Preview - Southampton vs Watford 10 November 18

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Nov 09, 2018, 05:49 AM Last Edit: Nov 09, 2018, 05:51 AM by Harry85
Match Day 12
Southampton vs Watford
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: L L D D L
Average goals per match: 0.64
Average goals against per match: 1.82
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (4)

Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.45
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: Roberto Pereyra (5)

With no wins in their past seven now and arriving here on the back of a 6-1 mauling by Manchester City, things are beginning to look more than a little shaky for Mark Hughes' Southampton side. Next up its this home clash against Watford who are also looking to bounce back following defeat at Newcastle last time out.

Southampton edged this fixture 1-0 last season, with the reverse game ending in a 2-2 draw.

No confirmed injuries for the home side here. Watford look set to be without Daryl Janmaat, Sebastian Prödl and Etienne Capoue.

Watford have avoided defeat in three of their five away games so far this season and were pretty unlucky to taste defeat at Newcastle United last weekend on the balance of play and chances. Southampton look a side broadly similar in ability to Newcastle and as such a similar encounter may be on the cards here.

Southampton are yet to win at home in the league this season and have managed only three goals in their five games at St. Mary's to date.

Southampton are not a team we rate particularly highly and see being involved in the relegation battle for the majority of this season. Watford may have overachieved just a little so far this term, but nevertheless look a superior outfit to Southampton, have more goals in them, and can pick up the three points here.

Prediction: Southampton 1 - 3 Watford


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  10 - 12
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 7 - 6
Possession: 45% - 55%

Ryan Bertrand, Cedric Soares and Pierre Hojbjerg were all  booked for the home side, with referee Simon Hooper also taking the names of Nathaniel Chalobah and Gerard Deulofeu of Watford.

Watford had already been under significant pressure as the result of a corner kick when the opening goal arrived from the same scenario in the 20th minute. The ball being swung over from the left and seeing Watford given two chances to clear the ball, but declining to take either. Shoddy defending. Danny Ings making the most of it to dispossess Roberto Pereyra and slot in Manolo Gabbiadini to slot home from around six yards.

Southampton 1-0 up at the break.

The Saints were never able to grab would likely have proved a decisive second goal though, and whilst their lead remained at just one, they always looked vulnerable.

Watford finally did grab their equaliser in the 82nd minute. Good work from Troy Deeney and Andre Gray down the right-hand side with the ball eventually arriving at the feet of Jose Holebas to the left hand side just outside the 18 yard box. Holebas firing a powerful effort on goal which may well have been going in anyway, but which was certainly aided by a hefty deflection on the way through to leave keeper Alex McCarthy with no chance at all.

The point gained by Southampton here is enough to keep them out of the relegation zone - but only just. They now sit above Cardiff City only on goal difference. Watford stay seventh in the standings and a point on the road in this league is never too bad a result.

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