Watford vs. Southampton Pick – EPL June 28

With the Premier League season quickly coming to its conclusion, points continue to be at a premium for most sides.

That can definitely be true for the host side of Sunday’s lone EPL match in Watford. Currently entering this fixture, they sit just one point up on the relegation zone, and know that they need to start stringing together victories for added breathing room.

The Hornets have showed well since the restart, but haven’t been able to secure that elusive victory. Three points would certainly provide them with quite the jump, and manager Nigel Pearson has stated that he needs his group to show this desperation come Sunday.

For Southampton, a tough start to the year has been washed away with a string of success. They’ve escaped the relegation battle, and though they aren’t really playing for anything aside from their own pride – the Saints are building towards next season. In recent clashes, they’ve proven to be inconsistent. Solid going forward in attack, but struggling to keep balls out of the back of their net. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be looking for a sturdier outing against a weak Watford group.

Sometimes in sport, desperation produces quality matches, and Watford should do just that to close out our betting weekend. With a need for a win, expect an open and exciting encounter, and with that being the case – there’s surely money to be made! Read on beneath the posted odds for a matchup breakdown, and betting analysis for the Hornets vs. the Saints on Sunday.

Watford vs. Southampton Betting Odds:

Watford (+151)
Southampton (+190)
Draw (+205)

Over 2.5 (+125)
Under 2.5 (-145)

Watford PK (-123)
Southampton PK (+103)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Watford vs. Southampton Pick:

The one positive note for Watford as they enter a crucial stretch for their franchise’s future, is that their destiny is solely in their hands. They’re a point up on teams that are likely struggling more than they are, but Pearson knows he needs to play positive football, and secure wins from their home matches.

Unfortunately, they haven’t been all that great at Vicarage Road of late – though perhaps not having fans might shift the tide a bit. Who knows right now in this weird world of sports during a pandemic?

The Hornets won’t have any fresh injury concerns to contend with, and it is believed that they will line-up in their familiar 4-4-2. Craig Dawson will be the anchor in defense, likely tasked with the challenge of keeping Southampton’s Danny Ings out. Watford should also be strong along the flanks, as the speed and crossing ability of Ismaila Sarr and Etienne Capoue should make a weak Southampton defense really work. Up top, Troy Deeney is their main talisman and enters in fine form himself.

For Southampton, the focus has to be on righting their defensive miscues. They have conceded at least twice in their past five Premier League losses, and though they’ve proven they can score and create chances, they aren’t finding consistent success once again. Making matters worse is the fact that Jack Stephens will miss out on this clash due to a red card endured last game vs. Arsenal. Without him, look for the Saints to be a little light at the back.
DEENEY MAKES A DIFFERENCE
With all that is on the line in this contest, it’s very difficult to see Watford losing outright at home. Expect a solid effort from Pearson’s squad, especially without the ball. While a win would be ideal, they certainly will not want to lose this clash, and really they shouldn’t. They have more pace on the wings, and are better in defense than their opponents. If they can manage possession well, and pay close attention to Danny Ings, the Hornets should get a positive result. Troy Deeney should be a difference maker, and represents good value in the goal-scorer markets. Just to be careful though, the best wager in this game is on the ‘Draw No Bet’ market. Expect the Hornets to nick it late, but the added security of a refunded push bet helps too!

Pick: Watford 2-1

My Pick
Watford PK
Will S. / Author

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