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Premier League preview and odds: Aston Villa vs. Watford

Published on: 24/11/2015

Transforming the fortunes of a side that had lost nine out of ten games in the league was never going to be easy and the performance at Goodison Park was a reminder that there is still a long way to go.

A quick look at the league table and Villa’s biggest problem becomes clear - they do not score enough goals. So far this term, they have bagged just 10 goals and have only scored once in their last four home games.

Watford suffer two straight defeats

Watford come into this game on the back of two straight defeats and have now slipped to 13th place in the table. However, thanks to their strong start to the season, they still retain a seven point margin over the relegation positions. It should also be noted that those two defeats came against league leaders Leicester City and 20-time champions Manchester United.

Watford have only lost two of their six games on the road this season (Leicester and Man City) and will provide a tough challenge for the Midland team. Eight of the Hornet’s 12 goals this season have been scored away from home.

Team news

Villa coud welcome back Craig Gardner and Jores Okore, while Gabby Agbonlahor remains a doubt.

Meanwhile Watford will have to make do without Sebastian Prodl and Joel Ekstrand.

Recent form (League)

Aston Villa: LDLLL

Watford: LLWWL

Betting odds and tips

Villa fought hard to earn a draw against City but they look utterly toothless in front of goal. They may find themselves fighting to hang on for a point against their newly-promoted opponents.

Watford have won two, drawn two and lost two away from home this season. Both of their defeats came against top-three sides and they will be going into this game with confidence after losing just one of their last four games on the road.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ team are not big scorers but most of their goals have come away from home. They have shown enough this season to suggest that they can take advantage of Villa’s poor form and can be backed at 9/5 with Bet365.

Published on: 24/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (24/11/2015 14:09:55) but are subject to change.