With both teams in confident spirits, Al Hain-Cole is backing Mourinho’s men to come out on top in a match featuring goals at both ends
Having lost 3-1 at Vicarage Road in September’s reverse fixture, Manchester United will be out for revenge when they welcome Watford to Old Trafford for Saturday’s Premier League clash.
That defeat ended a run of 10 consecutive victories over this opposition for the Red Devils, who are clear 1/4 (1.25) favourites with Paddy Power to return to winning ways in this one.
After seven games without a win, Walter Mazzarri’s team have now taken six points from the last available six, and can be backed at 11/1 (12.00) to extend that run with a shock victory here.
The hosts have been held to a draw in each of their last two league matches on home turf, and you can get odds of 5/1 (6.00) on them being forced to settle for a single point yet again.
Following on from a demoralising 2-1 derby defeat against Manchester City, September’s upset at Vicarage Road was the second game in a run of 11 league fixtures that reaped just two victories for Jose Mourinho’s men.
However, having now gone 15 league games without defeat, they come into this clash in their longest unbeaten streak since the halcyon days of Alex Ferguson and in better form than anyone but runaway leaders Chelsea.
With their confidence as high as it has been all season, Mourinho’s team should be more than capable of maintaining their strong form against a team that has lost six of their last eight matches on the road.
Nevertheless, they are unlikely to have it all their own way against the Hornets, who seem rejuvenated by a January transfer window that brought Tom Cleverley, Mauro Zarate and M’baye Niang to the club.
Having scored twice in each of their last three league games, Watford are certainly worth backing to find the net against a defence that has kept just three clean sheets in their last 11 one home turf.
With this in mind, odds of 21/10 (3.10) offer strong value on United securing an 11th win in 10 games versus this opposition in a game featuring goals at both ends.