The mis-match of the season so far and you probably couldn’t pick a more one-sided game than this if you tried. No Watford fan or player will be looking forward to travelling to top of the table, Liverpool.
The only positive for Watford going into this game is Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet at home this season in eight games, Watford could at least be hopeful of scoring on Saturday.
But this is the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to keep their first ‘home’ clean sheet of the season having kept two consecutive clean sheets on the road. The first came against Bournemouth last weekend and was quickly followed last Tuesday against a Salzburg team who had scored in every game this season.
That will have been a big confidence booster to the Liverpool defence.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has also been very open about how important clean sheets are to him and after that first clean sheet in 14 games v Bournemouth, it was the most used word after the match.
Watford on the other hand are the lowest-scoring team in the league this season, with only nine goals in 16 games, an average of 0.56 goals a game.
Everything points to Liverpool keeping their first home clean sheet of the season.
Selection: Liverpool to ‘win to nil’ at evens.
The Reds are also scoring for fun lately and a really ‘big’ win at home is on the horizon. This is a perfect opportunity for Liverpool to rack up a big score.
Even if the home side rotate their front three, whoever comes in will be hungry to impress, as we have seen with Shaqiri & Origi getting among the goals against Everton.
Watford on the other hand have conceded the third most goals in the league – 30 goals in just 16 games.
Selection: Liverpool -2 @ 6/4 looks a good shout.
With the team likely to be rotated for this game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to start. He has been in excellent form lately when he’s been called upon and will fancy his chances to grab a goal against a weak Watford side.
Selection: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score first @ 7/1.
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