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

11:45 WAT 25/01/2018
Romeu | Southampton
Our tipster is backing Mauricio Pellegrino's men to score before the break in this FA Cup fourth round fixture at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon

Javi Gracia will take charge of Watford for the first time this weekend when the Hornets travel to take on Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round.

The former Rubin Kazan boss was swiftly appointed as Marco Silva's successor after the 40-year-old Portuguese was sacked last Sunday, and he will hope to begin his reign at Vicarage Road with a win.

Latest odds

The Saints are fight for their Premier League place this season, but an FA Cup win against the Hornets would certainly provide a welcome boost in confidence for the side from St Mary's; a home win is chalked up as a 10/11 (1.91) chance with Paddy Power.

Watford are available at 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power to claim victory, whilst it is a  5/2 (3.50) shot that a replay at Vicarage Road is required.

Team news

James Ward-Prowse scored twice for Southampton against the Hornets at Vicarage Road earlier this month and, having scored the winner against Fulham in the previous round of this competition, is likely to feature here.

Craig Cathcart, Kiko Femenia, Nathaniel Chalobah and Miguel Britos are all likely to be enforced absentees for the Hornets once again this weekend.

Both teams to score?

There have been goals at both ends in each of Southampton's last six home matches and Paddy Power offer 4/5 (1.80) that the trend continues here; the same firm offer even money (2.0) that there are more than two goals in the game.

Tips and predictions

Southampton have scored first in five of their last six matches on their own patch - with each of those coming inside the opening 25 minutes.

Paddy Power's 5/6 (1.83) quote, therefore, for the Saints to score before the break could represent good value for punters ahead of Saturday's showdown at St Mary's.

Southampton to score in the first half at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power