A 1-1 draw with Belgian outfit Club Brugge might not have set the world on fire for Manchester United fans hoping for European glory. Most of them will have fond memories of Monday night though when United took a vital 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. They are still heavily favoured to progress in the Europa League with the second leg being played at Old Trafford.
All in all, The Red Devils are in a relatively decent spell of form right now. They are unbeaten in five competitive matches and have won against Chelsea and Manchester City in this spell. Not only that, but victory on Sunday could potentially see them move into the Premier League top four, although that’s more down to other teams’ ineptitude rather than their own performances this term. But United fans probably could not care less as long as the fourth spot is secured.
Watford, meanwhile, is in another rough patch of form after Nigel Pearson’s honeymoon period came screeching to a halt. The Hornets are winless in five games in all competitions, losing three of them which keeps them firmly placed in the relegation zone. Victory on Sunday could move them into safety. Even with Manchester United not at their best this encounter does not have “away win” written all over it.
Watford has won just two Premier League away games all season, losing on seven occasions whilst conceding 1.77 goals per game on average. Their hosts have only lost two home games in the league this season too. To get anything from this trip to Manchester looks a tall order for the Hornets.
Nigel Pearson’s team, or rather various versions of it. Have lost all six of their Premier League trips to Old Trafford. They have not won any of their 12 away trips in the league at Manchester United’s. Combined with their recent downturn in form, it makes backing a Manchester United win an attractive option.
Watford has conceded exactly two goals in four of their last seven leagues away matches. On average they have let in 1.85 goals per away game this season. The home side has only kept two clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League home games. They have averaged 1.6 goals per game in this period. Both to score might therefore also be worth a shot.