By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 21st September 2018
Fulham host Javi Garcia’s Watford at Craven Cottage as part of this Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. The Hornets’ unbeaten start was brought to abrupt halt by Manchester United last week and they will hope to bounce back against the Cottagers. This fixture will be aired on Sky Sport’s Main Event.
Fulham vs Watford: Predictions and odds
Slaviša Jokanović’s men have now won two on the trot in all competitions on their own picturesque patch and the William Hill traders have chalked them up as 6/4 favourites in the Fulham vs Watford odds.
Leading their victory charge is Aleksander Mitrovic, who has so far this season impressed on the attack with four goals to his name, clinched in five appearances. In the second installation of our Fulham vs Watford predictions, we’ve tipped him as favourite to score with odds of 4/1.
The Hornets, however, are winless and even scoreless, on the road in seven league outings under Javi Gracia prior to the start of this season. They have now prevailed in their past two away games on all fronts and find themselves 7/4 match betting outsiders, with the draw priced up at 12/5 as part of our Fulham vs Watford predictions.
If Javi Garcia’s side are to trump their rivals, Troy Deeney and co will have to channel the same energy used in the win against Tottenham.
Yet, based on odds and pre-match predictions, it looks like Fulham could edge what will be a close game, making them our pick to emerge as victors.
Fulham vs Watford predictions: Head to head
In previous campaigns, Watford have trumped the Cottagers in both home and away fixtures, but betting tipsters have predicted that this season’s clash will be different.
This assignment should be far tougher for Gracia’s men. Only City, Chelsea and Liverpool have averaged more shots per home game in the division than Fulham so far this term.
For the hosts, both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andre Schurrle are inside the Premier League’s top four players for average shots per game so far this season, and pre-match verdicts suggest that both will be problematic for Watford’s defence – alongside Ryan Sessegnon.
We’re betting that the trio will make it a close game for the Hornets, as part of our Fulham vs Watford predictions.
Fulham vs Watford betting tips: Prediction, best bet, scorer
Predicted to score first: Aleksander Mitrovic to score first, with odds of 4/1
Mitrovic has already struck four times in the Premier League this term and his physical presence could cause big problems for the visitors who conceded twice as a result of set pieces against United.
The Serb has so far been the most prolific for Fulham in front of goal, and if players like Jean-Michael Seri can provide him with cutting passes and crosses, then he will almost surely convert.
We’ve tipped him to come up with the goods as part of our Fulham vs Watford predictions.
Predicted score: Watford to draw 2-2 @ 10/1
Yet despite playing away from home and having to deal with the ‘Mitrovic’ factor, Watford will be difficult to play against. Under Gracia they have impressed from both an offensive and defensive front and possess players with the footballing know-how to hurt the Cottagers.
In particular, Roberto Pereyra springs to mind, as he has been the most efficient converter for Watford in front of goal, but also has the ability to provide for others in more advanced positions, such as Andre Gray.
We’ve tipped them to draw against Fulham with a predicted score-line of 2-2.
Predicted number of goals: Over 2.5 total match goals, betting @ 8/11
For those looking for a less risky wager and who don’t mind a bit of odds on, the over 2.5 total match goals looks like the one at 8/11.
With both sides embodying sufficient goal-threat (the Hornets have struck twice or more in five of their six all-competitions outings in 2018/19) and defensive generosity (Watford have shipped in their last four league games) an entertaining score draw is the tip.
It remains too early in the season for dramatic statements about the fates awaiting these Premier League protagonists, but the Cottagers’ position at the negative extreme of its goals-against column offers both cause for concern and a steer on the Fulham vs Watford odds.
Fulham vs Watford stats: Opta
- Fulham have conceded at least twice in all five Premier League games so far.
- Watford’s win over Burnley on 19/08/18 was their first away league win in under Javi Gracia at the eighth attempt.
- Mitrovic has score six goals in as many games for club and country in 2018/19.