The Hornets travel to Wales this weekend, where they will face Cardiff. This fixture has historically seen goals and draws are uncommon.
Cardiff have had an excellent start to the new campaign and after ten games, they are in 8th place. Erol Bulut’s side have picked up the majority of their points at the Cardiff City Stadium and they boast the second best home form in the entire league, winning four out of five. The Bluebirds have scored an average of two goals per game at home and only conceded an average of one. Eleven different players have netted for Cardiff which shows they can hurt the opponent from all over the field. They have also scored In all but one game also, which clearly highlights that they’ve been consistent in front of goal.
The game that they were unable to score in occurred this week, as they were defeated 2-0 away from home by Middlesbrough. The hosts deserved to win the tie overall, but Cardiff had the best opportunities in the first half. Michael Carrick’s side created four big chances in the second half and controlled the tie from the 56th minute opener.
Valerien Ismael will be disappointed by the way his side have started the new campaign. Watford are one point above the relegation positions, picking up just nine points from 10 matches. Since their opening 4-0 win over QPR, they have only won once, which comes down to their very hit or miss attack and backline. The Hornets have failed to score in 50% of their matches thus far and they are yet to win on the road, conceding an average of three goals per game.
Last time out, they suffered their third defeat in a row, losing 2-0 away to Sunderland. Watford had the most attempts at goal but they only tallied up 0.4 XG which shows that chance creation was an issue. The hosts scored just before the break and added to their lead in the 62nd minute, but they were not tested much throughout.
Cardiff’s amazing home record and Watford’s poor away showing is too difficult to ignore, the Bluebirds should claim all three points this weekend. The Hornets have also only scored in one of their four away games this season.
The final prediction is Cardiff 2-0 Watford.