Back-to-back victories over Bournemouth and Southampton have lifted Neil Warnock's side out of the relegation zone. Another victory here, priced at 21/10 (3.10) by 888Sport, would lift the hosts as high as 13th in the table - albeit temporarily with most of the teams around them in action over the weekend.
Watford secured their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals last weekend with a 1-0 win over QPR. Having beaten Everton by the same score line in their previous league outing, the Hornets are 7/5 (2.40) favourites for this game with the draw priced at 23/10 (3.30).
Despite a poor start to the campaign, the home side now have a solid chance of avoiding relegation. That turnaround has been built on a much-improved defence that has kept three clean sheets in their last five league matches at this venue.
Javi Gracia's men have been tough opponents of late too. The visitors have only conceded twice in their last six games in all competitions and those both came against Tottenham at Wembley.
Even without the suspended Jose Holebas, the visitors are likely to prove a staunch test given their recent displays in the top-flight and FA Cup.
The reverse fixture between this pair ended 3-2 to Watford, but that goal-fest goes against the trends involving the pair and goals don't appeal at the current prices.
While they have home advantage and have been in solid form, Warnock’s side are likely to have a difficult time breaking down Watford’s defence given that the Welsh side have netted only 24 times in 26 matches so far this season – that’s the third worst tally in the Premier League.
With that in mind, opposing a high-scoring match looks the way to go. Under 2.5 goals is 7/10 (1.70) but taking the 19/20 (1.95) about backing at least one team to keep a clean sheet looks the better option.