Both of these sides are starting to face the reality of having little left to play for as we fast approach the business end of the season. The Hornets will be happy with this situation in that despite an overhaul in players and manager during the summer and deciding to part company with striker Odion Ighalo for a reported £20million in the January transfer window, they are not involved in a battle against relegation.
Southampton’s situation is harder for them to bear and they will doubtless spend the remainder of the season reflecting on their EFL Cup final defeat on Sunday afternoon. One can imagine that the south coast outfit will be suffering from a hangover from that 3-2 defeat to the Red Devils at Wembley and this weekend’s hosts will be looking to inflict further misery upon Claude Puel’s men at Vicarage Road.
Watford managed a draw at home to West Ham United last weekend and they have only suffered three Premier League defeats since the turn of the year. Indeed the Hornets managed an excellent if somewhat surprising 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium just a few weeks ago and it is hardly a surprise to see them climb their way to twelfth in the table.
Walter Mazzarri’s side drew the reverse fixture at St Mary’s earlier this season and only Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and surprisingly Stoke City have left Vicarage Road with the three points in the bag this season. There’s no reason why visitors Southampton should be priced as short as 5/4, however that’s what’s on offer and as such we believe that they should be opposed on Saturday afternoon.