Where: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, EnglandWhen: Wednesday, February 7, 3:45 AM
The replay of the FA Cup round of 16 games between the Saints and the Hornets draws plenty of attention. The two units played 1-1 a few days ago, so the venue had to be changed in accordance with the FA rules. Southampton will have the support of the crowd at St. Mary’s Stadium, and that’s one of the reasons why Saints stand as favorites in this event.
Southampton vs. Watford Preview
The Saints are among the best teams in the Championship, and their form has been fantastic over the past few months. They haven’t lost for 22 events, with the most recent defeat taking place in late September, on the road against Middlesbrough.
Before playing 1-1 against Watford, we’ve seen them triumph in seven of eight meetings. In all but one of them, Southampton netted two or more goals. Adam Armstrong is the one responsible for that, with the 26-year-old leading the attack.
Saints’ form at St. Mary’s is near perfect. They have nine victories in a row, and only one ended with them not scoring twice. Throughout this stretch, the Saints netted 27 times while keeping a clean sheet on six occasions.
The Hornets haven’t been as confident as their upcoming rivals. Only two victories in the recent eight meetings indicate struggles in their game, and to be honest, that’s nothing new. Watford’s biggest problem is inconsistency, as they can’t perform at a high level enough to put up a longer streak of solid results.
When looking at road games, we can see that Watford rarely loses. They are currently enjoying a seven-event defeatless streak, during which we saw them win four times and also record three draws.
All but one of the events throughout that stretch ended without both teams netting, which was the most recent against Sheffield Wednesday. Five concluded with three or more hits.
Southampton and Watford Possible Lineups
Southampton: Lumley; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Manning; Charles, Downes, Rothwell; A. Armstrong, Alcaraz, Fraser
Watford: Bachmann; Andrews, Porteous, Hoedt, Lewis; Sierralta; Ince, Dele-Bashiru, Kone, Martins; Bayo
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Southampton vs Watford Head to Head
The last game ended without winners, and that’s the reason why we have this one as well. Martins brought the lead to the home unit, while Armstrong netted one minute before the final whistle.
The first Championship meeting also took place in Watford, and it ended with the same result: 1-1. Adams broke the deadlock for the guests, while Healey equalized in the sixth minute of the injury time.
Southampton vs. Watford Predictions
Every FA Cup meeting is very important, and since this is a replay, we really believe that the involved units will be conservative and careful. That’s why under 2.5 hits is our primary pick. Despite the Saints being favorites, we wouldn’t bet on their win or any other full-time result because this meeting could go either way.
Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals
Southampton versus Watford Odds
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