Watford vs. Sheffield Utd Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 01, 2022 21:00 CET
The last match of the first round of the Championship will be played on Monday at 21:00, when Watford will welcome Sheffield Utd to their home ground.
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Watford Team News
The home team, along with Burnley and Norwich from the Premier League, moved to the Championship at the end of last season. The Watford team won only 23 points in 38 matches played, which was only enough for the penultimate place in the table.
Last season, Watford stood out for two parameters, the number of defeats and the number of goals conceded. They had as many as 27 failures (the most in the league), while with 77 goals conceded, they had the third worst defensive performance.
The club’s ambitions are clear and very high, and the primary goal is for Watford to quickly return to the company of the best. During the preparatory period, they did not make an impression, bearing in mind quite average results, so they will have to be much better if they want to achieve their goal, given the really strong competition.
Sheffield Utd Team News
The visiting team was very close to the Premier League last season. They were stopped by Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals of the play-offs, and that was on penalties. This failure must have affected the confidence of the players and the management of the club, since they are practically at a new beginning.
In the regular part of the season, they won 75 points in 46 matches, which was enough for a high fifth place. The number of goals scored and allowed best illustrates how disciplined and patient Sheffield Utd performed during the entire season. They scored 63 and conceded only 45 goals.
Although the defensive segment of the game was the most important for them last season, during the playoffs we could see their very diverse offensive potential. Since their slower rhythm did not bring them the desired result, we will not be surprised if they are much more offensive this season.
The last time these two teams were in the same competition was 3 seasons ago, when both matches ended in a draw (1:1 and 0:0).
Injuries and suspensions
Sheffield Utd: Bogle, Khadra, McBurnie, O’Connell and Sharp.
Watford vs. Sheffield Utd Prediction
Watford has the most expensive playing staff this season, and is the main favorite to return to the Premier League. Accordingly, we can expect a very aggressive approach from the first round.
During the last season, they played at a very fast pace, but that style of play did not bring them the desired results due to the quality of the opponents, and the consequence was a move to the Championship.
We expect a lot of effective matches from the Watford team this season because, objectively speaking, they have the best team in the league, and a safe and effective victory at the opening of the season would be a good indicator of their ambitions.
Sheffield Utd is fourth on the list of favorites for placement in the Premier League, so we are expecting a very interesting game. Both teams have enough quality to score at least one goal each, and this time we will go against the bookmakers, and we predict that this will be an effective duel.
Date and time: 01.08.2022 21:00 CET
Prediction: Bet Builder
1.Over 1 goals
2.Under 6 goals
3.Over 0 goals in the second half
4.Over 1 corners in the first half
5.Over 2 corners in the second half