Watford v Middlesbrough Betting Preview – 14/1/17

Watford v Middlesbrough Betting Preview – 14/1/17


Watford v Middlesbrough Betting Preview – 14/1/17

In our Watford v Middlesbrough betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.

On Saturday afternoon this weekend in the Premier League we see Aitor Karanka take his Middlesbrough side on the long trip down to Vicarage Road to face Walter Mazzarri’s Watford. Both these two teams will fancy themselves to come away with all three points from this one. These two met in the reverse fixture back in October when Watford travelled up to the Riverside Stadium in game which lacked a lot of quality for the majority and probably could’ve gone either way. However a piece of brilliance from Junior Holebas who thumped an effort into the top corner from outside the area was enough for the Hornets to take all the points.

The home side Watford head into the visit of Middlesbrough hoping that this is the match which will put an end to their terrible run of form in which they’ve been going through in the Premier League this past month. They currently find themselves sat in 14th place in the table, with a healthy gap of seven points between them and the drop zone, but are actually winless in their last five league games. On the other hand they are just three points away from Bournemouth who are 9th, so it won’t take too much of an increase in form for them to climb up the table. With just two defeats in their last eight league ties at Vicarage Road they should be confident that they have the ability to beat a Middlesbrough side who are three points below them in the table. It has been rumoured this week that out of form striker Odion Ighalo may be off to China, the Nigerian striker who found the net 16 times last campaign, has scored just once in seventeen appearences this season and the Hornets look like they may want to cash in on him. His striker partner Troy Deeney is also struggling with just four goals to his name so far this season.

On Saturday afternoon they welcomed Nigel Clough’s Championship Burton Albion to Vicarage Road in the third round of the FA Cup. Hornets midfielder Christian Kabasele tapped in from teenager Brandon Mason’s low cross to put the Premier League side in front after 21 minutes. They put an end to five games without a win when they they got their second with thirteen minutes left on the clock. A fantastic solo run and finish from Jerome Sinclair earned Watford a place in the fourth round where they will travel to The Den to face Neil Harris’ Millwall.

The away side Middlesbrough go into the trip to Watford hoping that they can take their confidence from their solid performance at the weekend into this one and come away with a much needed three points. Boro who were promoted last season, are sitting dangerously close to the relegation zone. They currently find themselves sat in 16th place, just two places and four points above the relegation zone. A win here would take them level on points with their opponents and should give them a bit more breathing space. With just one win on the road all season in the Premier League, Boro have become draw specialists, with five out of their ten away games finishing all square, more than anybody else in the division. Rudy Gestede who they signed from Aston Villa last week could be in for his first appearance here on Saturday after he was an unused substitute at the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon they welcomed Carlos Carvalhal’s Championship Sheffield Wednesday to the Riverside Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup. After a goalless first half, the hosts took the lead just before the hour mark curtesy of a Grant Leadbitter free-kick but were then reduced to 10 men wen Daniel Ayala was shown a straight red. That didn’t effect Boro though who scored another two in the final half an hour thanks to Alvaro Negredo and Marten de Roon. This earned them a spot in the fourth round where they will welcomed League Two Accrington Stanley to the Riverside.

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best Priced on skybet at 21/10) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best Priced on WilliamHill at 11/10) – BET HERE

Alvaro Negredo to score anytime (Best Priced on BetVictor at 12/5) – BET HERE


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Watch the highlights from Boro’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday here: