Watford vs Wolves: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:22 AM UTC

Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 9:22 AM UTC

Two tough teams could result in a low-scoring game...
<div><h2>Watford vs Wolves</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/premier-league/wolverhampton-wanderers-vs-watford-fc-3841619/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, January 1, at Vicarage Road</strong></a></p><p>Two confident teams will lock horns at Vicarage Road for an exciting Premier League clash on New Year’s Day. Watford have taken seven points from their past three games and they now look capable of beating the drop under new boss Nigel Pearson. They have been a lot tighter at the back since Pearson took the reins, while the return of captain Troy Deeney from injury has given the club a tremendous boost. Wolves battled to a 3-2 win over Premier League champions Man City on Friday night and were unlucky to lose 1-0 away at league leaders Liverpool on Sunday, so they will provide a stern test of Watford’s mettle.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Right-back Adrian Mariappa was sent off for a second bookable offence after 57 minutes of Watford’s game against Villa. They were 1-0 up at the time and they could have crumbled, but instead they went on to win 3-0 courtesy of some devastating football on the break. Nathaniel Chalobah had been brought on for Will Hughes at half-time and Pearson then had to haul him off after the red card. He should be fresh for this game and could start alongside Etienne Capoue in midfield. Pearson seems settled on a front three of Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu and Ismaila Sarr, but they may be exhausted from their exertions over this busy fixture period.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Squad rotation is crucial at this time of year and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo rested key men Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore for the trip to Anfield. They should return to the team for this game, and it might be time to rest Diogo Jota. Defenders Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss were also rested for the Liverpool game, and you would expect them to return for the trip to Vicarage Road. That should make Wolves tighter at the back, and they will seek to hurt Watford down the left, where right-back Mariappa will be suspended.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>It is tricky to predict the outright result of this game, as both teams are in fine form right now. Wolves are very difficult to beat and they should benefit from Jimenez, Traore, Dendoncker and Saiss returning against a Watford side that could be knackered, so some punters might fancy the odds of 2.25 (5/4) available on an away win. However, Watford have a great deal of momentum right now and they will fight for every ball in this game, so it might be better to go for a goals market instead.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Under 2.5 goals at 1.85 (17/20) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div>
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