Burnley v Watford Prediction & Betting Tips, 9th December 20177th December 2017 / lee
Burnley v Watford Premier League Preview, 9th December 3.00pm
This should be a pretty good game from Turf Moor. The Clarets suffered a loss at Leicester last weekend so need to show some character to bounce back from that. They have been strong at home all season though and will give the Hornets a run for their money. Watford collected a good point against Spurs last weekend but failed, in the end, to really take advantage of the Lilywhites having gone down to ten men. Burnley are 11/8 to pick up the home win, with Watford at 2/1 and the draw at 11/5.
Burnley News and Form
The Clarets are still sitting in the top seven in the league heading into the weekend, but with two defeats in their last three games played (against Leicester and Arsenal), they just need to steady the ship a bit. Defensively they still look pretty rock solid though as both of those defeats were only by a 1-0 scoreline. They went down 1-0 against Arsenal in their last home game, denied a point by a penalty conceded in stoppage time. That takes them to a W3 D2 L2 record in their seven home fixtures this season and they will see this as a good chance to snap back to winning form perhaps. Still, you wouldn’t expect them to come out and light up the scoreboard so under 2.5 goals with William Hill has to be a realistic prospect at 8/13. With the Clarets having taken a clean sheet in four of their seven home games this season, you can back them to blank the Hornets in this one for odds of 13/8. Chris Wood is the 7/4 market leader in the anytime goalscorer market and up in the correct score market a Burnley 1-0 is a 6/1 poke with only the 1-1 shorter at 11/2.
Watford News and Form
The Hornets have been enjoying a good season and are just a place beneath the clarets heading into the weekend. They collected a good point against Spurs at home last weekend, but having played most of the second half with a man advantage, they did disappoint in not taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Watford are W2 D1 L1 then in their last four league games and they have scored in each of their last five league outings. So they will carry a threat and Troy Deeney and Andre Gray are 2/1 William Hill anytime goalscorer options for them. The away form of Watford this season reads W4 D1 L2 and they only snapped a two match losing streak on their travels with a victory at Newcastle last time out on the road. Defensively they have had their struggles at time with only the two clean sheets in their last nine league games played. 71% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals this season and 60% of their away goals have cropped up in the second half of matches and 70% of the goals they have conceded on the road have all been in the second half of games. To their credit, though they have scored the first goal in five of their seven away games this season and they scored two goals exactly in both of their defeats away from home (v Chelsea and Everton). The Hornets have scored at least two goals in each of their away games this term.
Burnley v Watford Head to Head
Last season there were home wins traded by the pair and both scored exactly two goals to get their win. Things are really tight between them from the most recent history as they have both won one and drawn four of the last six clashes. Five of the last eight games between Burnley and Watford in the league have ended in a draw.
Who will win – Burnley v Watford Predictions
Burnley have done well enough on home soil to sneak a win in this one. Watford surprisingly didn’t push on aggressively against ten-man Spurs last weekend and they may have troubles in breaking down the tough Burnley defence. Look for a home win.
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