Watford welcome struggling Huddersfield Town to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, with the home side looking to build on a fine win over Wolves last weekend. That victory for the Hornets saw them end a run of four Premier League games without a victory. The Terriers, though, find themselves locked into a relegation battle already, having not managed to record a victory in the Premier League yet this season. If Watford are serious about challenging for a European place this season then this is the kind of game that they should be looking to win, and win well. The Terriers, meanwhile, desperately need to pick up some points, and manager David Wagner might well see a point as a positive result.
Watford vs Huddersfield Town Prediction: Watford 2-0 Huddersfield
Our prediction is that the home side will win this game fairly comfortably. It has become apparent as the season has progressed that Huddersfield do not have enough quality to threaten many Premier League sides. The Terriers have lost four out of their last five league games, with their solitary bright spot in that run being a 1-1 draw away at Burnley. Watford have also struggled to win games in recent weeks, but returned to form with a 2-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. We suspect that they will repeat that scoreline on Saturday afternoon.
Our recommended tip: Watford 2-0
Our featured tip for this game comes from William Hill, where you can get odds of 13/2 on Watford winning the game 2-0. That scoreline matches our prediction for how the game will turn out. We believe that the Hornets will have too much quality for the Terriers to cope with, and they should win the game fairly comfortably. Watford got their season back on track with a win over Wolves last weekend, and will want to continue that momentum this Saturday. Two goals looks like a reasonable expectation for the margin of victory, and odds of 13/2 offer temptingly good value.
These two teams played each other for the first time in the Premier League last season, when they met twice. Huddersfield won both of those games. The first was at Vicarage Road in December 2017, and was won by Terriers in emphatic style, with the Yorkshire outfit triumphing 4-1.
The second game was at the John Smith’s Stadium in April 2018, and was won 1-0 by Huddersfield. Those three points played an important part in the Terriers’ successful bid to avoid relegation at the end of the season. Tom Ince scored the goal in injury time at the end of the second half.
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Players to watch: Abdoulaye Doucouré & Aaron Mooy
Watford’s French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré is yet to find the net himself so far this season, but he has weighed in with four assists. He has passed the ball 466 times in 2018/19, and created two big chances for his team. Crucially, he has also played 23 accurate long balls, highlighting his creativity. If the Hornets want to win on Saturday, they will need Doucouré to be at his creative, probing best.
Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy remains one of Huddersfield’s better players, despite his team’s struggles this season. The hard-working Aussie international will need to play well to keep the likes of Doucoure quiet on Saturday. He has made more passes than any other Terriers player this season, having passed 417 times. His 19 tackles show that he knows how to defend too. He has also made 12 shots, so could be the man to score a crucial goal.