Reigniting their top-four charge since opening February, Manchester United will look to extend on their unbeaten run when they welcome Watford to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Landing what was a hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Belgium outfit Club Brugge in their Europa League first-leg on Thursday, the former Premier League champions are unbeaten in their last five appearances, including an eye-catching 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week.
On the flip side, while the Reds might have their sights set on mounting a European charge, Watford appear to have slipped back to their old ways over the past month and once again find themselves sat in the bottom-three.
Throwing away back-to-back leads against fellow strugglers Brighton and Everton over the past month, Nigel Pearson’s men have landed just a sole victory across any competition since New Year’s Day.
Although the Hornets may have picked up a shock 2-0 win when they welcomed United to Vicarage Road over the festive period, Sunday’s guests do hold a worrying record at Old Trafford.
Not recording a victory in Manchester since October 1978, you might be interested to know that betting offers like a home victory can be found priced at 3/5 with Ladbrokes for this weekend.
Anthony Martial to steal the show?
Managing to pick up what could turn out to be a crucial away goal in Belgium on Thursday night and extending their unbeaten run to five matches on the bounce, Manchester United now sit within touching distance of finding a shock route back into the top-four.
Helped by what was an eye-catching 2-0 win away at Chelsea on Monday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit three points adrift of the Champions League spots and fans around Old Trafford should be boosted by Anthony Martial’s recent run of form.
With it confirmed that MVP Marcus Rashford is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a back injury, the former Monaco starlet is set to take on a fair share of United’s goalscoring duties.
Finding the net in the Europa League on Thursday night and also scoring a well glanced header at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week, the 24-year-old can be found priced at 1/1 with 888sport to extend on that tally this weekend.
Elsewhere, after coming off the bench since securing what was a shock January switch, former Watford striker Odion Ighalo could be handed a maiden Premier League start on Sunday.
Where now for Watford?
Watching Brighton snatch a late point and once again slipping back into the drop zone, Nigel Pearson’s side appear to have come crashing back down to earth after a bright start to 2020.
Including crashing out of the FA Cup away at Tranmere last month, Watford have lost three of their last four and are without a win over the past seven weeks.
Now shipping at least a pair of goals in three of their last four outings and continuing to show some glaring issues at the back, you might be interested to know that Watford can be found priced at 4/6 with Paddy Power to once again ship over 1.5 goals on Sunday.
While the one-time Leicester boss did receive a string of praise for his immediate impact at Vicarage Road, the Hornets once again threw away another lead at the Amex last weekend and the mentality in their camp is coming under some scrutiny.
Including watching a 10-man Everton come from two goals down earlier in the month, Watford have dropped 17 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season including eight across their last three games – only West Ham (19) have dropped more points from winning positions.