Watford vs Burnley Bet Builder Tips, Predictions and 9/2 Betting Tip
Kicking off the Championship fixtures this weekend sees two relegated sides face off in Watford and Burnley, under the lights at Vicarage Road.
I’ve picked out a bet builder and an anytime goalscorer betting tip for this tasty match.
Watford find themselves live on Sky Sports for the third time already this season, having already faced Sheffield United and most recently West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening on television. Burnley’s opening win away to Huddersfield was also televised, so we have a good idea of what to expect from both of these sides even though it’s early on in the season.
The two boast identical records so far this season having won their first fixtures 1-0, and drawing 1-1 in their second round of matches. Watford were very lucky to come away from The Hawthorns with a point, however, despite missing a late penalty the home side West Brom they were completely outplayed and manager Rob Edwards admitted they were lucky to come away with a point. Burnley fought back from a goal down against Luton Town at the weekend, but were disappointed themselves not to have won the game having had 72% possession and 12 attempts on goal. Their issue was, of the 12, only one managed to hit the target and that was midfielder Josh Brownhill’s tidy equaliser.
Burnley will need to put that right if they’re going to get anything from the game on Friday evening. Fresh from a 4/1 bet builder winner in Monday’s clash between Watford and West Brom, I’ve picked out another which promises to go close.
🌟Watford vs Burnley Bet Builder Tip
- Match result – Draw
- Under 2.5 goals
- Both teams to have over 2 corners
Odds – 9/2 with Bet365
Match result – Draw
Of the last five head-to-heads, Burnley have won on three occasions and the points were shared in the other two. The Clarets definitely have had the upper hand over the home side in recent years, but in most of those fixtures Watford were a struggling Premier League side whereas Burnley were an established outfit in the top flight.
I think this one will be a tactical affair, with both sides looking to get on the ball and play stylish football. Burnley impressed me on the opening day, and Vincent Kompany’s men definitely have a new style that will excite their fans. Watford looked equally as good in their opening fixture, but somewhat disappointed me in their next game as they struggled to cope with the opposition’s firepower. I’ve waxed lyrical about their front three already in a number of previews, but with the recent reports of Ismaila Sarr joining Leeds United, I think they’ll need to pull out a bit more if they are to beat sides like Burnley at home. I can see Kompany’s men taking a point back to Lancashire on Friday.
Under 2.5 goals
This selection has landed in each of these sides opening two fixtures. Whilst it wouldn’t surprise me if there were goals in this one, I can see it being cagey and as mentioned above, Burnley don’t exactly have the most prolific strike force. Watford are definitely capable of scoring goals, but this is another tough fixture for them so I think that there’ll be less than three goals in this one.
Both teams to have 2+ corners
Watford failed to win a corner in their last fixture, but that was to the credit of West Brom and their relentless attacking pressure. They did however have five corners at home on the opening day, so I can see them getting at least two here.
Burnley on the other hand have had 17 corners this season, 12 of those at the weekend and five on the opening day. They will look to their wing-backs Connor Roberts and Ian Maatsen to drive them forward and put dangerous crosses in to test Watford’s back line. I’ll be surprised if this selection doesn’t land.
Watford vs Burnley Betting Tip
- Ashley Barnes (Burnley) to score anytime – 13/5 with Paddy Power
I’m going for Burnley’s striker Ashley Barnes to find the net and open his account for the season as my betting tip on Watford vs Burnley. The 32-year-old is a handful for defences, running the channels effectively and holding the ball up to bring his team mates into play. He will be kicking himself for not already being on the scoresheet this season having missed a gilt edge chance to win the game against Luton. He’s not the most prolific, so this selection comes with caution, however he has netted twice against Watford in recent years, both coming at Vicarage Road and both coming from the penalty spot. This is definitely a happy hunting ground for him, so I’m taking a chance on him to score again on his visit on Friday evening. He is 13/2 with Bet365 to open the scoring, I wouldn’t put you off a little go on that either!
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