Watford are taken to bounce back to winning ways when they visit Fulham in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, with Troy Deeney tipped to be the main man.
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Fulham v Watford (1230 BST Sky Sports Premier League)
This one will not have been high on many people’s lists of must-watch games at the start of the season but both sides have shown enough so far this season to suggest it could be a decent spectacle.
The Hornets are the surprise team of the season and although they lost their unbeaten record last time out there was plenty to like about their second half display against Manchester United and that loss would not put me off backing them in this one.
Strangely, with only five games gone in the season, we’ve got a good form line between these two as they’ve both played the same four teams already and it’s Watford who come out on top with four wins to Fulham’s one win, a draw and two defeats.
A slight concern is that Watford have only played once away from home so far, but they did win up at Burnley and Craven Cottage is neither far away nor overly intimidating – Crystal Palace have already won there this season.
Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Watford (Sky Bet odds: 10/1)
Best bet: Watford to win at 2/1
Quite simply, Watford have looked a better side this season and the pace, power and desire they've shown so far this season makes them look an eye-catching bet just to win this one. Javi Gracia will want a positive response to the United defeat and a trip to Fulham looks the perfect opportunity to bounce back.
Goalscorer: Troy Deeney to score anytime at 2/1
Two goals already this season for Deeney and he's been back to some of his best form having got into good shape over the summer. Hustling and bullying defenders is what makes his day and he can have a good day at the office on Saturday.
RequestABet: Watford to win, Troy Deeney to score, both teams to score at 7/1
A simple roll-up but with a decent return and all perfectly doable should this game go to plan. Fulham haven't kept a clean sheet yet which helps our cause and Watford have scored 10 goals in five games so the prospect for goals is good.
Fulham v Watford Opta stats
- Fulham have failed to score in each of their last three league games Watford (D1 L2), with two of those contests coming at Craven Cottage.
- Fulham have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven league contests against Watford at Craven Cottage (W3 D2 L2), however they conceded five in their most recent encounter in December 2014 (0-5).
- Watford won their last away league game after a run of 12 without a win on the road (D1 L11). They won their first three Premier League away games last season, the last time they won consecutive games away from home.
- Since beating Arsenal 2-1 in January 2017, Watford have lost each of their last eight away Premier League games in London. Only Sunderland (14 games between 2002 and 2008) and Southampton (10 between 1995 and 1997) have suffered more consecutive away defeats in the capital.
- Fulham have conceded at least twice in each of their last nine Premier League matches – only twice has a team conceded two or more goals in 10 consecutive games in the competition (Wimbledon, March to May 2000 and West Brom, December 2010 to February 2011).
- This will be Fulham’s 500th match in the Premier League; the 15th team to reach the milestone in the competition.
- Fulham are looking to win consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since April 2013.
- No side has scored more second half goals than Watford in the Premier League this season (8, level with Chelsea), while only West Ham (7) have conceded more than Fulham after the interval (6).
- Watford’s José Holebas already has four Premier League assists this season, matching his final tally from both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns. Only once has a Watford player provided more assists in a single campaign (Troy Deeney, 7 in 2015-16).
- Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic took charge of 36 matches in all competitions when manager of Watford between October 2014 and May 2015 but the Serbian has yet to face the Hornets.
- Watford captain Troy Deeney has netted four goals in his two league appearances against Fulham, including a hat-trick at Craven Cottage in December 2014.
Odds correct as of 2216 on 19/09/18