With just a point separating Southampton and Watford at the foot of the table Saturday’s encounter at St Mary’s is set to be a relegation six pointer.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is under serious pressure after going eight games without a win in all competitions and many believe he could be down the job centre on Monday if Saints fail to take all three points against the Premier League’s bottom team.
Watford are struggling.
After recording their first victory of the season at Norwich a few weeks back the Hornets were then hammered 3-0 at Burnley which raised question marks over the future of Quique Flores. Those were soon quashed by the board.
There’s still plenty of time for the Spaniard to turn things around. They’re only five points adrift of safety and if they can string a few wins together then there’s a huge chance of overturning the deficit.
Southampton have the worst defensive record in the league, whilst Watford have scored the fewest goals so something has got to give on Saturday. It’s 10/1 for the game to end goalless and 12/5 for over 3.5 goals.
Danny Ings is a man in form despite Southampton’s poor run. The striker has seven goals in his last eight competitive games and he’s 11/2 to open the scoring at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Five of the last eight meetings between the two sides have ended all square and it would be no surprise to see the points shared once again. It’s 5/2 for the draw.
Whataretheodds spokesman Spencer James said: “This is a huge game. Whoever wins will boost their chances of survival, the loser? Well they’re probably doomed.”
With home advantage Southampton are the 9/5 favourites to bag all three points whilst Watford are available at 13/5.