Looking to finish the job after their second-half collapse in the capital last week, Watford will make the trip to League One strugglers Tranmere on Tuesday night with a spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup up for grabs.
Making yet another statement away at fellow relegation scrappers Bournemouth over the weekend and picking up a 3-0 win at the Vitality, the Hornets have found a route out of the drop zone for the first time this season.
On the flip side, while Watford might find the mood in their camp at a high, Tuesday’s hosts have continued to show some real cause for concern despite their dramatic fight back at Vicarage Road.
Playing out a stalemate away at another struggler in Southend on Saturday, Tranmere still find themselves sat two points adrift of safety in England’s third-tier and Micky Mellon’s men are without a win across any competition since the 21st of December.
With Watford traveling to Merseyside boosted with confidence, you might be interested to know that the Hornets can be found at 4/6 with Coral to come out on top in midweek.
Only a minor bounce for Tranmere
Although Tranmere’s three-goal fight back in the capital may have sent shockwaves across England last week, Tuesday’s hosts could only muster a lacklustre 0-0 draw away at leading relegation contenders Southend over the weekend.
After dealing with a string of off-field issues over the summer, Micky Mellon’s men also put in a dismal display after being hit with a 2-1 defeat against Leicester’s U21’s at Prenton Park last week.
Sat two points adrift of safety and the mood in their camp remaining incredibly fragile, Tranmere have continued to show some glaring issues at the back.
Along with shipping a trio of strikes at Vicarage Road, the Whites have conceded six goals in their last two appearances on Merseyside and can be found priced at 9/4 with William Hill to once again be hit with over 2.5 strikes on Tuesday night.
Even more worrying for fans around Prenton Park, including a 7-0 hammering against Tottenham on home soil last year, Tranmere have shipped 25 goals across their last eight home FA Cup games.
The high-flying Hornets
Putting in one of the performances of the weekend and hitting Bournemouth with a 3-0 defeat at the Vitality, new Watford boss Nigel Pearson has seen his side win each of their last three top-flight matches on the bounce.
Continuing to shine in the final third and climbing out of the bottom-three for the first time this season, the mood around Vicarage Road remains the highest it has been in recent memory and the Hornets are unbeaten in each of their last six appearances on the bounce.
While Pearson is expected to once again make a string of changes in midweek, the one-time Leicester boss could be tempted to hand the in-form Troy Deeney an FA Cup appearance on Tuesday.
Once again finding the net on the South Coast over the weekend, Watford’s attacking talisman has four goals in his last five Premier League matchups and can be found priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes to extend that tally on the road.