Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Will the Clarets face their first defeat?


Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Watford will start as favorites to win their upcoming match against Burnley as per the latest predictions.

The battle in the EFL Championship is expected to become more intense with many interesting matchups lined up in the coming days. Watford is set to host Burnley for the next home fixture in the EFL on Friday, 12 August. It will be a contest between two sides who got relegated from the last season of the Premier League and are looking for another successful EFL campaign this year. The Hornets are coming off a win in the season opener against Sheffield United.

Burnley will aim for their second win of the Championship when they meet Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium on Friday. It has been a good start to the season for the Clarets under the new manager and former Man City captain, Vincent Kompany. Burnley remained unbeaten in the first two matches of their campaign. In the last game, they settled on a draw with Luton Town. It will be a good challenge for Burnely in the upcoming match but they have the potential to defeat the Hornets in their own backyard.

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Odds

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Recent Form

Watford managed to get promoted to the Premier League in the last season but their campaign ended on a disappointing note as they got relegated after finishing at the 19th spot on the points table with 23 points from 38 games. In the Club Friendlies which were scheduled last month, the Hornets won just 1 match. They lost 2 and 2 games ended in a draw. Watford started their campaign on a positive note under the new team manager, Rob Edwards by giving a 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in the season opener.

Burnley also got promoted to the last season of the Premier League. They had some good moments but lost the relegation battle to Everton. The Clarets finished their campaign at the 18th spot on the points table with 35 points from 38 matches. Burnley played 3 Club Friendlies games in the last month. They won 2 and lost 1 match. The Clarets started their season with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield before playing a 1-1 draw with Luton Town in the last game.

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Recent Team Stats

Stats Watford Burnley
Matches Played 1 2
Current Position in EFL  7 (3 points) 3 (4 points)
Goals per game 1.00 1.50
Goals conceded per game 1.00 0.50
Clean Sheets % 50% 50%
Ball Possession % 53% 46.67%

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Form Guide

Watford: W D W L D L

Burnley: D W W W 

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Last Match Analysis

Watford:  Watford started their campaign by facing a tough fight from Sheffield United in their home stadium. It took the Hornets 56 minutes to score the first goal which eventually turned out to be enough to win the contest. Joao Pedro was the man who gave no chance to goalkeeper Wes Foderingham from six yards after he got a brilliant pass from Ismaila Sarr. It was a stellar performance from the defense which gave no chance to the opposition for an equalizer in the remaining minutes.

Reaction from team manager Rob Edwards: “I’m delighted with the commitment and the spirit of the lads. We wanted to try and show an intensity in our play and I felt at times in the first half we had it. We definitely had it at the start of the second half and we got the goal – and I thought we showed a lot of resilience and calmness to protect it.  We know we’ve got quality – but quality alone is not enough. You need to run, you need to fight and work for each other.”

Burnley: Burnley faced an early setback in the last match by conceding a goal in the 5th minute. It was a long wait for the home fans to cheer as the equalizer came after the first half at the 50th minute, thanks to the amazing low shot from Josh Brownhill that deceived the keeper Ethan Horvath. A lot of credit goes to goalkeeper Aro Muric as well who made sure his side doesn’t give away the lead again to the visitors.

Reaction from team manager Vincent Kompany: “Keeping Brownhill this season was crucial and he was ready for the responsibility to become a key player. I still see some growth in his game. I don’t want to talk him up too far but he can be one of the players of the Championship if he stays on this road this season. For 10 minutes we were on the back foot dealing with what Luton were bringing to the game but I think after that we matched them for everything, matched them for second balls.”

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: H2H

Matches: 46 | Watford: 13 | Draw: 11 | Burnley: 22

Recent 5 Meetings: Watford: 0 | Draw: 2 | Burnley: 3

Last Meeting: Burnley defeated Watford with a score of 2-1 in a Premier League fixture on 30 April 2022.

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Previous Meeting Highlights

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Possible Lineup

Watford (3-4-2-1): Bachmann; Kabasele, Sierralta, Cathcart; Kamara, Cleverley, Kayembe, Sema; Sarr, Dennis; Pedro

Burnley (4-4-2): Muric; Roberts, Harwood-Bellis, Taylor, Maatsen; Brownhill, Cork, Cullen, Bastien; Costelloe, Barnes

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Defensive and Offensive Stats

Goalkeeper:

The Austrian professional, Daniel Bachmann does the goalkeeping responsibility for Warford. Bachmann made 3 crucial saves in the first match against Sheffield United. 

Burnley relies on the Kosovan goalkeeper, Arijanet Muric. Muric maintained a save rate of 50% in the first two games of the season. He is expected to improve the rate in the upcoming games.

Defense:

Christian Kabasele and Hassane Kamara are some of the leading defenders for Watford. Kabasele made 2 interceptions in the season opener with 89% success in total duels. Kamara cleared the ball on 3 occasions. He also added 2 interceptions and 2 tackles to his name.

The key defenders for the Clarets include Charlie Taylor and Taylor Harwood-Bellis. Taylor is playing with 2 clearances per game this season with 67% success in ground duels. Harwood-Bellis has played at an average of 2.5 clearances per match till now, winning 71% of aerial duels.

Midfielders:

Ismaila Sarr is one of the important midfielders for the Hornets. Sarr assisted in the only goal from Watford in the last game. He played with a passing accuracy of 89%. Edo Kayembe is another crucial midfielder who made 2 key interceptions and maintained his passing accuracy at 89%.

Josh Brownhill scored the equalizer for Burney in the last match against Luton Town. He also got a success rate of 82% in ground duels. Josh Cullen is also a promising midfielder who has played with a passing accuracy of 91% so far with 61% success in total duels.

Forward:

Watford’s attack is led by the young Brazilian striker, Joao Pedro. Pedro scored the match-winning goal for his side in the last fixture. He will surely look to add many goals to his name in the upcoming games.

The English and Irish strikers, Ashley Barnes and Dara Costelloe lead the attack for Burnley. Barnes has assisted in 2 goals so far and he maintained an average of 1.5 key passes per game. Costelloe has played with a passing accuracy of 84% with 50% success in aerial duels.

Watford vs Burnley Prediction: Winner

It is quite difficult to predict a winner as we are still in a very early stage of the tournament and teams are analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. Both teams are yet to face a defeat this season. Burnley has been the better side if we check out the H2H stats. However, Watford will be having the home advantage on Friday. The predictions and betting platforms are giving a slight upper hand to Watford for this fixture.

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