Liverpool vs Watford 2019/2020 Preview
Liverpool vs Watford 2019/2020 Preview: Team news, injury updates, head to head stats, betting tips and predictions.
Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield as the league leaders, eight points ahead of second placed Leicester City. Watford on the other hand are bottom of the league with 9 points and a goal difference of -21 after 16 games. The hornets have truly been awful, managing just one win all season. Their terrible performances led to the sack of managers Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores. Nigel Pearson is the latest manager and was hired to help with the relegation battle the hornets are facing as they are currently six points away from safety.
This is Nigel’s first game in charge and meeting Liverpool could not have come at a worse time. The Reds are unbeaten so far this season and are coming off a 2-0 away win against RB Salzburg in the champions league game midweek, advancing to the next round as group leaders. On Friday, Jurgen Klopp was announced to have signed another contract, keeping him as Liverpool manager till 2022.
Liverpool have a busier Christmas schedule than Watford, the current UCL champions have to be at the Club World Cup in Qatar next week whilst also preparing for the EFL cup semi final against Everton. Last week’s 3-0 thrashing of Bournemouth away from home ensured that Liverpool will be top of the table on Christmas Day. This is their final game before the Christmas fixtures and they will look to extend their lead at the top to 11 points.
The Reds have made Anfield a fortress, they are unbeaten at home in 47 league games and have also gotten 25 out of the possible 26 league wins this year. Jurgen Klopp has also made rotation look easy, the front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane have all had rests this month and their replacements in those games have all gotten on the scoresheet. Frankly speaking, for a team that has had more managers than wins this season, Watford have no chance here and no new manager syndrome can change it.
Liverpool vs Watford Team news and injury updates:
Liverpool: Dejan Lovren is out of contention having limped off early in their last game. Joel Matip and Fabinho are also out of this clash. This means that Liverpool currently have only two fit centre-backs; Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk.
It is not expected that Klopp will choose the Mane-Firmino-Salah front three due to their champions league fixture midweek but it should be noted that Mo’ Salah has six goals and one assist in four league games against Watford, Sadio Mane has five goals and three assists in five games and Firmino has also scored five and has three assists in six games against the Hornets.
Possible XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner; Shaqiri, Keita, Mane; Origi.
Watford: The hornets are without Danny Welbeck, Jose Holebas, Tom Cleverley, Daryl Janmaat and Sebastian Prodl. Dawson is expected in the lineup after recovering from a head injury that kept him out of the last three games.
The pair of Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra was will undergo late fitness tests to see if they can feature.
Possible XI: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Doucoure, Capoue; Sarr, Pereyra, Deulofeu; Deeney.
Liverpool vs Watford Head to Head:
- Watford have lost all of their last 12 top-flight matches against teams starting the day top of the league table – a run which started in 1986.
- Watford have failed to score in 9 out of the 16 games played so far, a league high.
- Liverpool enjoy playing against Watford. They have won 6 of the last 7 meetings (W6, D1), scoring 25 goals and conceding just 4.
- Liverpool have also won 23 of their 37 meetings with Watford since the first game back in 1967.
- Liverpool have seen at least 3 goals scored in all eight league games played at home this season and are yet to keep a clean sheet at home.
Liverpool vs Watford Predictions:
- Liverpool to win
- Over 2.5 goals
- Sadio Mane/Mohammed Salah anytime goal scorer