Claudio Ranieri has had to endure a tough run of fixtures as his side have faced Arsenal, Man United, Leicester, Chelsea and Man City in their last five outings, so they may not be too disheartened that they managed to take three points from those games and still sit three points clear of the drop.
Defat to Man City meant Watford became the first side hit 10 defeats this season, and Ranieri will be hoping they can go on a bit of a run over the festive period and keep that number at 10.
Having lost four games in succession, Brentford are starting to show some form reminiscent of their early season success.
One defeat in four now has halted the rut, with that one loss coming away to Antonio Conte’s Spurs, though they still have managed only the one victory in eight games now and that came against an injury-plagued Everton side.
Only the toffees (4) have picked up fewer points than these two sides over the last eight outings, and while that can sometimes indicate a low scoring affair would be on the cards, we’d beg to differ on this occasion.
Both Teams To Score
Indeed, since Ranieri took charge, Watford have conceded the most goals in the League, though they’ve not struggled to find the net, scoring in each of their last four games including a 4-1 demolition of Man United.
In a similar vein, Brentford have become more leaky as the season has worn on. The Bees only conceded seven goals in their opening eight matches, though that tally doubles to 14 when looking at the seven matches since that run, though they’ve also managed to score in six of those seven games, leaving goals very much on the cards here.
Both teams have found the net in all four of Brentford’s outings against current bottom-six sides this season, with a total of 17 goals in total across those games and there’s no reason not to expect more of the same here.
The only hinderance to that outcome is the fact the hosts will have to do without top scorer Ivan Toney for this clash, with Sergi Canos also side-lined. Those two have six goals between them this season, and that will somewhat limit the Bees output.
However, they were without Toney for the trip to Elland Road where they still managed to net twice in his absence, and with Watford’s defensive record we’re happy to back the hosts to score.
Josh King To Score Anytime
Eight of Watford’s last 11 goals have come from either Josh King or Emmanuel Dennis, as both have really stepped it up in the absence of Ismaila Sarr in recent weeks.
We’d be surprised if neither found the net, and although King is slightly shorter priced, the fact that he’s on penalty duties makes him worth getting behind at the prices.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
JOSH KING TO SCORE ANYTIME