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Aston Villa have been one of the more proactive sides in the transfer window, bringing in the likes of Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, and Danny Ings earlier on in the transfer window, assuming in the knowledge that they would be receiving a huge sum for captain Jack Grealish.
That has left Villa as the side that a lot will be keeping a close eye on this season with their array of talent leading many to believe that they could very well push for a European slot this year, even if it’s just the Europa Conference League.
Watford have had a carousel of managers in recent years and it’s hard to fully get behind one in the knowledge that a string of poor results will see them shown the door.
Current boss Xisco is the fifth manager in the last two years, and is currently the longest-serving since Javi Gracia, and a poor start to the season would more than likely see him out.
They’ll be happy with their opening fixture list and will need to get some points on the board before November, in which they face nothing but big sides.
Aston Villa To Beat Watford
Villa have lost just two of 10 fixtures against promoted sides under Dean Smith, with those results coming against Leeds last season who went on to have a terrific first season back in the top-flight under Marcelo Bielsa, while the other was Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United who again exceeded expectation, so their record against promoted sides will stand them in good stead here, winning all three away such games last season by an aggregate score of 7-0.
The Hornets have had a bit of a torrid pre-season by all accounts and having narrowly win their first game against Colchester 2-1, they went winless from their subsequent five, losing 3-1 to Premier League duo Brentford and Crystal Palace and playing out stale draws with Championship West Brom and League Two Stevenage, all of whom can rightfully be classed as weaker than Villa so the away win certainly appeals to us here.
Watford do have a positive record against Villa though, winning three of the last four meetings with the only exception coming as Tyrone Mings managed a late winner in their most recent meeting season before last.
That should have little bearing on this game however, with Villa having progressed massively since then and Watford not in the richest vein of form heading into the campaign.
This is the perfect opportunity for Villa’s new boys to stake a claim to a starting spot, and we’d expect their array of attacking talent to pull through here at Vicarage Road.
Aston Villa To Beat Watford At 13/10
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