Middlesbrough v Watford tips: Back both nets to bulge on Sunday
Can Middlesbrough get the better of Watford this weekend and clinch their first home league win of the season?
October 12th, 2016
Middlesbrough’s timely return to the Premier League has been something of a mixed bag so far and the Teesiders find themselves perilously close to the bottom of the table after seven rounds of games.
Indeed their solitary win came in the Tees-Wear derby when they defeated local rivals Sunderland in August and with just one point from their three home games they really do need to start winning at the Riverside should they wish to avoid falling straight back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
Is it time for boss Aitor Karanka to press the panic button? Apparently not.
“We are in the position I thought we would be in – fighting hard, knowing that every single point is going to be tough,” he said to the media.
“We need to be calmer on the pitch and have the consistency that we had last season… but to achieve that we need more experience. We will get that experience by playing games and we have only played seven games in the Premier League. The foundations are good and we need to keep trusting this group of players.”
Watford have been in slightly better fettle in their second successive season in the top flight with the highlights certainly being the wins over West Ham United and Manchester United, although things have been far from perfect and boss Walter Mazzarri is in no doubt as to the fact that improvement would be welcome.
“We have always played good football,” he said. “The only game we weren’t able to do so was against Burnley where we had a terrible game [losing 2-0]. Of course now the team understands the lesson of Burnley and I hope we continue on this path. Something we still need to work on is to keep the ball more and also to get better in moving the ball quicker. There are still some things in the middle of the game that we still need to improve.”
Can this improvement come when the side head to the Riverside on Sunday? Apart from their surprise defeat to the Clarets, Watford have been pretty good away from home this season and with Middlesbrough collecting a solitary point in front of their home fans since the start of the campaign, the omens are good for the visitors. Indeed Watford/Draw looks a particularly solid bet on the double chance market at 8/11 with Bet365.
Another strong option is Both Teams to Score at 10/11 with William Hill, given that Watford are having few problems banging them in but are less than solid at the back having failed to manage a single clean sheet this season. Middlesbrough are having similar problems at the rear and few problems in front of goal so we believe that both nets will be bulging at the Riverside this weekend.
Our choice of goalscorer comes in the form of Troy Deeney, the Hornets striker having banged in three goals in his last four outings. He is enjoying some excellent form at the moment and it would be no surprise whatsoever to see him bag a fourth in five games this weekend, Sky Bet going 9/4 that this proves to be the case.