Fulham are finding the seas of the Premier League fairly choppy unsurprisingly. Their attacking style has accrued just four points in five games, however two of their three defeats came against two of last year’s top four – Manchester City and Tottenham. The other, a concerning 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the league.
Watford said goodbye to their 100 per cent record when they went down to Manchester United last time out. They did however, put in a decent performance in losing 2-1. Their dogged, competent and direct style of football has earned them four wins so far – beating Spurs to rob them of their perfect start to the league season being the highlight.
It’s hard not to see goals in this game, in their five games so far these sides average a combined 3.4 goals every match.
Watford will pose a different kind of problem for Fulham compared to the trouble Man City caused in their 3-0 win over the Cottagers. The embodiment of their direct style is of course Troy Deeney. The striker has already found the net twice this season and has scored four goals in his two league appearances against Fulham.
Watford will have to keep a keen eye on Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Serbian is top scorer for Fulham with four goals, and has proven to be a shrewd acquisition from Newcastle United.
There’s still an element of the unknown about Slavisa Jokanovic’s newly promoted side. They became the first promoted side to spend £100 million in the transfer market and may need time to gel. The problem is they need to gel quickly. Not ideal.
The reality here is that Watford are well versed in the Premier League, and despite their defeat last week they come to Craven Cottage in good form. The goal difference between the two sides after just five games is ten goals (+5/-5).
Fulham will be without Tom Cairney (foot), Neeskens Kebano (ankle) and Tim Ream who’s suffering from a back complaint.
Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu is close to a return from a long standing abdominal issue but will not play today, while Tom Cleverley remains sidelined.
We can expect goals from these two sides. Unfortunately from Fulham’s perspective they’ve yet to prove they can come out on the right end of a challenge like this.
Watford to get back to winning ways and both teams to score at a price of 10/3 looks solid.