By Thomas Reynolds
17th August 2018
Sunday 19th August
Stadium: Turf Moor, Burnley
Burnley vs Watford odds
The Clarets are 7/5 favourites to follow up their midweek Europa League exploits with a triumph at Turf Moor in the Burnley vs Watford odds, with an away win and a draw both 21/10 in the betting.
Both teams to score is an 11/10 outsider and just in case you are still in any degree of doubt that this is expected to be a low-scoring collision, under 2.5 total match goals is trading at 4/9.
Burnley vs Watford odds | team news
Sean Dyche remains without Nick Pope, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady.
Opposite number Javi Gracia is unlikely to be able to call upon Gerard Deulofeu, while Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah, Stefano Okaka and Younes Kaboul are all some way from fitness.
Burnley vs Watford betting tips and predictions
As suggested in last week’s match preview, Burnley’s European qualification and early-doors involvement didn’t prove to be the millstone round their necks many were expecting it to be.
True, they faded in the second half at St Mary’s as the home team rallied, but not before having made and missed enough chances to win the game.
Watford are on such a horrendous run of away form that the temptation to back the Clarets’ match-fitness advantage to outweigh the fatigue generated by successive two-legged Europa League ties going to extra time is vast.
If you’re not going to back the hosts at 7/5 to win in the Burnley vs Watford odds when the visitors have lost 11 of their last 12 Premier League road games, including a 1-0 reverse at Turf Moor, when will you?
Seven of those defeats came under current manager Gracia, since whose arrival the Hornets have failed to score a single goal on their top-flight travels.
Given this inability to net away from Vicarage Road, both the 23/10 Burnley win to nil odds and the 3/1 in the betting about the hosts to win a game featuring under 2.5 total match goals look like tasty picks at nicer prices and that is our betting prediction.
Key players to watch
Roberto Pereyra to score and Watford to win Enhanced odds of 15/2 might seem like manna from heaven for those who disagree with the implications of the last six paragraphs.
The Argentine’s Brighton-banishing opening-day brace meant he has now scored five times in his last seven league games, but beware – all five were registered amid the home comforts of Hertfordshire.
Sam Vokes looks a more solid bet to notch anytime at Burnley vs Watford odds of 9/5, having scored four times against the Golden Boys down the years to make them his third-most-bagged-against opponent in English league football.
The Welshman can be backed to net in a home win at Enhanced Odds of 12/5 (was 5/2), but those who prefer a dart at a longer-priced scorer may want to take a closer look at master Jack Frank Porteous Cork.
He may have netted only three times across all competitions last term, but that was still enough to make him the Clarets’ joint-fourth highest scorer.
Cork has already struck twice (in Europe) this term and, at 15/2, must come into anytime scorer betting considerations in this form.
Those is search of even more fanciful fractions might like to back the former Chelsea trainee at odds of 18/1 to score last, given his two strikes so far have both come in extra time, or even the 65/1 scorecast about him scoring last in a 1-0 win for Burnley.