Liverpool v Watford Premier League betting preview and tips

21:00 Wed 27 Feb
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: Watford +1.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: +105

We’re happy to back Watford on Wednesday night, especially with the Hornets available at odds-against with a 1.5 goal handicap. Javi Gracia’s side will go to Anfield feeling confident after steamrollering Cardiff on Friday night and enjoying a 5-1 win.

Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu bagged a hat-trick and Troy Deeney scored a late brace, with the visitors now heading to Anfield where they’ll face a Liverpool side who have won just one of their past five games.

Some are accused of hysteria when claiming that the Reds are losing their way in the title race, although points have recently been dropped against Leicester, West Ham and Manchester United which means their advantage is now just one point over Manchester City.

Aside from a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, the team have had problems scoring goals including the goalless draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with this game representing a chance to get back into the swing of things.

Jurgen Klopp has cut an agitated figure on the sidelines and might be tempted to start the game with Xherdan Shaqiri who might provide more cutting edge from a midfield position compared to Jordan Henderson or Gini Wijnaldum.

A lack of midfield creativity appears to be an issue, while opposition sides have cottoned on to the fact that stopping Mohamed Salah effectively nullifies Liverpool to a large degree.

Watford will also be boosted by Crystal Palace’s ability to score three times at Anfield recently, while Leicester also secured a 1-1 draw at Anfield and the Hornets have only lost four times on the road this season.

They are the best of the rest and come into the game in great form after winning six of their previous nine games. The only defeat was a 2-1 reverse away to Tottenham and that was a game where the Hornets lead until ten minutes from the end.

BETTING TIP
Watford +1.5 @ 2.05 with bet365

Team News

Liverpool: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Watford: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 13
    Alisson
  • 26
    Andrew Robertson
  • 04
    Virgil Van Dijk
  • 32
    Joel Matip
  • 66
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • 07
    James Milner
  • 03
    Fabinho
  • 05
    Georginio Wijnaldum
  • 10
    Sadio Mané
  • 27
    Divock Origi
  • 11
    Mohamed Salah
  • 26
    Ben Foster
  • 02
    Daryl Janmaat
  • 15
    Craig Cathcart
  • 06
    Adrian Mariappa
  • 11
    Adam Masina
  • 19
    Will Hughes
  • 16
    Abdoulaye Doucoure
  • 29
    Etienne Capoue
  • 37
    Roberto Pereyra
  • 07
    Gerard Deulofeu
  • 09
    Troy Deeney

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 31 23 7 1 70:18 76
2 Manchester City 30 23 3 4 76:20 72
3 Tottenham 30 20 1 9 57:32 61
4 Arsenal 30 18 6 6 63:39 60
5 Manchester Unit 30 17 7 6 58:40 58
6 Chelsea 30 17 6 7 50:33 57
7 Wolverhampton W 30 12 8 10 38:36 44
8 Watford 30 12 7 11 42:44 43
9 West Ham 31 12 6 13 41:46 42
10 Everton 31 11 8 12 42:39 41
11 Leicester 31 12 5 14 40:43 41
12 Bournemouth 31 11 5 15 43:56 38
13 Newcastle Unite 31 9 8 14 31:40 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 9 6 15 36:41 33
15 Brighton 29 9 6 14 32:42 33
16 Southampton 30 7 9 14 34:50 30
17 Burnley 31 8 6 17 35:59 30
18 Cardiff 30 8 4 18 27:57 28
19 Fulham 31 4 5 22 29:70 17
20 Huddersfield 31 3 5 23 18:57 14