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          Watford vs Southampton: Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

          Championship high-flyers Southampton travel to play-off hopefuls Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Saints will be hoping to continue their impressive unbeaten streak of 21 games and make it to the fifth round for the fourth time in five seasons.

          • Date: 28/01/24
          • Kick-off time: 14:00
          • Venue: Vicarage Road

          The fight for automatic promotion will be shortly put on hold for Southampton as they face Watford in a bid to make it to the next round of the FA Cup.

          Southampton currently sit second in the Championship and look very good for an immediate return to the Premier League. Watford are also hoping to return to the top flight after two seasons. They occupy ninth place, but are just three points behind the top six. However, it is very tight in that area of the table, with the Hornets one of three sides on 40 points.

          Both sides dispatched of lower-league opposition in the previous round. The Saints beat League Two Walsall 4-0, with a brace from Ryan Fraser adding to goals from Sekou Mara and Che Adams. Watford took care of National League table-toppers Chesterfield, but only just. It took a late stoppage-time winner to avoid a replay.

          Watford were defeated in the third round last season, with Reading coming out on top as 2-0 winners. Southampton were on the end of a huge upset at home, the then Premier League side losing 2-1 to League Two Grimsby.

          Despite their disappointment last year, the Saints have made it to both the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the last four seasons. In 2021, they lost at Wembley to eventual winners Leicester and the following year Man City got the better of them.

          This is the first time Watford have made it past the third round since they reached the final of the competition in 2019. In that game they lost 6-0 to Man City, the joint largest margin of defeat in FA Cup final history.

          Russell Martin will be leaning on the goal-scoring of Adam Armstrong, who is amongst the top scorers in the Championship with 14 goals. He has also contributed an incredible 11 assists on top of that. Watford will find it difficult to stop this potent attack, with their 53 league goals only bettered by table toppers Leicester, who have scored two more. Che Adams has found the back of the net nine times, and Ryan Fraser has bagged seven, meaning there are number of attackers the opposition defence will have to contain.

          This will be the 26th meeting between Watford and Southampton in this century. It is a fixture that has been edged by Southampton, who have won 10 games to Watford’s eight. The Hornets did have a stretch between 2004 and 2008 in which they won six consecutive games against this weekend’s opponents.

          Earlier this season, the two sides faced each other in the Championship, with the points shared in a 1-1 draw. Che Adams opened the scoring before substitute Rhys Healey salvaged a point deep into stoppage time for Watford.

          The pair met in the FA Cup fourth round back in 2018, with the Saints winning 1-0 thanks to a Jack Stephens goal in the fourth minute. Southampton would end up making the semi-finals that season, a feat they would love to replicate this year.

          Team News

          Watford Team News

          Midfielder Edo Kayembe departed for the Africa Cup of Nations, but has since returned due to injury. It remains to be seen how much time he will miss. The club are hoping to welcome back Ken Sema for this weekend’s fixture with Southampton. Jeremy Ngakia remains a long-term absentee.

          Southampton Team News

          Midfielder Joe Aribo is at the Africa Cup of Nations playing for Nigeria. Samuel Edozie remains out and is not expected to return until next month. Kamaldeen Sulemana hopes to make a comeback soon.

          Form Guide


          In their last five games, Watford have won two and drawn three. They come into this weekend’s cup tie unbeaten since before the new year. They began this stretch with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke, despite playing with ten men for the majority of the second half. They picked up another point at Plymouth in what was a 3-3 thriller. Ryan Andrews scored a 57th-minute equaliser as they came from behind twice.

          They reached the fourth round of the FA Cup following a narrow 2-1 win against lower league Chesterfield, in which they avoided a replay after Tom Dele-Bashiru netted the winner in the 95th minute. Their only other win came at QPR, with a Jake Livermore brace proving the difference. Last time out they shared the points with Bristol City in a 1-1 draw.


          In their last five games, Southampton have won four and drawn once. The Saints have been the form team in the Championship, their only dropped points in this stretch coming away at Norwich in which they surrendered a lead. Prior to this they had beaten Plymouth 2-1 with goals from Carlos Alcaraz and Che Adams.

          They advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Walsall. They followed this up with another result of the same scoreline, this time against Sheffield Wednesday. Adams opened the scoring before Armstrong, Ryan Fraser and Sekou Mara added to the lead.

          Their most recent game was at the Liberty Stadium, where they won 3-1 against Swansea. They were 2-0 up after 20 minutes thanks to strikes from Adams and Will Smallbone. The Swans got one back but Flynn Downes responded shortly after with a deflected shot which found the bottom right corner.

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