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Watford vs Middlesbrough Prediction

Watford

September 11

19:45

1 : 0
Middlesbrough

Watford

Middlesbrough

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After a five-year stay in the Premier League, Watford make their Championship return and face a home clash against a familiar foe in Middlesbrough. Boro struggled for large periods in the second-tier last term and found themselves just five points above the relegation zone. Neil Warnock replaced Jonathan Woodgate in June and helped them to safety post-lockdown, but they'll expect a better start to the new campaign.

It doesn't come much more difficult than against a newcomer in the Hornets, eager to return at the first time of asking next summer. Watching key players depart is sure to hurt them but is also a useful motivational tool at Vicarage Road, as they aim to achieve promotion this season.

Can they start as they mean to go on? Or will Middlesbrough provide them with a rude awakening to a league notorious for being unpredictable? Read my match preview, for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Watford vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips

It seems fitting Watford kick off the new Championship season. Both they and Bournemouth were relegated on the final day of the Premier League campaign as Aston Villa delivered the great escape. Middlesbrough are fortunate to still be in England's second-tier, just three years after being in the top-flight themselves.

However under Warnock, there's optimism they can drastically improve this season. An eyecatching 5-1 thrashing of Premier League side Newcastle on September 1, coupled with a gritty 4-3 EFL Cup win over Shrewsbury Town three days later shows two things.

First, there's clearly some quality among their ranks. They have multiple Premier League academy graduates, like Ashley Fletcher, Paddy McNair (both Manchester United) and Marcus Browne (West Ham). It also shows their ability to win ugly without playing particularly well.

Whether they can produce results consistently remains to be seen, so this away trip will be a good test of their credentials going forward.

Watford vs Middlesbrough Correct Score Predictions

Watford are weakened and multiple new faces will feature on this occasion, against a Boro side that haven't beaten them since October 2012! I'm expecting goals in what promises to be an intriguing season-opener.

Last matches

Watford

19-09-2020

0 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday

D
11-09-2020

1 - 0 Middlesbrough

W
05-09-2020

2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

W
05-09-2020

2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

W
26-07-2020

3 - 2 Arsenal

L
21-07-2020

0 - 4 Manchester City

L
17-07-2020

3 - 1 West Ham United

L
11-07-2020

2 - 1 Newcastle United

W
07-07-2020

2 - 1 Norwich City

W
04-07-2020

3 - 0 Chelsea

L

Middlesbrough

D

- AFC Bournemouth

19-09-2020
L

- Barnsley

15-09-2020
L

- Watford

11-09-2020
W

- Shrewsbury Town

04-09-2020
W

- Newcastle United

01-09-2020
W

- Plymouth Argyle

25-08-2020
W

- Sheffield Wednesday

22-07-2020
L

- Cardiff City

18-07-2020
W

- Reading

14-07-2020
L

- Bristol City

11-07-2020
Watford vs Middlesbrough Head-to-Head (H2H)
11-09-2020

Watford

1
0

Middlesbrough

14-01-2017

Watford

0
0

Middlesbrough

16-10-2016

Middlesbrough

0
1

Watford

06-04-2015

Watford

2
0

Middlesbrough

25-10-2014

Middlesbrough

1
1

Watford

15-02-2014

Watford

1
0

Middlesbrough

09-11-2013

Middlesbrough

2
2

Watford

12-01-2013

Middlesbrough

1
2

Watford

06-10-2012

Watford

1
2

Middlesbrough

28-04-2012

Watford

2
1

Middlesbrough

Watford
vs
Middlesbrough
Predicted Lineup
Watford vs Middlesbrough Predicted Lineup

Bachmann

Estupian

Wilmot

Kabasele

Ngakia

Cleverley

Chalobah

Dele-Bashiru

Quina

Deeney

Pedro

Stojanovic

Spence

Dijksteel

Hall

Fry

Johnson

Wing

Tavernier

Browne

Fletcher

Assombalonga

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

0-0 vs Sheffield Wednesday (A)

D

1-0 vs Middlesbrough (H)

W

2-1 vs Tottenham Hotspur (H)

W

2-1 vs Tottenham Hotspur (H)

W

2-3 vs Arsenal (A)

L

0-4 vs Manchester City (H)

L

1-3 vs West Ham United (A)

L

2-1 vs Newcastle United (H)

W

2-1 vs Norwich City (H)

W

0-3 vs Chelsea (A)

L
D

1-1 vs AFC Bournemouth (H)

L

0-2 vs Barnsley (H)

L

0-1 vs Watford (A)

W

4-3 vs Shrewsbury Town (H)

W

5-1 vs Newcastle United (H)

W

1-0 vs Plymouth Argyle (A)

W

2-1 vs Sheffield Wednesday (A)

L

1-3 vs Cardiff City (H)

W

2-1 vs Reading (A)

L

1-3 vs Bristol City (H)

12

Goals Scored

17

8

Over 2.5 Goals

6

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

1-0 vs Middlesbrough (H)

W

2-1 vs Tottenham Hotspur (H)

W

2-1 vs Tottenham Hotspur (H)

W

0-4 vs Manchester City (H)

L

2-1 vs Newcastle United (H)

W

2-1 vs Norwich City (H)

W
D

1-1 vs AFC Bournemouth (H)

L

0-2 vs Barnsley (H)

W

4-3 vs Shrewsbury Town (H)

W

5-1 vs Newcastle United (H)

L

1-3 vs Cardiff City (H)

L

1-3 vs Bristol City (H)

9

Goals Scored

12

5

Over 2.5 Goals

4

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

0-0 vs Sheffield Wednesday (A)

D

2-3 vs Arsenal (A)

L

1-3 vs West Ham United (A)

L

0-3 vs Chelsea (A)

L
L

0-1 vs Watford (A)

W

1-0 vs Plymouth Argyle (A)

W

2-1 vs Sheffield Wednesday (A)

W

2-1 vs Reading (A)

3

Goals Scored

5

3

Over 2.5 Goals

2

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

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