Hull vs Watford Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups and Betting Tips 22.04.2017
Watford travels on North for a clash against Hull City when both clubs will meet in a regular Saturday afternoon English Premier League round-up. “The Tigers” from Hull lost their last two games and this places them only on two points over the relegation zone, while guests from Watford have reached the cherished barrier of 40 points after three wins in last four rounds.
H2H History: Hull City vs Watford
Earlier in the season Watford won its first ever Premier League fixture against Hull. That happened in end of October when “The Hornets” won by a late own goal of Hull City’s captain Michael Dawson at the “Vicarage Road” in Watford. It was the first encounter between Hull and Watford since another victory of Watford from April 2013, when however both were in the Championship.
English Premier League: Hull vs Watford 22.04.2017
Few months after game in Hertfordshire Hull City is led by another manager and apparently personality of Marco Silva changed their mentality. “The Tigers” are rock-solid at home and they remain unbeaten at the “KCOM Stadium” since Boxing Day when they lost 0-3 to Manchester City. Thereafter Hull collects seven wins in nine home games and this makes them one of the strongest Premier League hosts in 2017, as opposed to their away form which is terrible – only one draw and five goals scored in 15 games.
Since Marco Silva’s appointment on 5 January 2017, Hull couldn’t won once only at home turf and that was a goalless draw against Burnley in end of February. Nonetheless, we must mention that Hull won in six out of its last seven home games but also conceded in six of them. The only exception was a 2-0 win vs Liverpool early in February.
Watford head to Kingston upon Hull after three successive home wins and a clean sheet in any of them. These victories were over Sunderland, WBA and Swansea City but in-between last two Watford lost 4-0 to Tottenham in North London. However, Walter Mazzarri’s side can be pleased with its record and fact they have 10 points above their current opposition. Furthermore, Watford have played 32 games which is with one less to most of the clubs below them and they can feel determined about club’s future in the English Premier League.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
The aforementioned stats are a good evidence how important are all home games for Hull City’s Premier League destiny. Well, after two defeats away from home (nothing new, huh?) Hull returns at home and that’s one of the last six games for Marco Silva’s men. In three of them they’ll play at home, where besides an upcoming clash against Watford, Hull also takes on struggling Sunderland and one of the top clubs – Tottenham.
Away from home Hull will play against Southampton and Crystal Palace, so it’s pretty obvious that both matches against Watford and Sunerland are the most reasonable source of points for “The Tigers”.
First one of them kick-offs after less than 24 hours and wholesale changes are not anticipated. Marco Silva is expected to pick the same side that lost 3-1 to Stoke last weekend, although the Portuguese has an option to rotate a trio of strikers with Abel Hernandez, Oumar Niasse and Dieumerci Mbokani all competing for a position up front.
David Meyler, Ryan Mason, Omar Elabdellaoui, Moses Odubajo and Will Keane are still injured and will miss out again.
Watford won 12 points away from home this season but lost eight of its last 10 visits. In that period “Hornets” won only four points and unquestionably the 1-2 win over Arsenal was a huge surprise for everyone. That happened in last day of January and it has been followed by three consecutive defeats away – 2-0 vs Manchester United, 1-0 vs Crystal Palace, 4-0 vs Spurs.
Walter Mazzarri surely is tempted to gain more points in closing weeks of the 2016-17 Premier League season and after a visit to Hull, Watford have five more games – vs Liverpool and Man City at home, as well as three visits to Leicester City, Everton and Chelsea. This virtually means that Watford can find themselves in a potential danger if they lose to Hull, because all remaining rounds will be against tough opponents.
In the meantime Watford will be keen to end their goal drought away from home and Walter Mazzarri must pick a suitable approach without an injured quartet – Younes Kaboul, Ben Watson, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate. Good news are that Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami returned to action last week and he competes for first-team position here, while defender Craig Cathcart remains a doubt, but Miguel Britos comes back after suspension. Britos and Adrian Mariappa are in contention for a starting position next to Sebastian Prödl in heart of Watford’s defense.
Hull City vs Watford Betting Prediction
We firmly believe that both clubs have their own arguments for chasing the win and even if Watford stands out to its opposition here, “Hornets” won’t underestimate the situation. Moreover, Walter Mazzarri’s men can play the game without any pressure and all players in the club have to prove their worth in following weeks.
On other hand Hull City must retain its Premier League status and Marco Silva relies on a fine form shown by his squad. Anyway, we highlighted that Hull City does well at home and pulls the maximum in most occasions, but they often concede a goal as well.
We find a decent value on “Both teams to score – Yes” as we believe that Hull City and Watford have what it takes, and can score at least once on Saturday afternoon.
Venue: “KCOM Stadium”, Hull.
Referee: Robert Madley.
Possible Lineups of Hull City and Watford
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic – Andrew Robertson, Michael Dawson, Andrea Ranocchia, Harry Maguire – Tom Huddlestone, Alfred N’Diaye – Kamil Grosicki, Sam Clucas, Lazar Markovic – Oumar Niasse. (4-2-3-1)
Watford FC: Heurelho Gomes – Daryl Janmaat, Adrian Mariappa, Sebastian Prödl, Jose Holebas – Tom Cleverley, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure – Nordin Amrabat, Troy Deeney, M’Baye Niang. (4-3-3)