Best Odds: 3/1
Midweek football is often reserved for European football or perhaps lower league football, but every so often, we’re treated to a few Premier League encounters – and more often than not, it happens pretty late on in the season. That’s the situation we find ourselves in today, as we gear up for what should be two entertaining games of football at the highest level. The showdown that we’re going to be focusing on in this piece will be between Watford and Fulham, who both find themselves in very different positions right now.
In what can only be described as their best season in recent memory, Watford have the chance to do some really great things between now and the end of the campaign. They’re in the running to finish 7th in the Premier League, and if Manchester City were to win the FA Cup in that instance, the Hornets would be playing Europa League football next season. In addition to that, they also have an FA Cup semi-final of their own to look forward to against Wolverhampton Wanderers this Sunday.
Janmaat’s injury means he probably won’t feature in this one, with changes being expected as the Hornets look ahead to their date at Wembley this weekend.
Fulham’s return to the Premier League has gone pretty poorly, and even that might be an understatement. The Cottagers paid through the nose for a lot of high quality players back in the summer, but it wasn’t enough to avoid what has been a really underwhelming season. They’ve still got time left to try and salvage things, but it seems incredibly unlikely. All they can do now is try and rack up as many points as they possibly can, as they prepare for what should be a drop back down into the Championship.
Fosu-Mensah is being tipped for a spell on the bench after his error against Manchester City, whereas Schurrle is expected to make a push for a place in the starting XI.
Factors to Consider
- The game will be played at Watford’s Vicarage Road.
- Watford have three wins and three losses in their last six games.
- Fulham have lost all six of their last six games.
- Watford have scored 11 goals and conceded 13 in their last six games.
- Fulham have scored four goals and conceded 14 in their last six games.
There’s no way of getting around the fact that Watford are going to have one eye on Sunday, and as such, we can see them slipping up in this one. Fulham haven’t exactly shown much to the masses that suggests they’ll be able to stay in the Premier League beyond this season, but even so, a relegation-threatened team always has the potential to pull off a surprise or two. We think Fulham will race into a shock lead, before the Hornets score a late equaliser to ensure they don’t lose too much momentum in the race for 7th.
Best Odds: 3/1
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