The Red Devils played out a close battle with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (UCL) on Wednesday night.
A fantastic header from Joao Felix in the 7th minute of the game gave the hosts the lead and aside from Anthony Elanga’s goal in the 80th minute, there weren’t many positives in terms of performance for United with Los Rojiblancos dominating much of the game, but the result is certainly a good one and United fans will feel confident about progressing to the next round.
Despite Roy Hodgson's fruitful career as a manager, tit’s not been a dream start for him in Watford colours so far, with just one win from his five outings, with the most recent against Crystal Palace, the team he most recently managed, being one to forget.
A 4-1 defeat against the south London side didn’t really come as too much of a surprise considering Watford have only won one Premier League game since the 28th of November.
Hodgson is now the 15th manager to take the Watford job (excluding care-takers) since the start of 13/14 season, and with their turnover record he’d be lucky to see out the season.
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Elanga will be brimming with confidence after his goal in the UCL, this was his third goal of the season so far and it seems like United have another starlet on their hands.
We expect him to start this game due to his run of form recently and United may want to rest some of their more experienced players with matches coming thick and fast.
Watford are yet to play a top-four team on the road this season and have only won one game against opponents who are currently inside the top 12 (W1-D0-L14), though in fairness that did come as a comprehensive 4-1 victory over United themselves at Vicarage Road.
Of their away games against the same bracket of opponents, they have lost four out of the five to-nil and in their home games they have lost half (5/10) to-nil.
This contributes massively to the fact that Watford have lost-to-nil in 44% of their games this season and have failed to score 48%, with only Norwich drawing a blank more often.
While United have kept six clean sheets so far this season, they’ve managed to win and do so in two of their last three home games as Ralph Rangnick looks to build some momentum with this side.
Hodgson’s teams don’t have the best scoring record, and with United vying to cling on to that top four spot, we feel they’ll have the edge here on home soil
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