Two bottom half teams will face each other on Sunday. Despite being separated only by 2 league positions, Southampton are leading Watford by 9 points, and their good form before the COVID-19 break seems to continue.
Southampton had a terrible start this season, losing 8 of the first 12 games. Most analysts believed that they are a quality side, but their pressing game and defense simply did not work at that time, especially the humiliated 0-9 defeat at home vs Leicester almost cost manager Hasenhüttl the job. However, they got awake just in time at the 14th round, and since then they performed like a top-half team, in terms of both result and match the content. They continued to show their capability even after the COVID-19 break, with a convincing victory over Norwich and an arguably unlucky loss vs Arsenal.
Coincidentally, Watford was in a similar manner. They were at the 20th position for most matchdays before December, and were back on track even later with the appointment of Nigel Pearson, the third manager of this season. They became another mid-table-level force. However, it seems that they are slightly on the back foot after the restart, with two quite below-par performance against Leicester City and Burnley.
It is pretty obvious that Southampton is the better team for now, and they are still motivated as they have not yet hit the “40-point magical safety line”. With only important Hojbjerg a doubt for this game and no other significant team news, it is still valuable to back Southampton +0AH @2.24 via VIP-IBC. Register for the best betting software and reserve your seat among winners!