Preview - Watford vs Manchester United 16 September 18

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Match Day 5
Watford vs Manchester United
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.68
Top Scorer 17/18: Abdoulaye Doucouré (7)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W L L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.79
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.74
Top Scorer 17/18: Romelu Lukaku (16)

Watford may be in possession of the most unexpected perfect record in the Premier League, but they certainly haven't achieved their four wins from as many games by fluke. The last team to beat them in the league was Manchester United in the final game of last season, and it is the Red Devils who will be bidding to put the Hornets winning streak to an end as they visit Vicarage Road on Match Day 5.

Watford showed excellent resilience and character to come from behind against Tottenham in their last game, and will surely unsettle what looks a shaky United defence with their physicality up front.

It's been a shaky start for the Red Devils overall, beating Leicester and Burnley but losing to Tottenham heavily at home and also tasting defeat at Brighton.

Tom Cleverley, Miguel Britos and Gerard Deulofeu are out for Watford. Jose Mourinho meanwhile must do without Phil Jones, and Marcus Rashford. Luke Shaw is also a question mark following that unfortunate concussion for the national side.

Watford struggled to contain Manchester United in this game last year when slumping to a 4-2 defeat. They appear in much better form this time around though, whilst United are yet to hit full stride.

Despite the form of the sides most are making Manchester United strong favourites for this. There seems to be little grounds for that though and we see Watford shocking another big name here.

Prediction: Watford 2 - 1 Manchester United


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  8 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 8
Possession: 46% - 54%

Referee Mike Dean took the names of Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas for Watford. Manchester United had Antonio Valencia booked and Nemanja Matic dismissed for two late yellow cards.

Watford saw there 100% start to the season ended as Manchester United picked up a big - and probably just about deserved - win on the road.

The visitors did all their damage in the opening period here, although they had David de Gea to thank for taking a lead into the break.

De Gea's first big intervention the of the game came in the 17th minute when producing a brilliant one-handed stop to repel a Troy Deeney effort which seemed destined for the top corner.

Ben Foster soon matched that in the Watford goal when tipping over a smashed effort from Alexis Sanchez.

The opener came in the 35th minute in scruffy fashion. Ashley Young's deflected cross from the left corner of the eighteen-yard box being deflected into the path of Romelu Lukaku to chest the ball home.

Three minutes later it was 2-0. A deep corner from the right being headed back in by Marouane Fellaini. Chris Smalling doing really well to control on his chest and smash home on the volley. 0-2 at the break.

Watford never gave up here and clawed a goal back in the 65th minute. Good work from Abdoulaye Doucouré down the right-hand side to pull the ball back to Andre Gray in the area around twelve yards out. Excellent finish from Gray into the top right corner.

De Gea then pulled off another wonder save in stoppage time when pawing away a Christian Kabasele header from a corner as Manchester United held on for the win.

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