Watford will be looking to take a big stride towards Premier League safety this weekend when they go head to head with Burnley.
Watford earned a valuable point in dramatic circumstances against Leicester City last weekend. The Foxes thought they scored the winner when Ben Chilwell stamped his name on the scoresheet in added time.
Unfortunately for City, Watford had other plans and managed to rescue a point as Craig Dawson hammered home the equaliser with one of the last kicks of the game.
One point may not be much however, in the context of the relegation battle, it could be the difference between playing Championship or Premier League football.
Watford now enter Thursday’s game with Burnley having moved up to 16th place in the table. Without that point from the Leicester game, the Hornets would have been level on points with 19th placed Aston Villa.
Following their comprehensive 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, Burnley will be hoping for a better outing this time round.
Sean Dyche’s team are 12 points clear of the relegation places and they could go level on points with 9th placed Crystal Palace should they beat Watford.
The London outfit are priced as the favourites in this contest by the bookmakers. That’s despite a pretty horrid recent run away at Turf Moor.
Out of the last 11 times that the two teams have met at this ground, Burnley have won six while Watford can only boast one. However, it must be noted that the most recent clash at Turf Moor was the encounter won by the Hornets.
There are good cases to be made for both teams but nevertheless, our betting recommendation is to go for the draw which at the time of writing is priced at 11/5.
Burnley may not have much to play for however, they will be keen to improve on spanking they received from Man City. Watford, on the other hand, are fighting for their survival but visit a ground which historically they’ve struggled on.
A draw, therefore, seems to be the most reasonable way out.
*All prices correct at time of writing and are subject to change
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