Liverpool vs Watford Preview

May 7, 2016
By: Deke Hardman

Emre Can

Sunday afternoon’s match at Anfield sees a Liverpool side fresh from booking their place in the Europa League final host a Watford side safe in the knowledge that they will be playing Premier League football next season.

The Reds go into the weekend in eighth place, four points off sixth place West Ham United with three games left to play though they could be forgiven for one eye on their alternative route to Europe next season – their Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel a week on Wednesday.

Victory in Switzerland will ensure they will be in next season’s Champions League, though they will be keen to warm up for that game in style with positive results here and against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion in their two remaining league games.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to make a number of changes to the side that beat Villarreal on Thursday evening though Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings and Divock Origi are all out.

Daniel Sturridge is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.5 (7/2) with Paddy Power ahead of Roberto Firmino who is a 6.0 (5/1) shot with a variety of firms.

The home win is 1.53 (8/15) with Ladbrokes with the visitors as highly priced as the 7.5 (13/2) on offer from Betfred. The draw is widely available at 4.6 (18/5).

Watford sit in twelfth place following their come-from-behind win over relegated Aston Villa – a result which absolutely certified their top-flight status for at least another season.

They could name an unchanged side for this game though Allan Nyom and Nathan Ake are both pushing for recalls.

Odion Ighalo is priced at 9.0 (8/1) to open the scoring with Betfair with Troy Deeney an 8.5 (17/2) chance with Stan James.

The two sides met at Vicarage Road back in December with Quique Sanchez Flores’ side running out 3-0 winners, and with their opponents potentially distracted you may fancy backing another Watford win to nil this time around at generous price of 13.0 (12/1) with Bet Victor.

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