Kick-off: 1930, 21/01/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
Watford are on a six-match unbeaten run in the Premier League which includes a 3-0 triumph over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road late on last month.
The Hornets have got into a happy knack of starting strongly, trailing at half-time in just one of their last 12 top-flight fixtures.
Their opponents tend to be slow out of the blocks, so 19/10 for the visitors to be leading at the interval is our initial Aston Villa vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
To be fair, Villa bounced back well from a 6-1 thrashing by Manchester City when coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Brighton on Saturday.
Influential captain Jack Grealish salvaged an important point for relegation-threatened Villa by lashing home his ninth goal of the season with 15 minutes remaining at the Amex Stadium.
“I thought it was a well-deserved point,” said Dean Smith. “A great finish from Jack, but it’s what we’ve come to expect from him and you do start running out of superlatives for him.”
There was also an encouraging debut from Pepe Reina, who pulled off a superb late save to deny Seagulls striker Neal Maupay an acrobatic winner.
The former Spain and Liverpool keeper, signed on loan from AC Milan last week, was a commanding presence on his first Premier League appearance since May 2013.
“He is calmness personified,” added Smith. “You wouldn’t know he was just making his debut for a new team.
“I know he’s a World Cup winner and an experienced goalkeeper, but he showed a lot of calmness on the ball.
“That character that he’s got and that charisma he’s got is rubbing off on people in the team. He’s made a good save around the post, so a telling contribution.”
However, this is a game Villa must target as a winnable opportunity and we fear that may make them vulnerable at the back.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Watford odds, we like 12/5 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Last Villa line-up: Reina, Konsa, Targett, Guilbert, Hause, Mings, Drinkwater, Grealish, Nakamba, Trezeguet, El Ghazi.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford were left to rue Troy Deeney’s missed penalty when drawing 0-0 at home to Tottenham over the weekend.
However, that was another positive performance and the Hornets have now taken 14 points from their last six games.
“I have seen our players again putting in an incredibly honest performance and a good performance,” said Nigel Pearson.
“When I look back at any performance or result, the first thing I do is to think about whether we had the right performance – and we did.
“On another day, maybe I could be sat here talking about winning three points, but it is another hard-fought point and a clean sheet.
“That all suggests to me that this group get the situation we are in.”
Watford stayed a point above Villa and will now look to confirm the superiority of that recent convincing victory over the midlands outfit.
This match seems tailor made for Gerard Deulofeu to sparkle on the break and it is worth noting that three of his four league goals have been the first of the game.
Let’s finish off our Aston Villa vs Watford betting tips by taking 13/2 for the Spanish winger to break the deadlock.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Chalobah, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Sarr.
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