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Watford vs Manchester United: Mour trouble in store for Red Devils

Watford vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Watford put their 100% record to the test with another tough home match against Manchester United on Saturday evening.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The Hornets joined Liverpool and Chelsea in winning their first four games with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham before the international break.

United ended a run of back-to-back defeats and eased the pressure on Jose Mourinho with a 2-0 victory at Burnley a couple of weeks ago which moved them into the top half of the Premier League table.

Match information

When is it? Saturday 15th September

What time is kick-off? 17.30

Where is it being played? Vicarage Road

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Who is the referee? Mike Dean

Watford vs Manchester United Betting Tips

The lowdown

United completed the double against Watford last season and are a shade under evens to beat them for the fourth time in a row on Saturday.

However, Watford proved their perfect start to the season was no fluke when they beat Spurs at Vicarage Road despite being slightly behind in the expected goals scores (0.97xG-1.19xG).

Watford's expected goals average also suggests they have been riding their luck in the last couple of games, especially against Crystal Palace who were more than half a goal better in terms of creating quality chances.

But having scored at least twice in all four of their Premier League games, the first of our Watford vs Manchester United predictions is Watford to win, draw no bet at 41/20.

United are fifth in attack for expected goals, but the Hornets have the second best defence for preventing chances so it's worth persevering with Javi Gracia's men for the time being against a team that has conceded seven goals and only kept their first clean sheet at Turf Moor.

Feature match previews for this weekend

If you're interested in tips on our feature matches for the weekend, check out our in-depth previews below:

First goalscorer

Romelu Lukaku may be an obvious pick for first scorer but the United striker already has three goals from as many starts and broke the deadlock in Belgium's 4-0 win against Scotland on Friday night.

The former Everton star stands head and shoulders above his team-mates and opponents in terms of expected goals over the last 10 matches and is the next of our free football tips to open the scoring at 4/1.

Anytime goalscorer

Christian Kabasele has yet to get off the mark but the Watford centre-back scored against quality opponents Tottenham as well as Everton last season so may be worth a punt at 12/1.

Mourinho did not get the high-class centre-back he wanted over the summer and defensively United have looked vulnerable as Brighton and Tottenham proved before the break.

Where the game will be won or lost

Gracia's natural instinct is to prevent goals and despite conceding in three of their four games, Watford have allowed their opponents relatively few quality chances this season.

This weekend's best bets

If you're interested in accumulators or in-play betting, check out our regular betting columns:

United have been criticised by pundits and fans alike for their slow approach play, so the pressure is on for them to start putting the opposition on the back foot.

As such, we're expecting over 2.5 goals at 1/1 in the second of our Watford vs Manchester United betting tips.

That has been the case in 75% of their matches this season and in the last three meetings between the teams at Vicarage Road.

Finally, the timing graphic suggests goals could be on the cards in the first half as there have been in three of United's four games, so the next of our football tips for the weekend is for the first goal to be scored between 11-20 minutes at 17/4.

That's a period when Watford look vulnerable, whereas United are strong, plus they have broken the deadlock between the 11th and 20th minute in two of their last three visits here.

Team news

Watford have no fresh injuries. Winger Gerard Deulofeu has been out with a groin problem in recent weeks and suffered a minor injury on his return to training, but should be back soon. Tom Cleverley is the only long-term absentee.

Marcus Rashford starts a three-match domestic ban for Manchester United but Luke Shaw could feature despite sustaining concussion playing for England. Ander Herrera (ankle) and Marouane Fellaini (back) are doubts.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Watford have overachieved so far and United have the quality to end their winning run, with in-form Romelu Lukaku likely to be on the scoresheet once more.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football