Watford v Liverpool Betting Predictions – Back Liverpool at 9/2 with Betfair
Liverpool continue to struggle against the sides lower down the table than themselves. Sunday’s home defeat to Crystal Palace was barely a shock to many, but the fact they couldn’t deal with former striker Christian Benteke’s power up front continued a rather worrying trend. If teams harass them, then the Reds can crumble.
It is for that reason they will be happy to see their next opponents as they arrive at Vicarage Road to face Watford. The Hornets have been even less reliable than Jurgen Klopp’s side of late, having assured Premier League safety, it looks as though they cannot wait for the season to end. Their lack of urgency in games was shown at Hull last week where, from the start, they failed to show any real desire to win the game. Even a very questionable red card for Oumar Niasse did not stoke the fire in their bellies as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the KCOM Stadium.
Walter Mazzarri made a scathing assessment of his side’s performance in attack, but the real issue was that they didn’t get after Hull with or without the ball. It may be that getting in Liverpool’s faces can upset their rhythm, but failure to do allows them to dictate the tempo of games and begin to press high. If they do that, they will win the game with consummate ease.
Crystal Palace have won three Premier League games in April:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 23, 2017
2-1 vs. Liverpool
3-0 vs. Arsenal
2-1 vs. Chelsea
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The movement of the Reds is impeccable at full strength, but against Crystal Palace they failed to step up. Not only did the Eagles do everything right in a defensive sense, both keeping their shape and being brave with the pressure, but the home side struggled without three key men. Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson missed out, and if they do so again, Watford will have a route to victory.
Without Mane and Lallana, Liverpool cannot press to their optimum level either in the middle or out wide, while no Henderson reduces their ability to control games. If Etienne Capoue, for example, can get on the ball, and feed Mbaye Niang and Nordin Amrabat out wide, a home win could easily be on the cards.