Watford vs Middlesbrough Odds – Saturday 14th January 2017 – 15:00
Watford are 7/5 with the draw at 21/10 and Middlesbrough are 21/10
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Watford welcome Middlesbrough to Vicarage Road in another round of league fixtures, with both sides enjoying excellent FA Cup results.
Walter Mazzarri’s men come into the match on the back of a 2-0 win at home against Burton Albion.
Christian Kabasele (21) opened the scoring for the hosts, getting Watford off to a great start in the cup tie.
The Hornets went into half time with the narrow advantage, the Championship side holding their own admirably.
Jerome Sinclair (77) put the tie beyond all doubt thirteen minutes from time, with the youngster doubling their advantage.
It was Watford’s first win since December 10th, it eases the pressure slightly on manager Walter Mazzarri.
Hornets Looking To Move On
The Hornets now find themselves in 14th place on 22 points, level with West Ham United who have been in excellent recent form.
Defeats against Sunderland, Manchester City, Stoke and now Tottenham have been damaging in recent weeks.
Watford have conceded 10 goals in their last six matches, they will be delighted with the clean sheet against Burton.
Watford come into this match as the favourites, with the visitors Middlesbrough struggling below them in the table.
This will be a tough fixture for the Walter Mazzarri’s side, with his side struggling for form and Middlesbrough a solid outfit.
The Hornets will be looking to continue their recent record against Boro, they are unbeaten in their last nine meetings.
FA Cup Relief
Boro come into this match in mixed form, despite winning against Sheffield Wednesday by a comfortable 3-0 margin in the FA Cup.
Despite their inconsistent run of form in the Premier League they will be delighted to progress to the 4th round.
Grant Leadbitter (58) ensured Middlesbrough took the lead, albeit in the second half with another goal.
Daniel Ayala then saw red in the 59th minute, just a minute after Boro went ahead, luckily it didn’t effect the result.
Alvaro Negredo (67) doubled the advantage just nine minutes later, the Spaniard seemingly winning the tie for the hosts.
Martin De Roon (90+1) scored in injury time to give Middlesbrough an excellent win, against a solid Championship outfit.
More Wins Needed
Despite that result this fixture against Watford takes on extra importance, with Karanka’s side hovering above the relegation zone.
Aitor Karanka’s side come into this match in 16th place, having registered 19 points from their opening 20 matches.
Boro will be looking to take advantage of their home matches, but away fixtures like this represent a great opportunity as well.
Middlesbrough come into this match as underdogs, with home advantage and their mixed form informing those odds.
Boro have conceded just six goals in their last six matches, they will have to discover the art of scoring more goals to win matches.
Middlesbrough will be looking to improve on their overall record against Watford, they have won 6, drawn 6 and lost 9 of their 21 meetings.
Both teams are 1/1 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Watford are Troy Deeney at 11/2 with Stefano Okaka and Odion Ighalo at 13/2. For Middlesbrough, Alvaro Negredo is at 6/1 with Rudy Gestede at 13/2.
The last time that these two sides met Watford won 1-0 and the odds of the same result are 5/1.
Watford vs Middlesbrough Odds
Tip 1 – Okaka to score first @ 13/2
Tip 2 – Watford to win 2-1 @ 9/1