Predictions

Hornet’s sting in the tale?

Liverpool travel to Watford on Bank Holiday Monday looking to cement a top four finish.

 

Watford however are locked in a eight way battle for the last two top ten spots.

 

Team News

 

Watford will have to make do without Craig Cathcart as he recovers from a knee injury.

 

Younes Kaboul, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate are all still sidelined.

 

Liverpool could welcome Adam Lallana back for this game after he resumed training last week.

 

Daniel Sturridge is also available after overcoming a sore hip.

 

No more slip ups

 

Jurgen Klopp needs his side to avoid more slips up against bottom half teams, if they are to be playing Champions League football next season.

 

Since the turn of the year, clubs languishing in the bottom half have excelled against the Reds making this even tougher.

 

With Arsenal all but out of the frame, Klopp will want to keep his M62 rivals at bay given that they got a game in hand.

 

Unity needed

 

Hornets captain, Troy Deeney blasted his fellow players after defeat last weekend at Hull.

 

Speaking to Match of the Day post match at the KCOM Stadium, he said “One team had a set of balls and ran and kicked and did all the horrible stuff, and the other team just wanted to play a game like it was FIFA.”

 

Luckily for Deeney, his side has lost just once at Vicarage Road since the 5-1 thrashing by Spurs on New Years Day.

 

Will they pull together to maintain that impressive home record.

 

Omens for Watford

 

The Reds might have dominated recent meetings but there is hope for Watford here.

 

They haven’t won four home games on the bounce since December 1986. The team that they beat to set that record was Liverpool so could lightning strike twice, 31 years on?

 

Klopp’s biggest defeat in charge of the Reds came here in December 2015. Could the ex Borussia Dortmund boss discover his English bogey club here?

 

Prediction

 

Expect to see Watford fighting back in an attempt to prove Deeney wrong.

 

Liverpool however will be no pushover and some players still at the club from the 2013-14 season will view this as chance at Bank Holiday Monday redemption.

 

That season saw the Reds travel to another London side, Crystal Palace on the first May Bank Holiday Monday and blew a 3-0 lead at half time to draw 3-3.

 

They certainly won’t want a repeat here for their top four hopes, after that draw cost them the title.

 

A draw would be best in interests of both teams but victory is more important for different reasons. Watford will just have that bit extra desire in them, after their captain’s remarks.

 

Prediction: Watford 2-1 Liverpool

Result: Watford 0-1 Liverpool

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