- Villa Park
- Watford are winless in 12 competitive games, losing ten of them.
- Watford have failed to score in each of their last four matches.
- Aston Villa have picked up eight points from their six home games under Steven Gerrard.
- Watford have lost 1-0 in four of their Premier League away games this season.
Villains look to bounce back
Aston Villa fell to their first league defeat since the start of January last weekend but they are expected to bounce back from that disappointment on Tyneside when they host the relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday.
That 1-0 reverse was the first time they have failed to score in a league game since a trip to Anfield in December but, back on their own patch and with five wins in 12 games since Steven Gerrard took charge, they will be confident of finding their scoring touch again here.
Hornets primed for relegation
Watford were heavily tipped for the drop at the beginning of the season and 23 games into the campaign that prediction looks likely to come to fruition.
Defeat at home to Brighton extended the Hornets’ winless run to a dismal 12 games in all competitions and ten of these have ended in defeat, leaving them six points shy of safety and only a point above rock-bottom Burnley.
Worryingly, Roy Hodgson’s side have now failed to score in four successive games and they have only scored one league goal in 2022 so far, with that since Joao Pedro goal coming against a Newcastle side with one of the worst defensive records in the league.
Ramsey to lead Villa to three points
Villa may not have had the best of times lately but they have more than enough about them to see off the threat of Watford. Ten defeats in their last 12 make the Villains a great bet to get the three points and, with Watford losing four of their away game by a 1-0 scoreline this season, I’m opting for a slender 1-0 correct score prediction.
Young midfielder Jacob Ramsey looks a solid value pick in the anytime goalscorer market, too. He has netted five times in the league this season and three of those have come in his last two home games, so I’m backing him to hit the net.
Aston Villa predicted lineup: Martinez; Cash, Hause, Mings, Digne; Sanson, McGinn, Ramsey; Buendia, Coutinho, Ings
Watford predicted lineup: Foster; Femenia, Catchcart, Samir, Kamara; Sissoko, Louza, Cleverley; Sarr, King, Dennis
- Four of Watford’s last six Premier League road games have had fewer than three goals
- Watford have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League matches
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