Market: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 4/7 @ 888sport
Looking to cause another real upset on Wednesday night, Stoke will make the trip to an empty Vicarage Road in midweek.
Starting with the hosts, slumping to what was a worrying 1-0 defeat away at relegation contenders Barnsley over the weekend, Watford have struggled to get themselves out of the traps this season. Sacrificing their Premier League status over the summer, the Hornets have now failed to win any of their last three Championship matchups on the bounce and some feel that the pressure could already be on new boss Vladimir Ivić. While 18-year-old João Pedro might have impressed many since bursting onto the scene at Vicarage Road, Watford have failed to record more than a single strike on their three-match winless run. Failing to win any of their last five meetings against Stoke, the Hornets could face another real banana skin in midweek.
As for the visitors, bouncing back from their 2-0 defeat away at Swansea last week, Stoke managed to pick up a deserved 1-0 win against Rotherham over the weekend and the mood in their camp should still be at a real high. With only their goal difference keeping them from breaking into the play-off positions, the Potters have made a string of improvements since bringing in former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill. Losing just one of their last eight contests across all competitions, it should also be noted that Stoke have knocked both Wolves and Aston Villa out of this year’s EFL Cup. With Wednesday’s opponents playing out a 0-0 draw the last time they faced off back in 2018, we’re backing another low-scoring encounter at Vicarage Road.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals Watford vs Stoke 4/7 for Wednesday’s Championship matchup @ 888sport
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