With just one Premier League (PL) point from the last 15 available (D1, L4), Watford’s misery is relentless. Each of those defeats saw the ‘Hornets’ concede exactly once from open play beyond the 80th minute, after the prior defensive integrity that consistently saw the opposition stand goalless after 30 minutes.
Averaging a paltry 0.2 goals on-average across their last five home games, Watford is winless in 12 PL home fixtures (D5, L7). The last three of the defeats each saw their opponents’ decisive winning goal arrive inside the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Manchester United’s equalizer v Everton (Dec 15) extended their unbeaten PL run to six matches (W3, D3), with the last two wins seeing United benefit from a penalty. Every one of those six matches saw both teams score.
An away win here would be United’s first run of two in the PL since February. Impressively, both of their road triumphs in the league so far this term saw them score exactly twice inside the opening half-hour. They did, however, allow their opponents a late consolation beyond the 80th minute on both occasions.
layers to watch: Gerard Deulofeu remains Watford’s last match-winner and home scorer. Six of his last seven goals have changed the scoreline (either way) to one separating the teams by a single goal.
United boy Mason Greenwood’s star is rising, with Sunday’s equalizer vs Everton marking his third goal in four to arrive beyond the hour mark.
Stat attack: Watford is without a first-half goal in their last six PL home games.
Their last four PL home H2Hs vs United (W1, L3) each saw the victor win the first half to-nil.
United’s current win-rate as a PL away favorite this term is just 14.29% – down 39.56% from last season.
Will not play
Referee: Mason L. (Eng),
Venue: Vicarage Road (Watford)
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