Watford plays host to Liverpool at Vicarage Road Saturday evening in a match where the Reds are record hunting. They are currently on 18 wins on the spin, a record shared currently shared with Manchester City. They might deny it, but who would not want to claim a record by themselves when given the chance?
Watford produced another very poor display on their trip to Old Trafford as they were defeated 3-0 by Manchester United. The “honeymoon” with manager Nigel Pearsons seems well and truly over. Relegation is lurking its ugly head and things are not about to get easier Saturday evening. Watford looked bound for a great escape earlier this season as former Leicester-supremo Pearson took charge. He guided them off the bottom of the Premier League table, but after a poor run, they once again find their confidence dwindling.
There is plenty of time yet for them to turn things around. They have looked a shadow of the team that embarked on a five-match unbeaten streak just before Christmas though. It is the defensive solidity that will worry Nigel Pearson. Watford is the joint lowest scorers in the top flight. They have failed to score in 44 per cent of their matches this season.
The Hornets are now without a win in their last five matches in the Premier League and face a very difficult game as they host Liverpool. Kiko Femenia could come back into contention for this fixture. Pearson has also stated that Daryl Janmaat has a chance of making the squad. The Hornets are now without a win in their last five matches in the Premier League and face a very difficult game as they host Liverpool. Kiko Femenia could come back into contention for this fixture. Pearson has also stated that Daryl Janmaat has a chance of making the squad.
Liverpool was given a scare by West Ham but ultimately prevailed to keep their superb winning streak intact on Monday night. They were not at their best as “Hammers” took the game to them, but the visitors were unable to hold on. It would have been an immensely surprising win, instead, The Reds are now unbeaten in their last 36 Premier League matches.
With now 18 wins on the bounce they are looking to take the record for themselves Saturday night. They are tied with Manchester City on 18 wins, while 19 will give them sole ownership of the record. Watford has lost 9 of their last 10 matches against top 6 opposition. They do not come much more “top 6” as Liverpool at the moment. It is hard not to look at the away win in the betting market.