First out this Premier League weekend is Liverpool against Watford at Anfield with the early kick-off on Saturday.
It’s the league leaders against the bottom of the Premier League and it will be the toughest possible test straight away for new Watford manager Nigel Pearson. Pearson was revealed ahead of their fixture with Crystal Palace (0-0) last weekend but will do his first game in the dugout on Saturday.
Watford have won only one game during the entire season and they’ve already parted ways with two managers, hoping for Pearson to be the man to guide them to safe land in the league.
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Liverpool have rotated a lot in the Premier League during the last two game weeks with players like Origi, Shaqiri, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on to make an impact for The Reds.
Liverpool have also played mid-week football yet again, with a trip to Salzburg on Tuesday where they booked their way to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Toughest Possible Start
Nigel Pearson could probably have asked for an easier start as manager for Watford but he could also argue that it’s highly unlikely that he will do it worse than any successor at Anfield over the last couple of years. Liverpool have won 6-1, 5-0 and 5-0 against Watford in the last three Anfield games and they will look to have another easy ride on Saturday.
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With a very intense schedule Liverpool will be looking to end this fast and smoothly and we can imagine that they’ll go quite strong from the start to rather rest legs when the game is looked to be won.
Klopp fielded what looks like his preferred side against Salzburg and maybe we’ll see one or two changes on Saturday, but we don’t expect any big changes.
Liverpool will fly out to Qatar after the Watford game and could probably rest legs in the semis of the Club World Cup on Wednesday instead. While the best eleven could be back on the field at the Khalifa Stadium in what Liverpool will hope to be a final a few days later.
Dejan Lovren have been subbed at both Bournemouth and Salzburg with some light hamstring problems and it’s quite likely that Klopp won’t risk him against Watford. That would mean that Joe Gomez comes back to the eleven and Liverpool will be looking for their third consecutive clean sheet.
James Milner or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could offer an option from the bench to change the shape of the midfield while Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri both will hope to play their part in the attacking line. But we still think that Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah all is set to start.
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Liverpool from Start to Finish
Liverpool proved strength and organization when they held back Salzburg during their intense start in Austria on Tuesday while they provided attack options that threatened throughout the game. And if Mo Salah had put his boots on the right feet it would have been over already before half time. Just like the case have been against Everton and Bournemouth as well during the last couple of weeks.
We expect Liverpool to control it from the start on Saturday as well and our first pick for this one is Liverpool as Half Time/Full Time winners. Backed at 4/6.
The Anfield faithful will be celebrating the win in Austria and send Liverpool off to Qatar in the best of ways and even though it’s an early kick-off we expect the fans to live up to the demands from Jürgen Klopp by making Anfield a fortress even at those occasions.
Goals Goals Goals
Watford have conceded 30 goals from 16 games so far this season and with eight coming at The Etihad their average over the other 15 games should actually be counted as quite decent.
But against Liverpool over the last few games it’s been far worse. We’ve mentioned the past three at Anfield and by adding to that Watford have conceded 25 goals from the last six meetings with Liverpool, home and away.
With five against Everton and three against Bournemouth Liverpool have also geared up in terms of their goalscoring and Saturday will be a huge chance to add more to their tally.
We expect Liverpool to come out flying and we don’t think they’ll stop until they’ve put at least four behind the Watford defence. Liverpool Over 3,5 Goals is backed at 37/19.
No Party Per Pearson
Nigel Pearson might be looking over the park in the Anfield area for inspiration from what Duncan Ferguson added to Everton when he took charge ahead of the Chelsea game, which The Toffees won 3-1. Ferguson implemented a fighting spirit that spread from players to fans and back again with extra percentage.
Watford will probably hope for something similar but at an away game at Anfield, not even some extra running, fighting and tackling will help you.
Liverpool will make life short in this game and the question is more with how many goals they’ll win rather than if they do so.
Liverpool have struggled to keep their clean sheets this season but with back-to-back blanks away from home they’ll hope to add a third in front of their own fans.
Watford have only scored one goal (in the 1-6 defeat) at Anfield over their last five visits to the ground and we can’t see them add any more on Saturday.
Our final bet is placed on the Correct Score market and we expect Liverpool to give their fans a mixture of goals and a clean sheet. We back Liverpool To Win 4-0 at 12/1.
Risk Of Rotation?
With a packed list of fixtures, the one risk to keep in mind is if Jürgen Klopp decides to do a big rotation on Saturday as well. But with the team to fly out to Qatar after the game, we do expect them to field quite the strongest team against Watford.
And even with some changes to the so-called strongest side, most of the possible sides that Klopp could feature should be able to do the work against Watford. No matter the fact of a new manager.