Watford vs Manchester United: Match Preview & Prediction


Team News

  • Troy Deeney is available again after serving a three-game ban.
  • Miguel Britos came off before the hour-mark in the 3-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday and may not recover in time for Tuesday. Sebastian Prödl will deputise in his absence.
  • Marco Silva will need to assess the fitness of his players given the quick turnaround, so changes could be made against Manchester United.
  • Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas will surely come into Silva’s thinking, although Marvin Zeegelaar’s form may keep the latter out.
Manchester United
  • Jose Mourinho is expected to make changes to the side that narrowly beat Brighton 1-0 on Saturday.
  • Eric Bailly and Phil Jones remain doubts, but Marcos Rojo should come into the equation on Tuesday night. Mourinho may go to a back three here if he knows one of Bailly and Jones will be fit for the trip to Arsenal.
  • Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind were both dropped from the matchday squad at the weekend and may come into the equation if Mourinho want’s Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young fit for Arsenal a few days later.
  • After watching United struggle in midfield against Brighton, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera will expect to start at Vicarage Road, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw have not travelled.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have to settle for another spot on the bench in midweek.

Match Facts

Man Utd are undefeated in 34 of their last 38 matches (Premier League).

Man Utd have won 9 of their last 10 matches against Watford in all competitions.

Watford have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.

Watford have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).


  • Watford have won successive matches and kept clean sheets in that run. They have already taken points off Arsenal and Liverpool this season, while they also came close to beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Given Manchester United’s recent struggles at Vicarage Road, Marco Silva’s side should be confident of another upset.
  • Manchester United limped to a 1-0 win over newly promoted Brighton on Saturday and now face a potential banana-skin trip to Watford ahead of a huge clash with Arsenal a few days later. Jose Mourinho’s side lost 3-1 in this corresponding fixture last season and will need to perform much better than they did on Saturday to avoid another defeat.

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