2019-20 Premier League: Week 32 – Watford vs Southampton

Date: Sunday 28 June 2020 (4:30pm BST), Venue: Vicarage Road

Watford welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road in this weekend’s only Super Sunday clash. 

A win for Watford could move them four points clear of the relegation zone whilst Southampton can climb above Newcastle with victory. 

 

Team News

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Watford have no fresh injury concerns with Isaac Success (Achilles), Gerard Deulofeu and Daryl Janmaat (both knee) still absent. 

Southampton could be without Sofiane Boufal and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg due to respective thigh and ankle injuries, although the duo face late fitness tests.

Jack Stephens is suspended after being sent off against Arsenal on Thursday, joining Moussa Djenepo on the sidelines as the Malian international serves the last of a three match ban. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Watford are unbeaten in four of their last five league meetings against Southampton (W1, D3, L1).
  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last six trips to Vicarage Road (W2, D4). 
  • The away team has taken the lead in the last two meetings between these teams. 
  • No Southampton player has made more substitute appearances this season than Che Adams, who has come on from the bench on 15 different occasions. 
  • No Watford player has won more aerial battles than Troy Deeney this season, who has won 159 aerial battles in 20 appearances.

 

Prediction

Both teams come into this game off the back of defeats but Watford need to start finding that spark up front, because goals are what they need if want to stay up when now managed to solidfy at the back. 

Southampton meanwhile just had an off day against Arsenal with silly mistakes, although I don’t think Stephens deserved to be sent off because he had actually got the ball first and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang simply clattered into him through no fault. 

This therefore should be a good game if Southampton can rediscover their dominant spark, whilst Watford continue to grow on the attack so I am going for a draw here.

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Southampton

Result: Watford 1-3 Southampton

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