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Liverpool face Hornets side more likely to sting at home

Liverpool face Hornets side more likely to sting at home

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Mid-table Watford may not be quite as easy an opponent as might seem for a Liverpool side looking to make sure of a top-four finish come the end of the season.

The Reds head to Vicarage Road on Monday to take on a Hornets side who have won three of their last five games, brushing aside thoughts that they might already be ‘on the beach’.

Of more importance for the visitors is the fact that all three of those wins have come on home turf and every one of them has come with a clean sheet being kept too.

That might tempt you to look at 15/1 for Watford to win by the only goal of the game, while 5/1 to keep a clean sheet is certainly an option which is worth consideration.

The home side could be hampered by the absence of defender Craig Cathcart due to a knee injury, while Younes Kaboul (hamstring) remains sidelined, but Valon Behrami is in contention for a return after a hamstring issue.

None of the Hornets’ last six games have seen both teams score, meaning that 21/20 for both teams to score not to happen could offer a moderate return.

However, do bear in mind that the three home victories for Watford have come against sides who were not on top form – Sunderland and Swansea are battling the drop, while West Brom are cruising in mid-table.

Liverpool arrive at Vicarage Road still well in the hunt for a top-four finish and eager to repair the damage caused by a 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace last time out.

Prior to that setback the Reds were unbeaten in seven games, while they have found the net in each of their last ten Premier League games.

That suggests that 7/4 for the visitors to score over 2.5 goals is a market worth a second look, while Philippe Coutinho at 33/20 to score at any time could be a winner, with the talented Brazilian playmaker having scored in four of his last five games.

Reds head coach Jurgen Klopp has both Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge back in contention after injuries, but skipper Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Ragnar Klavan remain sidelined.

Sturridge will have a point to prove if he does feature and, as he could well be used as a substitute, 33/10 to net the final goal of the game appears to have some value.

Earlier this season the Merseysiders romped to a 6-1 win at home to Watford and for those who like a real long shot, a repeat of that scoreline in Liverpool’s favour is 73/1.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.