Watford v Manchester United preview

Surely there cannot be a better time for Watford to welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road and expect to take all three points.

The Hornets have started the new Premier League season in stirring style, winning four out of four to match the efforts of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have won two and lost two and have looked far from convincing for their agitated manager Jose Mourinho.

Hornets look decent value

Those records so far this term would tend to suggest that the hosts offer very good prospects at 4.35 to win the game on Saturday evening, with United looking to be a bit skinny at 1.95.

Not only have Watford picked up maximum points, but their last game saw them end the 100 per cent record of Tottenham, as they were downed 2-1 in Hertfordshire.

The only counterbalance to that argument is that the men from Manchester have won 14 of their last 15 meetings with the Hornets, with the last draw between the two sides coming all the way back in May 1986.

The last five times this fixture has been played, neither defence has been able to keep a clean sheet, so both teams to score on Saturday at 1.82 could give you a little bit back for your money if the script goes the usual way.

Deeney usually spot-on

One player who also seems to have been in the thick of the action in recent Vicarage Road meetings between these sides, is Watford skipper Troy Deeney.

The bustling striker has found the net in all three home showdowns with United since the Hornets returned to the top-flight for the 2015/16 season.

Even more intriguingly, all three of his goals have come from the penalty spot and he is 3.50 to score at any time on Saturday, while the hosts are 7.50 to score a penalty during the game.

Late goals on the cards

Late drama is another notable feature of the recent meetings at Vicarage Road, with seven of the 13 goals in the last three league clashes coming in the final 15 minutes of the game.

With that in mind, a goal to be scored between 76 minutes and full-time, available at 2.10, looks a useful prospect.

What to make of United?

United and Mourinho appeared to give their most coherent performance of the season just before the international break, as they won 2-0 at Burnley thanks to a Romelu Lukaku double.

The Belgium striker then went away and scored three goals in two games for his country against Scotland and Iceland, so he could hardly be in better form, which is even more important given that Marcus Rashford is beginning a three-match suspension.

All three of Lukaku’s Premier League goals so far this season have come in the first half, so you may well consider 5.00 for him to score the first goal of the game at Watford, with 2.25 to score at any time not too tempting.