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Stoke City vs Watford: Our top betting tips
It might not be all that unfamiliar to Watford fans but the start of a new Hornets era is here with Slaven Bilic set to take charge of his first match as manager. Will he get that new manager bounce or will Stoke spoil the party? Find out with our Stoke City vs Watford match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Watford to win
We begin our tips for this game by backing Watford to win the match. Sure, they've been inconsistent of late with a last five form guide that reads as two draws, two losses and one win whilst they're also winless in three but they're not facing a Stoke side that are in great shape either. The Potters have fared marginally better than their visitors in recent weeks with two wins, two draws and a defeat across their last five but they are lacking in the head to head department with Watford having won two of the last three meetings. Combine that with the new manager impact and we think Watford run out winners.
Going over 2.5 goals
Our next tip backs this match to go over the 2.5 goal mark. Stoke have gone over the 2.5 threshold in two of their last three matches whilst Watford have seen three of their last five go north of the all important cut off. Throw into the mix a head to head record that shows each of the last three matches between the two sides averaging 4.0 goals per game and there is very little to suggest this will be low scoring!
Here are the key stats & form guide for Stoke City vs Watford
Stoke City vs Watford prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 02/10/2022
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Will Stoke take the sting out of Bilic's boys?
Stoke arrive into this game with a couple of key players currently sidelined. Harry Souttar is perhaps the biggest miss whilst youngster Harrison Clarke is also due to be missing.
Stoke City Predicted lineup – Bursik, Fox, Flint, Taylor, Wilmot, Fosu, Smallbone, Thompson, Baker, Gayle, Delap
Watford might have a new man in the dugout but he can't just wave a magic wand and get those injured players back fit. Tom Cleverley is a massive miss whilst Tom Dele-Bashiru, Imran Louza and Rey Manaj are also ruled out.
Watford Predicted lineup – Bachmann, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Hause, Joao Pedro, Choudhury, Kayembe, Kamara, Sema, Davis, Asprilla
A quickfire FAQ on Stoke City vs Watford
- Where is the match being hosted? – Bet365 Stadium
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Stoke
- What time does the match kick off? 12 PM GMT