Liverpool are on a three game winless streak in all competitions and have not really been able to climb up the points table so far this season. The busy schedule that comes with the English fixture list will surely decide the fate of a lot of teams and Liverpool have a great chance to come out on top. They have already played all the top 5 teams from last season and have some easy games till the turn of the year. They will play Watford in this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Sanchez Flores has done a tremendous job with the Watford team who lie two points above their opponents in the league table. They have been able to grind results out against opponents and will hope to do the same to the Reds this weekend. Here is Preview of the game along with the Team News, Expected Line-ups, Predictions and Betting Odds.

The Watford vs Liverpool game will be played on Sunday the 20th of December at the Vicarage Road in Watford. The kick off is scheduled at 1:30 pm BST (7:00 pm IST).

Team News:

Elkstrand and Hoban are suffering from knee injuries and will not be available for his game on Sunday. Sanchez Flores is however expected to get mid-fielder Valon Behrami and defender Sebastian Prodl back into the squad after recovering from injury. Odion Ighalo who has been exception for the home side will lead the line once again for Watford.

Liverpool will surely miss the energy of James Milner who picked up an injury recently. Klopp will also not have the services of Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge until the turn of the year and the latest news from the press is that Simon Mignolet is also a doubtful starter for this game. But the good news for Liverpool is the return of Mamadou Sakho who might get his chance in the starting line-up after a week’s practice.

 

 

Expected Line-ups:

Watford:

Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Abdi, Capoue, Watson, Jurado, Deeney; Ighalo

Liverpool:

Bogdan; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Henderson; Lallana, Coutinho, Ibe; Firmino

 Key Battles:

Skrtel vs Ighalo:

The Watford striker has been in tremendous form of late and is a threat for the best defenses in the Premier League. He will be up against Martin Skrtel who has at times looked shaky at the back. If Ighalo can put Skrtel under pressure he can get him to commit some mistakes which will hurt the visitors.

Coutinho vs Capoue:

The formation used by Klopp away from Anfield has usually given a lot of headache to the opposition defenders. A false 9 in Firmino will surely give his Brazilian team mate Coutinho lots of space at the back and this is something Capoue must be aware of. He cannot afford him any space as he can be lethal with the ball at his feet.

Betting Odds:

Watford: 10/3

Draw: 34/13

Liverpool: EVENS

Prediction:

Liverpool have not been able to score freely in the last few games but have a tremendous chance this weekend to rise in the points table. Watford have been impressive but will have bring out their best game to get a result from this fixture. However, if they can get the first goal of the match, they are more than capable of holding onto the lead and can easily hurt Liverpool’s chances in the Premier League.

Our Prediction:

Watford 2-3 Liverpool 

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