Premier League 31ª Jornada

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Liverpool – Watford (Premier League)

Liverpool and Watford are in action on Sunday at Anfield Road, for the 31st round of the Premier League. Liverpool come here in the aftermath of a defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford and is now looking to get back to winning ways before the international break. Watford, on their turn, have almost guaranteed maintenance in english top-tier, with 9 points above the bottom three with only 8 matches left.

Liverpool are in 4th place with 60 points, from 17 victories, 9 draws and 4 defeats, with 68 goals scored and 34 goals conceded. Jurgen Klopp rested several regular players in the 0-0 draw against FC Porto, for the 2nd leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, already with an eye on their clash against Manchester United. However, the reds ended up defeated at Old Trafford and eventually lost 3rd place to Tottenham, now 1 point behind the Spurs and 5 behind the Red Devils.

With Manchester United and Tottenham involved in this weekend’s FA Cup action, Liverpool will look to close the gap on second place at home to Watford on Saturday. At Anfield Road, the Reds are yet to taste defeat this season in the Premier League, having won 9 matches and tied the 6 remaining, with 33 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the 4 matches played here since the start of 2018, Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 3 and tied 1, with 12 goals scored and 6 conceded.

In their last 5 official matches, Liverpool has a record of 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-5 victory against FC Porto, for the Champions League. This result was followed by a 3-1 win over West Ham, a 2-0 victory against Newcastle, a 0-0 draw at home against FC Porto, for the Champions League, and in their last match, a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United.

Probable Lineup: Karius – Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Dijk and Robertson – Henderson, Wijnaldum and Can – Salah, Firmino and Mané.

premier-leagueWatford, on their turn, are in 10th place with 36 points, from 10 victories, 6 draws and 14 defeats, with 39 goals scored and 50 goals conceded. Watford have won 3 of their last 5 Premier League matches, and come here in the aftermath of a defeat at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. With 9 points above the bottom three and with eight games remaining, Watford are closing on on securing their Premier League status for another season.

However, away from home is where the team have more difficulties in getting points, they have lost 9 of their 15 Premier League away matches, winning 4, with 17 goals scored and 24 goals conceded. The last time the Hornets won away from home was against Newcastle at the end of November, and the beginning of 2018 they have lost 4 of their 5 trips, tying the other one, with only 1 goal scored and 10 goals conceded in the process.

In their last 5 official matches, Watford has a record of 3 victories and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with 4-1 victory against Chelsea. This result was followed by a 2-0 defeat against West Ham, a 1-0 victory against Everton, a 1-0 victory against West Bromwich, and in their last match, a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal. Cathcart, Chalobah, Kabasele, Cleverley and Deulofeu are all sidelined for this match.

Probable Lineup: Karnezis – Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa and Britos- Capoue and Doucouré – Femenía, Pereyra and Richarlison – Deeney.

Liverpool has won 3 of the 5 direct clashes in the last 11 years, tying 1 and losing the remaining.

Watford 3-3 Liverpool
Premier League 2017/18
Watford 0-1 Liverpool
Premier League 2016/17
Liverpool 6-1 Watford
Premier League 2016/17
Liverpool 2-0 Watford
Premier League 2015/16
Watford 3-0 Liverpool
Premier League 2015/16

This should be the perfect match for Liverpool to get back on track. Watford are without an away goal in their last 457 minutes of action and they haven’t won at Anfield since 1999.

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Asian Handicap: Liverpool -1.5 1.55 Bet365
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Anfield Road
  • City: Liverpool
  • Establishment: 1892

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  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Vicarage Road
  • City: Watford
  • Establishment: 1881

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