Manchester United visit Watford today for an away fixture after coming from a 2-0 victory against West Brom before the international break. However some players picked up injuries while being on international duty one them being Anthony Martial who faced a knock on his leg. Others who will miss the game are Wayne Rooney who is ill, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia who recently underwent a surgery and Fellaini. That means United will play without their 5 key players. This means Lingard and Wilson will be given chances and the youth can be seen on bench.

Talking about Watford, the team will host United after losing 2-1 against Leicester City on November 7. Watford will look to make the most from this game and try their best to win as the Red Devils’ squad looks shaky due to their unfortunate injuries. Manchester United is currently 4th on the league standings, whereas Watford stands 11th on the table.

The game will be played at Vicarage Road, Watford’s arena, at 12:45 GMT i.e 6:15 IST. This article is a preview of the game as we discuss the key points, predicted line ups and betting odds.

Team News

Manchester United :  In the presser that took place at 10:00  GMT on 20th November, LvG spoke about the injuries and the players who miss out on the game, that’s Martial, Fellaini, Captain Wazza, Carrick and Valencia. Lingard is expected to score as he gets yet another game to prove his caliber. Wilson will be played as well but the gaffer stated that he won’t be made to play the whole 90 minutes since he hasn’t been in game rhythm lately.

Watford : Hornets’ head coach Quique Sanchez Flores said that the team will play with respect, passion, tradition and organization. The boss is aware of how massive Manchester United is but also realizes that it’s their opportunity to show again that they’re ready to face big teams. The team has learnt from its previous game and is looking forward to make use of all the chances to turn the result in their favour.

Expected line ups

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Wilson.

Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes, Ake, Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Anya, Deeney, Ighalo.

 

Key battles

Juan Mata vs Craig Cathcart

Juan Mata has been decent this season by netting 4 goals and providing 3 assists in his 12 PL appearances for the team. With a pass success rate of nearly 89%, Mata is brilliant in his passing. Taking direct free kicks, set pieces and making through balls are his specialities. Cathcart will have to be cautious with Mata as his finishing has also been at par. However, Mata is weak when it comes to tackling and Cathcart is at advantage here. Mata will probably start on the RM or RW. Mata needs to be alert during Cathcart’s indirect set piece threats. Cathcart likes playing the ball off the ground.

Odion Ighalo vs Chris Smalling

Ighalo has been in terrific form for Watford as the striker has scored 7 goals and 2 assists in just 11 games. Successful finishing and brilliant dribbling skills of Ighalo are going to worry Chris Smalling of Manchester United as Ighalo is one big threat for the Red Devils since the player just cannot stop scoring! Mentioning about Smalling now, he has been the most consistent player for United lately and has played a key role in all games. Smalling’s role in the defense will surely stop the Watford side from netting goals as the defender’s passing and crossing skills have been top class. It will be a treat to the eyes to see the best players of both the teams compete against each other.

 

Betting odds

Manchester United – 21/20

Watford – 16/5

Draw – 23/10

 

Predictions

Looking at United’s injury crisis, the team misses out on its important players and thus a victory would be tough for them. The team will include a lot of youth and Lingard will be expected to score a goal or two. Watford will try to put up a tough fight and play with passion as said by the gaffer. A scrappy win for United is likely to happen.

Our Prediction

Watford 0-1 Manchester United.

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