Watford v Bristol City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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These teams served up goals aplenty when they met in the League Cup and our tipster is expecting both teams to find the target in this FA Cup clash

Bristol City have yet another Cup upset in their sights as they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Robins have enjoyed a remarkable run to the final four of the League Cup and, having knocked out four Premier League sides in that competition, Lee Johnson's side will certainly fancy their chances of beating Marco Silva's men.

Match odds:

During that run to the semi-final stage of the League Cup, the Robins claimed a thrilling 3-2 victory at Vicarage Road against Saturday's opponents and Betfair Sportsbook offer 11/2 (6.50) that the Championship side double their delight by dumping the Hornets out of the FA Cup, while the same firm go 100/30 (4.33) that a replay at Ashton Gate is required to separate these sides.

Watford have been beaten in six of their last seven fixtures and will be desperate to stop the rot when they take to the field against the Robins; Betfair Sportsbook offer 1/2 (1.50) that Silva's side move into the fourth round by claiming a much-needed win this weekend.

Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford

Team news:

The Hornets have been hampered by injury to defenders Kiko Femenia and Miguel Britos in recent weeks and both are likely to be sidelined again this weekend.

The visitors have no fresh injury worries, but long-term concerns Jens Hegeler, Famara Diedhiou and Eros Pisano are all still unavailable.

Both teams to score

Watford have scored in five of their last six fixtures and so it could be argued that their troubles do not lie in the final third of the pitch; Silva's team, however, have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine matches and have lost 12 goals in their last five matches on home soil - conceding four times on two occasions.

Bristol City began 2018 with a 5-0 battering from Aston Villa, which was the first time that Johnson's side had failed to find the net in 10 matches in all competitions and, having netted three times on their last visit to Vicarage Road, the Robins will fancy their chances of getting back amongst the goals here.

Betfair Sportsbook offer 10/11 (1.91) that there are goals at both ends when these two teams lock horns.

Watford Bristol City graphic

Overs?

Five of Watford's last six fixtures have seen at least three goals scored, while there have been more than two goals in eight of City's last 10 matches; with that in mind, Betfair Sportsbook's 8/11 (1.73) quote for more than two goals to be scored in this game could well prove to be popular with punters.

The same firm offer 10/11 (1.91) that the second half produces most goals, which is tempting as, remarkably, all five goals came after the break when the Robins defeated the Hornets in the League Cup back in August.

Tips and predictions:

Both teams are capable of scoring goals and, playing without the pressure that is attached to league football, these sides could serve up an open and entertaining 90 minutes at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

It is, therefore, Betfair Sportsbook's 10/11 (1.91) quote for both teams to score that could represent best value for punters ahead of this FA Cup third round encounter.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake with Betfair BETFAIR FOOTER

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