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Manchester United to end Watford’s great start
13 September 2018, 11:27
Manchester United to end Watford’s great start

Jose Mourinho leads Manchester United into Vicarage Road on Saturday to play unbeaten Watford.

Yes, Watford are unbeaten this season having won 12 points from a possible 12. The Hornets have taken the scalps of Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Brighton this term. Javier Gracia has his team playing good, attractive football. However, Watford’s great start can be criticised due to the level of competition they have played. Other than Tottenham, Watford’s first three opponents are all currently seated 14th or lower in the Premier League table.

Gracia has made Watford an exciting attacking team to watch. Led by attacking midfielder Roberto Pereyra, Watford have scored nine goals in four games. Each match has seen Watford score two or more goals. Pereyra has three of his own, while striker Troy Deeney has registered two. They are not the only dangermen for Gracia as his tactics have allowed full-back Jose Holebas to regularly join the team’s attack. Holebas has tallied four assists and a goal.

Manchester United have already lost twice this term and it is just mid-September. It is near-crisis time at Old Trafford, which is why Mourinho’s team is so dangerous going into Saturday’s match. Despite starting the season with a win, the Red Devils lost in back to back weeks to Brighton and Tottenham. Manchester United did win against a fatigued Burnley in their last match, 2-0. However, the team was criticised for being flat-track bullies. In addition, some claimed Manchester United should have performed better against a bad and tired Burnley side. Regardless, Mourinho picked up three points.

The Red Devils go into the weekend six points behind Watford. Mourinho’s typically solid defence has allowed seven goals and the team has posted a –1-goal difference. Romelu Lukaku has scored three times this season, but two came against Burnley. It increased his reputation for scoring against the league’s lesser teams but not in important matches. Paul Pogba has registered two goals of his own, but both came from penalties. In addition, Pogba was made captain for the club’s first two games of the season, only to have it taken off him for match No. 3.

Watford haven’t beaten Manchester United since 2016, but the win came at Vicarage Road. The Red Devils have won their last three matches against Watford, including a 4-2 barnburner last season. Mourinho and Manchester United may be vulnerable right now, and he may leave this season, but that makes them very dangerous. Manchester United will do enough to end Watford’s hot start to the season and pick up all three points.

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England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool FC 60 23 19 3 1 54 13 41
2. Manchester City 53 22 17 2 3 59 17 42
3. Tottenham 48 22 16 0 6 46 22 24
4. Chelsea FC 47 22 14 5 3 40 17 23
5. Manchester United 44 23 13 5 5 46 33 13
6. Arsenal 41 22 12 5 5 46 32 14
7. Watford FC 33 23 9 6 8 32 32 0
8. Wolverhampton 32 23 9 5 9 27 31 -4
9. Leicester City 31 23 9 4 10 29 29 0
10. West Ham 31 23 9 4 10 30 34 -4
11. Everton FC 30 23 8 6 9 34 33 1
12. Bournemouth 30 23 9 3 11 33 42 -9
13. Brighton 26 23 7 5 11 25 32 -7
14. Crystal Palace 22 23 6 4 13 23 32 -9
15. Southampton 22 23 5 7 11 25 40 -15
16. Burnley FC 22 23 6 4 13 23 43 -20
17. Newcastle Utd 21 23 5 6 12 19 31 -12
18. Cardiff City 19 23 5 4 14 19 44 -25
19. Fulham FC 14 22 3 5 14 20 49 -29
20. Huddersfield 11 22 2 5 15 13 37 -24

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