EPL; Stoke City Vs Watford Preview And Analysis
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Stoke City will welcome Watford at the Bet365 Stadium for their 19th EPL game of the season.
The home team couldn’t do much more in their defeat on Saturday away to Chelsea, but the team still give a decent fight in a 4:2 defeat. Of course the Blues were the ones who deserved the victory and had much more of the ball possession and chances created, taking the lead in 34th minute with a goal from Cahill, but the visitors surprised them with good approach in the second halftime.
Martins Indi leveled up the result just a minute in the repetition, but Willian re-installed the lead for Chelsea in 57th minute. Crouch leveled up again just minutes again, but Willian’s goal in next minute brought the home team into the lead again. Finally, Costa sealed the victory for the hosts five minutes before the final whistle.
This was fifth consecutive match without a victory for Stoke, as the team remains above the relegation zone having six points more than relegating worried Sunderland. Goalkeeper Jack Butland and Geoff Cameron are both continuing to be sidelined with injuries.
Watford, the visitors, come from a 1:4 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday.
They were actually outplayed from the first till last moment, as their opponents simply looked much more mature and always knew what they wanted with the ball to their feet.
Spurs took the lead in 27th minute with a goal from Kane, who scored once more six minutes later, while Alli wrote 3:0 in 41st minute. Same player scored again at the start of the second halftime, while the hosts tried to respond but without much of success all the way till the very last moments when Kaboul reduced the deficit. It was completely deserved defeat for Watford, team that now resides in the middle of the table with twenty-two points earned, which is seven more than relegating worried Sunderland.
Players likely to be absent from this match include; Miguel Britos, Daryl Janmaat, Adrian Mariappa, Juan Zuniga, Roberto Pereyra, Valon Behrami and Isaac Success.
Stoke isn’t having good results in recent weeks, but the team also played against really strong opponents. Therefore, this match comes almost a must win situation for them, similar as for Watford that didn’t win in last four. With both teams coming into the match with something to prove, I definitely see this one as much more open game than what the bookmakers represent.
I expect this match to finish with over 3 goals.