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Watford vs Leeds United Prediction & Betting Tips

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      Watford vs Leeds United Prediction & Betting Tips

      Leeds travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford, hoping to pick up three points in their chase for the Championship title and automatic promotion.

      Date: 29/03/24

      Kick-off time: 20:00

      Venue: Vicarage Road

      Combining their excellent form and Leicester’s struggles, Leeds have been able to erase a 17-point deficit at the top of the table from New Year’s Day to overtake the Foxes on goal difference. With eight games remaining, Leeds are in a strong position to return to the top flight automatically. However, Leicester have a game in hand, so a win will be crucial to keep them at bay. Defeat could see them drop back to second, but also open the door for Ipswich to jump ahead, as they are just a point behind.

      Watford have recently appointed a new manager, with Tom Cleverley taking over on an interim basis. They have played two games under his management, winning and losing one. It has left them 13th in the table with 48 points. Despite enduring a terrible run of form, in which they have only won two in eleven, they are in no immediate danger of relegation, and are also not close to competing for a playoff spot. This means they do not have much to play for but pride, and under new coaching they could cause Leeds some problems.

      Defensively, Watford have not conceded more than one goal four times in the last six, and have kept a pair of clean sheets. Leeds have seen a slight decline in their attacking exploits, scoring six in their last four games. Before this, they had found the net at least twice in six games in a row. However, after recording back-to-back 2-0 wins, they should be confident of doing so again this weekend. Leeds have three players who have scored more than 10 goals, with Crysencio Summerville, Daniel James and Joel Piroe combining for 38. Georginio Rutter has excelled in a playmaking role, assisting 16 times. If Watford are to threaten, this will likely come from Mileta Rajovic, who tops the club’s scoring charts with nine goals.

      These two teams have met seven times since 2014 across various competitions. The first three came in the Championship, and they were all won by Watford with the games producing a combined 13 goals. The Hornets also won an FA Cup Fifth Round tie 1-0 in 2016. Leeds are on a three-game winning streak against their opponents, scoring seven and conceding zero. The reverse fixture earlier this season was a 3-0 victory. All of the goals came in the second half with Piroe, Sam Byram and Jaidon Anthony on the scoresheet.

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      Leeds to Win @ 3/5
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      Over 2.5 Goals @ 7/10
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      Both Teams to Score @ 8/11
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      Team News

      Watford

      Jeremy Ngakia has a knee injury which may keep him out until the middle of next month. Watford have no new injury concerns otherwise.

      Leeds

      Pascal Struijk remains out with a groin injury. Jamie Shackleton has also been absent with an illness. Stuart Dallas continues to recover from a broken leg sustained 18 months ago.

      Form Guide

      Watford

      In their last five games, Watford have won one, drawn one and lost three. As they switched managers once again, the Hornets are in the midst of a difficult run. However, under new interim boss Tom Cleverley they have won one and lost one. The victory came in their most recent game against Birmingham as they won 1-0. A 44th minute winner from Emmanuel Dennis proved the difference between the two teams.

      The first game of this run was a 2-1 home loss against Huddersfield. They took the lead through Dennis, but the visitors turned it around late with a double from Danny Ward. Another narrow defeat followed, though they dominated possession in their 1-0 loss at Millwall. The winner came very early in the game as Zian Flemming broke the deadlock three minutes in. The following game was a 1-1 draw with Swansea. Their search for a win continued as they faced Coventry at Vicarage Road. A Ryan Porteous opener put Watford a goal up, but a brace from Haji Wright either side of half-time turned it around for the visitors in another disappointing defeat.

      Leeds

      In their last five games, Leeds have won three, drawn one and lost one. Their only defeat came at the beginning of this run and it was in the FA Cup. They were knocked out by their rivals Chelsea in the Fifth Round, losing 3-2, though they gave a good account of themselves. Mateo Joseph scored the opener with the first goal of his young career, though this was soon cancelled out by Nicolas Jackson. Mykhailo Mudryk gave the Blues the lead, but Joseph grabbed his second after the restart. The tie looked to be heading for extra-time, but Conor Gallagher popped up to score the winner in the 90th minute.

      Their elimination meant that sole focus was on the Championship promotion chase, but their next game ended in a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield. The hosts broke the deadlock in first half stoppage time, but had a man sent off a few minutes later. Leeds were able to take advantage of the extra man as Patrick Bamford scored the equaliser. This was as good as it got for the visitors, however, as they could not find the winner.

      A three-game winning streak started with a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City. It was an even game which the hosts just edged thanks to a Dan James winner in the first half. Another win followed against Sheffield Wednesday. Bamford and Wilfried Gnonto scored either side of the break to give them a 2-0 victory. They repeated this scoreline in their most recent outing as they beat Millwall. Gnonto and James were on the scoresheet again.

      Footy Accumulators Prediction

      Header logoChampionship

      PosClubPWDLGDPTS
      13
      Team logoSunderland
      4215819+153
      14
      Team logoWatford
      42121614+252
      15
      Team logoSwansea
      42131118-1050
      Last updated 12/04/2024

      Header logoChampionship

      PosClubPWDLGDPTS
      2
      Team logoIpswich
      4226106+3288
      3
      Team logoLeeds
      422697+4387
      4
      Team logoSouthampton
      402398+2678
      Last updated 12/04/2024

      Where to Watch

      Watford vs Leeds United will be available to watch on Sky Sports Football.

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