Watford hosts Norwich City in round 23 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Friday, January 21st at Vicarage Road (Watford)
Claudio Ranieri’s team is ranked 17th in the Premier League standings with 14 points. Watford gained four victories and two draws and suffered 13 defeats in 19 rounds. The Hornets are one of the primary candidates for relegation. In recent weeks, they have not given reasons for the joy of their fans. After a 4-1 home victory over Manchester United in November, the Golden Boys have lost seven consecutive matches in the Premier League and the FA Cup. Ranieri’s team ended its losing streak last Saturday, sharing points with Newcastle United away (1-1). Having conceded at the beginning of the 2nd half, the Hornets were close to another defeat, but Joao Pedro turned it home after a cross from the flank in the 88th minute, bringing Watford one point.
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Dean Smith’s team is in 18th place in the Premier League standings with 13 points. Norwich City has three victories, four draws, and 14 losses after 21 matches. The Canaries also did not shine with results in previous rounds. They have not gained a victory in the Premier League since November, when Southampton was beaten 2-1 at home. Since then, the Canaries have only won the FA Cup match against Charlton. The streak without victories in the Premier League amounted to eight rounds, and Norwich was left without points scored in six games. But on January 15, the Canaries ended this streak with a 2-1 home win over crisis-ridden Everton. The hosts gained a decisive advantage in the first 18 minutes: defender Michael Keane turned the ball into his own net, and Adam Idah doubled the lead.
These opponents crossed paths in the match of the 5th round, held in Norwich on September 18. Watford beat the Canaries thanks to a brace from Ismaila Sarr and a goal from Emmanuel Dennis (1-3). The upcoming match between neighbors in the standings and competitors in the struggle for survival is unlikely to be spectacular. Watford scores an average of one goal per round, and Norwich has the weakest attack in the league (ten goals scored in 21 games). Without taking into account the match against Everton, the Canaries could not upset the opponents’ goalkeepers in six rounds in a row. Given the low production of the teams, it can be assumed that at least one of them is unlikely to score in the upcoming game. The bet on “Both teams to score — no” has brought profit in six out of nine previous head-to-head matches. And this trend will probably continue.