West Bromwich Albion vs. Watford Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 08, 2022 21:00 CET
The last game of the second round of the Championship will be played on Monday at 21:00 at The Hawthorns, where West Bromwich Albion welcomes Watford.
This will undoubtedly be a derby of the second round and a clash between teams that want to be at the top of the standings at the end of this season.
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The hosts won a point at the start of the new season in a road game against Middlesbrough in a 1-1 draw. They were losing in the first half 0-1, but newcomers John Swift and Jed Wallace created an action that brought an equalizer. These two players arrived from Reading and Millwall this summer and are expected to raise the quality of the game, especially in the attacking part.
Defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu, who arrived from Celta, should be a significant reinforcement for this team. He already played for this club from February to June 2021, and now he is back as a free agent. However, this Turkish player could miss the match against Watford, as he is injured.
There is no doubt that the Baggies are one of the main contenders for the top flight and will fight for a place in the Premier League. They play especially well at home. Steve Bruce’s men took 44 of their 67 points last season in front of their own fans, so they rarely drop points at their home stadium.
Watford, on the other hand, opened the new campaign in a winning manner. In the first round, they beat Sheffield United 1-0, and the only goal was scored by Joao Pedro. Many clubs are interested in this talented Brazilian, so it will be difficult for Watford to keep him.
The Hornets have an excellent attacking trio at the moment. In addition to the mentioned Joao Pedro, there are also Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr, and their total market value is around 60 million Euros. If the club management manages to persuade these players to stay at Vicarage Road, Watford will surely be one of the strongest teams in the Championship.
They already defeated one favorite in the first round. If they manage to win another game, it will be a fantastic start to the new season and it is certain that coach Rob Edwards’ players will gain a lot of confidence.
These two teams last played against each other in the 2017/18 season. Watford celebrated as hosts 1-0, while there was no winner at The Hawthorns: 2-2.
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Button; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Townsend; Mowatt, Livermore; Wallace, Swift, Phillips; Dike
Watford (3-4-2-1): Bachmann; Kabasele, Sierralta, Cathcart; Kamara, Cleverley, Kayembe, Sema; Sarr, Dennis; Pedro
We believe that this duel will not be too interesting. We expect only a few goal-scoring opportunities and it would not surprise us if the final score was 0-0. Both West Bromwich Albion and Watford have strong defensive lines for this level of competition and we expect them to do their part without fail.
Prediction: Total Goals Under 2.5