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Bristol City vs Watford: Our top betting tips
Bristol City are coming off the back of an awful midweek performance as they slumped to a 3-1 reverse to lower league opposition. Will they put in a good performance here to heal some of those wounds? Find out with our Bristol City vs Watford match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Watford to win
We begin our tips for Bristol City vs Watford by backing the away side to take maximum points. The Hornets have really found their groove under Slaven Bilic now and have taken 12 points from the last 15 available to them whilst they've won each of their last two away games. Bristol City meanwhile are winless in four home games having lost three of those and, more generally, haven't won in five. On top of the vastly contrasted form, the head to head record also favours Watford. They've won three of the last five meetings between the sides losing just once – that defeat was five years ago!
Going under 2.5 goals
Our next prediction for this match backs the game to go south of 2.5 goals. Bristol City have seen four of their last five matches come in under that 2.5 marker with a game average of just 2.2 goals. Watford meanwhile also have a game average of 2.2 goals across their past five but with three of their five going under the 2.5 cut off. Last time Bristol City hosted Watford we saw fewer than 2.5 goals as well.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Bristol City vs Watford
Can Watford keep up promotion pace?
These two sides are enduring very different seasons so far. Watford sit up in fifth with Bristol City languishing in 20th place and just three points above the dreaded drop zone. Recent form is also drastically contrasted as well; across the last five matches Watford are sitting top of the pile with Bristol City 18th having collected just one point more than QPR who sit second bottom in that form table.
Bristol City endured a torrid midweek as they lost 3-1 in a home tie against Lincoln, which means there won't be many players from that game staking their claim for a starting spot here. As for injuries, Kal Naismith and Tomas Kalas are both out whilst Rob Atkinson is ill.
Bristol City Predicted lineup – O'Leary, Pring, Klose, Vyner, Weimann, Scott, James, Williams, Semenyo, Conway, Wells
Watford come into this game with a few injuries to contend with. Imran Louza and Tom Cleverley are both long term absentees with Jeremy Ngakia and Rey Manaj also out until the new year as a minimum. In Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr the Hornets have a real goal threat.
Watford Predicted lineup – Bachmann, Gosling, Troost-Ekong, Kabasele, Sema, Choudhury, Kayembe, Sarr, Asprilla, Joao Pedro, Davis
A quickfire FAQ on Bristol City vs Watford
- Where is the match being hosted? – Ashton Gate
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Watford
- What time does the match kick off? 3 PM GMT