Watford vs Blackpool prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 14/01/2023

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Blackpool

Watford - Blackpool

England Championship - Vicarage Road

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Watford entertain Blackpool at Vicarage Road on Saturday 14th January in a 3PM GMT Championship clash.

Watford vs Blackpool: Our top betting predictions

Blackpool stunned Premier League Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend and will be keen to bring that form into the league. Will they start by winning at Watford? Find out with our Watford vs Blackpool match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.

A draw will do

We kick off our predictions by backing this game to end level. Watford have struggled for form of late winning two and losing three of their last five and the picture of consistency isn't much better when you focus purely on their home form. Even then the Hornets have won two, lost two and drawn one. Given Blackpool arrive here having won just once but also having only lost once in their last five, there is a strong case for the points being shared. Blackpool have drawn each of their last two away games too and the head to head record doesn't tell us a great deal either with two Watford wins, two Blackpool wins and a draw in the last five instances of this fixture!

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A match lacking goals

Meetings between these two have been high scoring in recent years but we don't see this clash being loaded with goals. That's why we're predicting the action to go under 2.5 in the total goals market. Watford have only passed the 2.5 mark in one of their last five games – and in none of their last two. Blackpool meanwhile served up a 4-1 thriller last time out but prior to that had seen three of four games end under 2.5.

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Here are the key stats & form guide for Watford vs Blackpool

Head to Head

08/10/22

England Championship CHA

Blackpool

Blackpool

Watford

Watford

3

1

24/01/15

England Championship CHA

Watford

Watford

Blackpool

Blackpool

7

2

16/09/14

England Championship CHA

Blackpool

Blackpool

Watford

Watford

0

1

Last Five - Watford

24/02/24

England Championship CHA

Huddersfield

Huddersfield

Watford

Watford

2

1

L

17/02/24

England Championship CHA

Rotherham

Rotherham

Watford

Watford

0

1

W

13/02/24

England Championship CHA

Norwich

Norwich

Watford

Watford

4

2

L

10/02/24

England Championship CHA

Leicester

Leicester

Watford

Watford

2

1

L

06/02/24

England FA Cup FA Cup

Southampton

Southampton

Watford

Watford

3

0

L

Last Five - Blackpool

24/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Bolton

Bolton

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

4

W

20/02/24

England EFL Trophy England

Peterborough

Peterborough

Blackpool

Blackpool

3

0

L

17/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Peterborough

Peterborough

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

2

W

13/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Cheltenham

Cheltenham

Blackpool

Blackpool

2

0

L

10/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Oxford Utd

Oxford Utd

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

1

D

So, that gives you some insight to how the different bookmakers see the action unfolding. How though do the bookies odds translate into probabilities ahead of this game and how might that impact your view of our predictions? Let's find out.

Watford odds: 4/5 (1.80) – 56%

Draw odds: 8/3 (3.67) – 27%

Blackpool odds: 13/4 (4.25) – 24%

Watford are odds on favourites to win this game with Blackpool seen very much as an outside bet with even the draw market being priced up a smidgen above what we'd deem average draw odds to be. The bookies might be pretty sure what is happening in the match result markets but that's not true of the total goals. The standard go to 2.5 threshold sees both over and under options south of the evens line.

Check out the predicted lineups ahead of Watford vs Blackpool

Watford

The Hornets come into this game as favourites to win but their list of unavailable players is becoming rather bonkers. Of the nine players currently ruled out, only one is avoidable with Hassana Kamara being suspended after receiving a straight red. Joao Pedro, Dan Gosling and Hamza Choudhury are amongst those injured.

Predicted lineup – Bachmann (GK), Cathcart, Sierralta, Kabasele, Morris, Bacuna, Ngakia, Kalu, Gaspar, Sarr, Davis

Blackpool

Blackpool find themselves caught up with a series of injuries like their hosts with six players – including Liam Bridcutt and Kevin Stewart – sidelined. Callum Connolly is another who won't feature in this game; he is suspended. The Seasiders won't mind though, a close to unchanged lineup is likely anyway with Jerry Yates the only one likely to make the XI that didn't start last time.

Predicted lineup – Maxwell (GK), Lyons, Ekpiteta, Thorniley, Husband, Lavery, Carey, Patino, Hamilton, Poveda, Yates

Starting Lineups

Watford

Watford
15
Craig Cathcart
gb
23
Ismaila Sarr
sn
31
Francisco Sierralta
cl
19
Vakoun Issouf Bayo
ci
2
Jeremy Ngakia
gb
4
Hamza Choudhury
gb
5
William Troost-Ekong
ng
1
Daniel Bachmann
at
42
James William Morris
gb
3
Mario Gaspar
es
11
Ismael Kone
ca
Substitutes
32
Matthew Pollock
gb
13
Joao Ferreira
pt
37
Matheus Martins
br
53
Jack Grieves
gb
54
Tobi Ademeyo
gb
18
Yaser Asprilla
co
35
Maduka Okoye
ng

Blackpool

Blackpool
22
CJ Hamilton
ie
14
Gary Madine
gb
28
Charlie Patino
gb
1
Chris Maxwell
gb
3
James Husband
gb
2
Callum Connolly
gb
16
Sonny Carey
gb
21
Marvin Ekpiteta
gb
25
Morgan Rogers
gb
11
Josh Bowler
gb
34
Jordan Thorniley
gb
Substitutes
19
Shayne Lavery
gb
32
Daniel Grimshaw
gb
46
Tom Trybull
de
24
Andrew Lyons
ie
9
Jerry Yates
gb
12
Kenny Dougall
au
15
Rhys Williams
gb

*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.

Player to watch

Blackpool attacker Jerry Yates is enjoying the best season of his career at the moment – certainly when you consider the fact he's in the Championship – and after a rather dry patch he both assisted and scored last week as Blackpool beat Nottingham Forest. His goal took his tally for the season into double figures. He will be the biggest threat to the Watford backline in this game without question.

Check out the latest standings

Championship
# Team P W D L +/- Points
1 Leicester

Leicester

34 25 3 6 41 78
2 Leeds

Leeds

34 22 6 6 37 72
3 Ipswich

Ipswich

34 21 9 4 23 72
4 Southampton

Southampton

34 20 7 7 23 67
5 West Brom

West Brom

34 16 8 10 17 56
6 Hull

Hull

34 16 7 11 7 55
7 Norwich

Norwich

34 15 7 12 8 52
8 Preston

Preston

34 15 7 12 -5 52
9 Coventry

Coventry

34 13 12 9 11 51
10 Sunderland

Sunderland

34 14 5 15 7 47
11 Watford

Watford

34 11 11 12 3 44
12 Bristol City

Bristol City

34 12 8 14 0 44
13 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

33 13 5 15 -2 44
14 Cardiff

Cardiff

34 13 5 16 -9 44
15

Plymouth

34 10 10 14 -4 40
16 Blackburn

Blackburn

34 11 6 17 -12 39
17 Swansea

Swansea

34 10 9 15 -12 39
18 Birmingham

Birmingham

33 10 8 15 -13 38
19 Huddersfield

Huddersfield

34 8 13 13 -15 37
20 Millwall

Millwall

34 9 9 16 -14 36
21 QPR

QPR

34 9 8 17 -13 35
22 Stoke

Stoke

34 9 8 17 -17 35
23 Sheff Wed

Sheff Wed

34 9 5 20 -25 32
24 Rotherham

Rotherham

34 3 10 21 -36 19

A quickfire FAQ on Watford vs Blackpool

Watford vs Blackpool prediction

  • Where is the match being played? – Vicarage Road
  • Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Watford
  • What time does the match kick off?  3 PM GMT

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