that Liverpool picked up 35 points on their travels

Predicted Line-Up

Watford – Gomes; Janmaat, Kaboul, Britos, Holebas; Doucourè, Chalobah, Amrabat, Cleverley, Pereyra; Okaka

Liverpool – Mignolet; Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Flanagan; Milner, Can, Mane, Salah, Firmino; Origi