Watford Premier League Betting Preview

Watford Betting Odds

Watford Betting Preview

Watford are another of those teams that will have a few quid backing them at big odds to win the Premier League by those that believe Leicester City’s success last season is going to be replicated by another rank outsider this term.  

Watford really don’t look worth consideration for any of the top six betting markets, but given how well-run and ambitious they are and how well they adapted after promotion last season, the Hornets are currently available at a stand-out 10/1 with Bet365 to secure a top 10 finish.  A top-half finish certainly can’t be taken for granted, but it’s a price that does look worth an interest.

Odds of 5/2 for relegation look too short to have any appeal, with Watford’s squad having enough experience and quality to keep them clear of trouble again.  

Watford made it to the FA Cup semi-finals last season and with a decent draw, coupled with avoiding any distractions from battling for their top-flight survival, they might be worth a small wager at big odds for either trophy.

Transfer Window

In

  • Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool)
  • Christian Kabasele (Genk)
  • Isaac Success (Granada)
  • Pervis Estupinan (Udinese – season loan)

Out

  • Alfie Young (out of contract)
  • George Byers (Swansea City)
  • Jorell Johnson (out of contract)
  • Josh Doherty (Leyton Orient)
  • Miguel Layun (Porto)
  • Bernard Mensah (out of contract)
  • Mahlondo Martin (out of contract)
  • Luke Simpson (out of contract)
  • Joel Ekstrand (out of contract)
  • Uche Ikpeazu (out of contract)
  • Gabriele Angella (Udinese)
  • Jose Manuel Jurado (Espanyol)
  • Adalberto Penaranda (Udinese – season loan)

Watford’s record 2015-16

  • Premier League – 13th  
  • FA Cup – semi-finals (Crystal Palace)
  • League Cup – 2nd round (Preston North End)

Watford fixtures 2016-17

Watford’s Premier League campaign gets underway at Southampton on Saturday 13th August, with Chelsea being the first visitors to Vicarage Road the following Saturday.  There could potentially be a high-profile title-deciding encounter to end the season, with Manchester City visiting Watford on the final day.  Unfortunately it’s the visitors who are more likely to be the team in the spotlight on that afternoon though.

Watford Betting Tips

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Despite what to the outside observer appeared to be an excellent season for Watford last term, manager Quique Sanchez Flores was jettisoned at the end of it, with the Italian Walter Mazzarri brought in as his replacement.  Managerial loyalty seems to be nigh on non-existent at Vicarage Road, but the club doesn’t seem to have suffered any adverse reactions from the policy as yet.

There were few problems for Watford in avoiding any relegation worries last season, although they were heavily reliant on the goals of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.  Captain Deeney was the subject of a big-money bid from champions Leicester City earlier in the current transfer window, but the Hornets stood firm and have tied the striker to a new contract.

Jerome Sinclair and Isaac Success have already been brought in to provide additional attacking options, but there could be more to come, with reported interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino and West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho.  

If either of those is signed it might suggest that Ighalo could be on his way, with the Nigerian striker having already been the subject of a reportedly huge £37.5 million bid from China’s Shanghai SIPG (Sven-Goran Eriksson’s current club).  Again it was an offer that Watford supposedly rejected out of hand.  It’s a definite statement of intent from the club if true, although whether it’s the correct decision to turn down such a remarkable offer is another matter.

After investing in a number of seasoned professionals to provide the Hornets with a few old heads after promotion to the Premier League, the Pozzo family and their famed scouting network now seem to have reverted to the more familiar policy of recruiting promising young players that can be later sold on.  

Watford Information

Official club site: www.watfordfc.com/

Stadium: Vicarage Road

Manager: Walter Mazzarri

Club nickname: The Hornets

Year formed: 1881

Club owner: Gino Pozzo

Most League appearances: Luther Blissett (415)

Most League Goals: Luther Blissett (158)

Watford Club Honours

Football League Third Division/ Division Two

Winners (2): 1968-69, 1997-98

Football League Fourth Division

Winners (1): 1977-78

Southern League

Winners (1): 1914–15