With the only Premier League action on Sunday afternoon taking place at Vicarage Road, relegation scrappers Watford will host Southampton from behind closed doors in what is a must-win contest.
Although the Saints may have created a string of chance in midweek, they were hit with a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at St. Mary’s and the South Coast outfit have lost three of their last four top-flight outings either side of the break.
On the flip side, hit with what was a devastating 1-0 defeat away at Turf Moor on Thursday evening, the Hornets still find themselves firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap after winning just one of their last 10 matchups across all competitions.
Holding just a one-point buffer over the bottom-three, Sunday’s hosts could also be concerned by their most recent meeting against the Saints.
Throwing away the lead late on and hit with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at St. Mary’s earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that a similar away victory this weekend can be found priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
Pearson’s attacking headache
While many around Vicarage Road may have billed Watford’s trip to Turf Moor in midweek as a must-win encounter, the Hornets were hit with a devastating 1-0 defeat on Thursday evening.
Now collecting just a single point over their past three Premier League appearances and with just a sole win to their name across any format since January 12th, Nigel Pearson’s men have failed to build off of that stunning 3-0 win against Liverpool prior to the break.
Drawing another blank in Lancashire in midweek, Watford have failed to bag a single goal from open play in almost 300 minutes of action.
Even more worrying for the one-time Leicester boss, with attacking talisman Troy Deeney bagging just a single top-flight goal in his last seven appearances, the Hornets have continued to struggle with their issues in the final third this year.
Recording just 28 Premier League goals so far this season, only rock-bottom Norwich hold a worse attacking record than Sunday’s hosts. You might be interested to know that Watford can be found priced at 5/2 with William Hill to draw another blank at Vicarage Road this weekend.
Southampton – The away day specialists?
Although on paper it might show that Southampton were hit with a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal in midweek, the Saints did create a string of chances, and had it not been for two individual howlers, they could have collected something on Thursday evening.
However, marking their return from the enforced break with what was a rampant second-half display away at Norwich and picking up a thumping 3-0 win, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have continued to shine while away from St. Mary’s.
Despite their continued issues on the South Coast, they have now won five of their last seven Premier League contests on the road, a run that has seen them pick up victories away at both Chelsea and Leicester.
In fact, collecting 23 points on their travels this season, the Saints hold the sixth-best away day record in the Premier League.
With leading marksman Danny Ings continuing to shine this season and also finding the net in Southampton’s 2-1 win against the Hornets earlier in the season, Sunday’s guests can be found priced at 13/8 with Ladbrokes to bag over 1.5 goals this weekend.
Elsewhere, sent off against Arsenal in midweek, defender Jack Stephens will start a three-match suspension and will not travel to the capital on Sunday.