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Watford vs Manchester United Betting Preview | 22 Dec 2019

Watford vs Manchester United Betting Preview | 22 Dec 2019

Booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s EFL Cup in midweek, Manchester United will look to continuing closing the gap on the top-four when they travel to a downbeat Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.

Along with also securing a route to the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League, the former Premier League champions have won four of their last five matches across all competitions and are undoubtedly enjoying their brightest spell of the campaign.

On the flip side, although the mood around Old Trafford might be on the rise, Watford still find themselves firmly sat at the bottom of the table and have managed to record just a single top-flight victory since opening the 2019/2020 season.

Losing four of their last five and seen to be a landslide favourite for the drop next year, the Hornets will also be hugely concerned by their continued issues against Sunday’s guests.

Suffering back-to-back 2-1 defeats last season, Watford have remarkably lost 15 of their previous 16 matches against the Reds and you might be interested to know another United victory can be found at 3/4 with Paddy Power.

Watford’s attacking issues continue

While new Watford boss Nigel Pearson may have seen his side make a string of improvements at Anfield last weekend, the one-time Leicester boss saw his side hit with a 2-0 defeat at the league leaders.

Opening the weekend sat rock-bottom of the standings and chasing down a six-point deficit to Premier League safety, the Hornets have recorded just one win in any of their opening 17 matchups and are seen to be a huge contender to be hit with a Championship return come May.

With the mood around Vicarage Road remaining at a worrying low, Sunday’s hosts are priced at 1/4 with Paddy Power to finish the year in the bottom-three.

A huge part of Watford’s continued struggles nearing closer to Christmas has been some very toothless displays in the final third.

Failing to record a strike in almost 300 minutes of action and finding the net just once in their last five appearances, Pearson’s men can be found pencilled in at 13/8 with Ladbrokes to draw another blank on home soil this weekend.

United on the rise?

Eventually picking up a 3-0 win over League Two outfit Colchester on Wednesday night to book their spot in the semi-final of this year’s EFL Cup, the mood in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s camp is quickly on the rise.

Still boosted by their back-to-back 2-1 victories over Tottenham and local rivals Man City earlier in the month, the former champions now have their sights firmly set on mounting a top-four return.

Sat just four points adrift of the Champions League spots, the Reds can be found as high as 4/1 with Ladbrokes to clinch a top-four finish next year.

If United are to extend on their stellar record against Watford this weekend, then Sunday’s traveling support will be calling on England international Marcus Rashford to lead their charge.

Finding the net against Colchester in midweek, the forward has continued on quite the goalscoring run after bagging 14 goals in his last 16 appearances for club and country.

Also bagging back-to-back strikes away from Old Trafford, the 22-year-old can be found priced at 6/5 with 888sport to extend on that tally this week.

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