Leeds vs Watford: Preview and Prediction

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Leeds vs Watford: Preview and Prediction

England Premier League
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Kick off at 3pm BST
Venue: Elland Road

Match Preview:

These are worrying times for Leeds who are still yet to win after six games and they come into this weekend in 18th place. The good news is that Marcelo Bielsa’s team have been able to force some draws lately and they aren’t doomed in the league just yet. But time moves quickly and if the club are in the same position in six weeks time the panic button might be doing overtime.

Last weekend despite taking the lead against West Ham they faltered and lost 2-1, it was a bad week for the club who have also lost the services of perhaps the man who could score goals and save them in Patrick Bamford and he is expected to miss most of this month at least. 

Watford are in 12th place and after a poor start overall despite beating Aston Villa on the opening weekend they have recovered somewhat and come into this game unbeaten in their last two. This has included beating Norwich by 3-1 and last weekend drawing at home to Newcastle in a game that finished 1-1.

The Hornets will be in touching distance of the top 10 if they can claim a win here and after going 3 games without scoring a goal they now have 4 in their last two games. 

 

Team News:

Leeds: Patrick Bamford has an ankle injury and is out for at least the next two weeks. Adam Forshaw has a thigh injury and isn’t expected back for at least 3 weeks. Luke Ayling is out long term with his knee.  Robin Koch is also out long term with his pelvic.

Watford: Peter Etebo has been ruled out for four to five months after his recent thigh injury.

 

Leeds vs Watford Head to Head:

Watford have won the last 4 meetings against Leeds.

There is a 70% chance to see over 2.5 goals.

Leeds last beat Watford in 2013.

 

Leeds vs Watford Prediction:

Watford has the better form but we have been hearing noises from Leeds. The team are having to adjust with Bamford and players such as Stuart Dallas will find themselves in a more forward role.

Clearly Leeds tactics from last season are now being exposed and they need a plan B. It has been something that manager Bielsa has hinted at and with some key injuries we could see that experiment being introduced for the weekend.

This match has a good percentage chance of having goals in it and we believe there will be in what should be an entertaining match. The bottom line though is that Leeds cannot keep dropping points at home, ultimately it is their home form which will be the deciding factor in keeping the club up or not.

For Watford Ismaila Sarr has been in great form and he will be relishing coming up against this Leeds side. He should be taken on to get a goal for the Hornets.

 

Leeds vs Watford Betting Tips:

Leeds to beat Watford at 1.72

Anytime goalscorer: Stuart Dallas at 6.00

Anytime goalscorer: Ismaila Sarr at 4.00

Over 2.5 goals at 2.25