Kick-off: 1800, 07/07/2020
Stadium: Vicarage Road
TV: Sky Sports
Watford have a great chance to boost their survival prospects when hosting fellow strugglers Norwich at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets are only one point above the relegation places after a run of three straight defeats but are still firm favourites against a Norwich team looking destined for the drop.
The Canaries are struggling for goals while Watford have only scored twice in their last five games so backing at least one team not to score at 4/5 is our opening Watford vs Norwich prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford ended Liverpool’s bid to go through the season unbeaten but that stunning 3-0 win back in February must feel a distant memory due to the suspension of the season and their poor form since it resumed.
Nigel Pearson’s men returned with a 1-1 draw against Leicester but have since lost three in a row against Burnley (1-0), Southampton (3-1) and Chelsea (3-0).
It means the pressure is on to get a result against Norwich and Pearson has challenged his squad to reject any fears despite their plight.
“Only we can make sure that we stay in the Premier League,” he said. “We’ve had a really disappointing run of games where we’ve not collected points, but we’re still in contact and we still have opportunities, and that’s the important thing.
“We’ve got to embrace the challenge. There’s no point having any fear in terms of the situation, we need to back ourselves.”
A fast start would do a lot to ease the nerves and Watford have a good record in that regard, having won the first half in their last five games against the bottom six.
Norwich have only managed one first-half goal on their travels this season so the Hornets to win the first half appeals at 6/5 in the Watford vs Norwich odds.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Mariappa, Kiko, Kabasele, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deeney, Sarr.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
Relegation looks inevitable for Norwich after a 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday in what looked a must-win fixture if they were to have any hope of survival.
After four defeats from four since football resumed, the Canaries desperately needed a victory at home to the Seagulls, but lost due to Leandro Trossard’s 25th-minute strike.
Last season’s Championship winners had plenty of possession but struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities of note before substitute Adam Idah headed against the post deep in stoppage time.
Boss Daniel Farke said: “We are not relegated but we all knew it was our last chance and of course we are disappointed with the outcome.”
Norwich have now gone five games without a goal and having lost 2-0 in four away games already this season, as well as in the reverse fixture in November, we’re going for a 2-0 home win at 7/1 as the last of our Watford vs Norwich predictions.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Lewis, Klose, Hernandez, Buendia, McLean, Duda, Tettey, Drmic.
Last Premier League result:
NORWICH 0-1 Brighton
Chelsea 3-0 WATFORD
Head-to-head: Norwich 0-2 Watford, Norwich 4-2 Watford, Watford 2-0 Norwich, Watford 0-3 Norwich, Norwich 3-0 Watford, Watford 2-2 Norwich, Norwich 2-3 Watford
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