Thursday, September 16, 2021

Prediction: Stoke City vs Watford

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 9/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

Stoke City and Watford will face each other in the Championship this weekend. The match between the Potters and the Hornets is slated to kick off at 7:45pm UK time on Friday.

Stoke City

Stoke City will head into the Championship game against Watford at the bet365 Stadium on the back of a 3-3 draw with Rotherham United away from home in the league. The Potters are in poor form at the moment and have not won a single competitive game in January. In fact, Stoke are winless in all competitions since December 19 when they got the better of Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at home in the Championship.

Michael O’Neill’s side, though, are still very much in the race for the Championship playoffs this season. The former Premier League club are eighth in the league table at the moment with 37 points from 25 matches, just three points behind sixth-placed Bournemouth.

Team news:

James Chester is likely to return to the Stoke starting lineup after serving a one-match ban.

Watford

Watford, like Stoke, are aiming to clinch promotion back to the Premier League. The Hornets got relegated from the top flight of English football at the end of the season, but they are doing well at the moment and remain on course to go back up at the first time of asking.

Xisco’s side are fourth in the Championship table at the moment with 43 points from 24 matches, three points behind second-placed Swansea City. Watford will head into the match against Stoke on the back of a 1-0 win against Barnsley at Vicarage Road in the Championship.

Team news:

Nathaniel Chalobah and Joao Pedro are likely to start for Watford.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Stoke City have scored 30 goals in 25 Championship games this season.
  • Watford have scored 28 goals in 24 Championship games this season.
  • Stoke City have conceded 26 goals in 25 Championship games this campaign.
  • Watford have conceded 17 goals in 24 Championship games this campaign.
  • Watford beat Stoke City 3-2 at home in the Championship in November.

Conclusion

Stoke are not in good form at the moment, while Watford are doing well and will fancy their chances of picking up all three points. However, the Potters’ luck has to change at some point, and it is very likely that the match will end in a draw.

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 9/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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