The good news for Watford is that they’re well ahead of schedule in this 2018/19 Premier League season.
Javi Gracia probably pencilled a possible five or six points from his team’s opening four matches, although the Hornets have landed a maximum haul in each clash and now boast a 100% record along with Chelsea and Liverpool.
We know football doesn’t work like this, but Spurs had previously triumphed 3-0 away at Old Trafford so it’s not as though the Hertfordshire side are going to be fazed by the prospect of United coming to town. This game really is a bonus for the players.
Deeney to Score?
With the pressure off, they can go and express themselves. Troy Deeney is loving life in a yellow shirt and he’s 21/2 with BetVictor to break the deadlock against a Red Devils side who have shipped seven goals in four games thus far.
Manchester United are known for being defensively sound under Jose Mourinho although David de Gea has not been up to his previous best and there are clearly issues in central defence where Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Ander Herrera have all had stints.
It’s likely that Smalling and Lindelof will be the preferred pairing in this game although quite whether that gives punters the confidence to back United at odds-on is another matter.
At the time of writing, the best bookmakers are quoting less than even money about the Red Devils claiming three points, with William Hill lifting their heads furthest above the parapet with their quote of 19/20 about the visitors.
A Tough Task for All Involved
On paper, United are stronger than their opponents, with Romelu Lukaku fresh from putting Burnley to the sword and also looking sparky for Belgium on international duty, while Alexis Sanchez now appears to be injury-free and ready to cause some damage.
While they could have won their match at Turf Moor more emphatically than the 2-0 winning scoreline, that was against a Burnley side feeling the pinch of European competition and this represents a different kind of assignment.
Mourinho will have noted the way in which Tottenham were physically outdone by their opposite numbers last time out and will hope that Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic can provide the sort of steel that will make the Red Devils hard to penetrate.
Best Betting Options
William Hill offer 5/2 about the game ending all square and both teams will clearly make themselves tough to break down. A draw would be a great outcome for the Hornets who would then remain unbeaten and gain further confidence from a positive result against one of the best sides in the league.
If Watford are to win the game, it could be a narrow winning scoreline. Consider the 1-0 victory at 11/1 with bet365 as Gracia will clearly look for his team to batten down the hatches should they get in front.
Of course, it’s possible that the mismatch in quality between the two sides will lead to a United win and they can be backed at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to claim another Premier League victory on the road with both teams finding the net during the ninety minutes.