Liverpool travel to Watford tomorrow with the hopes of earning three points and jumping ahead of Chelsea as Chelsea go up against Brentford.
Liverpool sit in 2nd place in the English Premier League (EPL) with 15 points, only a point behind Chelsea. They are the only team left in the league without a loss and they would very much like to keep it that way tomorrow at Vicarage Road.
Watford occupy the spot number 15 and their results are anything but consistent. Which is exactly why they decided to mix it up in the manager’s seat and on the 4th of October they hired the well-respected Claudio Ranieri whose biggest achievement is without a doubt winning the EPL in 2016 with the greatest of underdogs, Leicester City! After coaching Leicester, he has had short stints in Nantes, Fulham, Roma, and Sampdoria but he was unable to settle anywhere. Will Watford become his home for a longer period of time than just a single season? That is hard to predict, but we will get a first glimpse into the changes in Watford’s playstyle tomorrow.
Statistics play in favour of Liverpool. They are on a 17-match-long unbeaten streak in the EPL and they are easily the most goal-scoring team in the league with 17 goals in 7 matches. But looking back into the past, Liverpool have been in a very similar spot in February of 2020. They were on a record-breaking 44-match-long unbeaten streak and it was non-other than Watford who finally found a way to beat them in a spectacular fashion 3-0!
Watford are sure to miss several of their players. Etebo is out with a muscle injury, and Kabasele and Sierralta will probably be out as well. Joshua King is uncertain as he has problems with his knee. Young Harvey Elliott is definitely a no-go for Liverpool after suffering a serious ankle injury in a game against Leeds, while Thiago, Alexander-Arnold, and Jota are all uncertain to start as well.
So who to keep an eye on in this match? Ismaïla Sarr is absolutely Watford’s most important player at the moment, and if anyone is going to score for them, it will most likely be him. And for Liverpool? Sadio Mané stands on 99 goals in the EPL for Liverpool right now, and making it a hundred will be a strong motivator!
We predict an easy Liverpool 3-0 win. Watford need more time to get used to Claudio Ranieri’s style of football and Liverpool are ravaging their opponents away from home this season, usually scoring 3 or more goals.