Watford vs Aston Villa Prediction and Betting Preview, 28 Dec 2019

The Match Is Over. Score: 3-0
Watford vs Aston Villa Prediction and Preview for Saturday's EPL fixture. Two sides involved in the Premier League relegation dog-fight will be tussling it out for the right to retain their top-flight status come the end of the season, when Watford welcome Aston Villa to Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Match status: 2019/20 Premier League - Matchweek 20
Kick-off:
Venue: Vicarage Road (Watford)
The Villa have performed much better than the hosts this season, yet both sides remain in the relegation zone. The visitors sit a spot ahead of the Hornets in 18th place, having amassed a measly 18 points from 19 games, five points ahead of Watford.

Though both sides are currently battling to retain their Premier League status, Nigel Pearson’s men are in a more precarious situation. A whopping nine points away from safety, their counterparts are just a single point behind 17th-placed West Ham United.

Following their shocking 2-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend, confidence is sky-high within the Hornet’s dressing room. They will be looking to build on that favourable result by clinching maximum points against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Watford v Aston Villa Team News

Watford gave their fans something to cheer about on Boxing Day with another positive result against newly-promoted Sheffield United on the road, following their victory over Manchester United last weekend.

A drab one-all draw at Bramall Lane, the visitors were required to dig really deep to salvage a very important point against the Blades. Having picked four points in their last two Premier League fixtures, the Hornets appear to have gotten their season right back on track.

Goalie Heurelho deserved all the plaudits that were coming his way in the aftermath of the game following his exploits against Sheffield. He turned savior for Nigel Pearson, producing unbelievable saves to salvage an important point for his side.

Aston Villa, on the other hand, were the happier of the two sides on Boxing Day having secured victory against basement club Norwich City. They laid blood and sweat bare on the pitch, managing to post a 1-0 score-card to clinch maximum points against the Canaries.

Following the victory, they are a single point shy of safety and the fans will want a reaction from their players on Saturday as they look to steer clear from the relegation zone. A win against Watford with other results going their way should be enough to see them climb up the ladder.

Nigel Pearson is unlikely to utilize the same tactics that saw him secure favourable results against Manchester United and Sheffield United in this fixture. The manager is expected to ditch his defensive approach whilst favouring a more attack-minded game against the Villans.

The visitors have a rotten record on their travels having registered a single away win all season – that win coming against basement club Norwich City back in October. They easily have the worst away record in the league and concede a lot of goals on the road.

Both teams last clashed in the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, the home side coming out tops in both home and away fixtures against Aston Villa. They posted an identical 3-2 scorecard in both games.

Injured or Suspended Players:

Watford: José Holebas, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Sebastian Prödl, Daryl Janmaat.

Aston Villa: Jed Steer, John McGinn.

Head-to-Head EPL Record: Watford v Aston Villa

2015/16 Premier League
Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

2015/16 Premier League
Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

2006/07 Premier League
Aston Villa 2-0 Watford

2006/07 Premier League
Watford 0-0 Aston Villa

Pre-Match Odds:

Watford - 2.04
Draw - 3.88
Aston Villa - 3.68

All odds are with BetWinner and are subject to change.


Watford vs Aston Villa Predictions

It goes without saying that the hosts head into this game in high spirits, having pulled off a Christmas miracle against Manchester United and managed a draw against Sheffield United. Those results have seen them finally usurp Norwich City into 19th position on the log. A cat and mouse game expected at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Watford are expected to clinch maximum points, albeit by a solitary goal.
Main Match Predictions:
Home Win @ 2.03
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Correct Score:
Watford 1-0 Aston Villa @ 10.00
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