In what is a real relegation six-pointer at the foot of the Premier League table, Watford will make the trip to Villa Park on Tuesday night with their sights set on widening their buffer over the bottom-three.
While the Hornets may have been disappointed to have only taken a point off of Tottenham over the weekend, they have made a string of improvements since appointing Nigel Pearson and are in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Villa may have grabbed their own point against Brighton on Saturday, the hosts find themselves in the midst of a growing crisis and open the midweek fixtures sat a point adrift of safety and Tuesday’s guests.
Sadly for fans around the Midlands, they will also be concerned by their most recent meetings against Pearson’s men.
Hit with a 3-0 hammering when they made the trip to Vicarage Road over the festive period, the Hornets have won each of their last three matchups against Villa and you might be interested to know that a similar outcome can be found priced at 11/8 with Coral.
Grealish saves the day
While Aston Villa may have managed to battle from a goal behind to snatch what could be a crucial point away at the Amex over the weekend, Dean Smith’s men still find themselves in the midst of a four-match winless run.
With the former Brentford boss dealing with what is becoming an increasing injury crisis at Villa Park, there is no doubt that Tuesday’s hosts could still be feeling the effects of their 6-1 hammering against Manchester City last week.
Still on the hunt for a replacement for the injured Wesley who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, the Villains have been unable to call upon a recognized striker for their last three matches on the bounce.
If the summer big spenders are to extend their Premier League status this year, then there is no doubt that Smith will be looking for attacking MVP Jack Grealish to lead their charge.
Bagging the equalizer against Brighton over the weekend, the Villa skipper has scored nine goals across all formats this season, including two in his last three top-flight appearances.
You might be interested to know that Grealish can be found at 9/5 with Paddy Power to extend on that tally in midweek.
Watford’s defensive resolve
While Watford were rightfully disappointed to have only grabbed a point off of Tottenham over the weekend, the Hornets once again impressed and most felt that they deserved to leave Vicarage Road with maximum points.
Transforming into one of the Premier League’s inform outfits under one-time Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, Tuesday’s guests find themselves in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run that stems back to the 14th of December.
Finding a route out of the drop zone for the first time this season, a huge part of Watford’s stellar resurge has been thanks to some continued resolve at the back.
Recording yet another clean sheet against the top-four hopefuls on Saturday lunchtime, the Hornets have now recorded back-to-back clean sheets and have conceded just a single in any of their last four Premier League outings.
Also coming away unscathed when they picked up their 3-0 win over Villa last month, Pearson’s men can be found priced at 5/2 with 888Sport to secure another clean sheet in midweek.