vThe effective attack of Watford will be the challenge on Tuesday, December 28, for the less leaked defense of the 2017/2018 English League season. At Vicarage Road in Watford, the small but bold club will host the mighty Manchester United. The game, which has kick-off scheduled for 18h (Brasília time), is part of the schedule of the fourteenth round.
Watford’s recent performance
With 22 goals scored in 13 games, he presents the fifth best attack of the Premier League. It is surpassed only by the giants City, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool and manages to leave behind in that question the Tottenham, of the gunner Harry Kane. A feat for a team with much lower financial resources compared to these teams.
The style of play imposed by the Portuguese coach Marco Silva, however, has its side effects. The defense was leaked 21 times. It is the worst in comparison with the first fourteen placed.
The two most recent games, however, have shown that the coach has realized the deficiency and is trying to correct it. At home, the club scored 2-0 at West Ham and, outside, defeated Newcastle 3-0. It was the second time in the season that managed to pass two games without a goal. The first was just in the opening rounds, when Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes reached the mark of three matches without fetching the ball in the net.
As a result, the team came to position itself in the classification zone for European tournaments. It ended up falling when the attack failed to compensate for the low defensive productivity and now tries to recover positions on the table. With 21 points (six wins, three draws and four losses), he is in eighth place. The difference in the comparison with Tottenham, fifth placed and closing the elite squad, is three points.
Although the performance of the team that has in the attack the Brazilian Richarlison (13 games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, five goals) is just not better due to the home campaign. It is only the fifteenth best team in this matter with eight points (two wins, two draws and two losses) added in 18 disputed.
To try to reverse this situation, however, Marco Silva has a relatively large number of problems targeting the duel against United. Striker Troy Deeney (eight games, one goal) is suspended. In addition, they are in the medical department and there is no certainty whether they will play in the match against defenders Craig Cathcart (a game, no goal) and Younes Kaboul (two games, no goal); midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (five games, no goal) and striker Isaac Success (no performance).
The current form of Manchester United
The search for solid defense has always been José Mourinho’s main goal. He managed to achieve that goal at United. He is also top defender for Manchester City, who had two more wins in 13 matches.
However, when one speaks of boldness, Portuguese is not a reference. His team scored 28 goals. A significant number, but explainable by the great individual offensive resources that the reds have. In the tactical comparison, for example, they have much less thirst to score than City, who celebrated 42 goals in the Premier League so far.
That’s the big difference between them. With 29 points (nine wins, two draws and two losses), United are eight points behind their rivals in the English Championship title fight.
To imagine that Mourinho will rethink his strategy to try to discount this difference seems something out of the reality. Changing beliefs is not a characteristic of the coach. Thus, the hope of the United fans is even to increase the offensive advantage in the face of the generally created opportunities.
For this, the improvement of the physical conditioning of the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic (two matches in the English Championship 2017/2018, no goal) is expected. He suffered a serious knee injury at the end of last season, however, accelerated the recovery process and returned to the field before the deadline, which was early 2018. He still needs to strengthen his physical conditioning, but has been used by Mourinho in the latest matches.
It was three games between duels of the English Championship and the Champions League. On Saturday, November 25, he played half an hour in a 1-0 victory over Brighton. The trend is that he will gain more time on the pitch in the next rounds. Quick recovery was not the only surprise in his case. Mourinho has not put Zlatan as a reserve for Lukaku (13 games, eight goals), but rather acting alongside the Belgian. Which gives indications that the pair will have chances of trying to increase the offensive production of the reds.
To face Watford, Mourinho’s concussion problems are focused on defense. Eric Bailly (eight games, one goal) and Phil Jones (11 games, no goal) are in the infirmary.
History of the bouts between Watford and Manchester United
There has never been a draw in ten times that the teams have faced each other. There were nine wins from United and one from Watford.
The recent defensive adjustments show that Watford is in a position to improve the ratio of goals scored / goals conceded. The duel against United is certainly a great test. Although the favoritism is attributed to the visitor, it opens space for a higher risk hunch in the owners of the house, which are priced at 5.75 in Bet365. Draw presents prize of 4.00 and success of reds yields 1.66 for each real bet.