Troy Deeney will be looking to bag his 100th goal for Watford in Sunday's live TV clash.
Middlesbrough v Watford - Sunday 13:30, Sky Sports 1
Middlesbrough were undone by a sensational solo effort from Dimitri Payet in their last match, failing to capitalise on West Ham’s poor form and pick up what would have been their first victory since the second week of the season, despite having 60% of the possession. It is now five games without a win for Middlesbrough, putting pressure on Aitor Karanka to deliver the goods at home to Watford.
Watford came from behind twice to earn a draw with Bournemouth before the international break, but Walter Mazzarri must be concerned by his side’s inability to keep a clean sheet. They are yet to do so this season, and have kept out the opposition just once in their last 14 away matches. Middlesbrough have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four and whilst they may hope to exploit Watford’s defensive weakness they lack a consistent goalscorer, with Christian Stuani the only player to score more than once this season. Alvaro Negredo hasn’t been the success many had hoped he would be, failing to score since the opening day of the season and he was dropped to the bench for the game against West Ham.
Watford have conceded at least two goals in 10 of their last 12 matches and there have been at least four goals in eight of their last 12, whilst both teams have scored in six of Middlesbrough’s seven matches this season, and in eight of Watford’s last nine. As a result goals look to be on the cards, but it looks tricky to pick the winner here and so we think the best bet is for both teams to score at 1.95. With three goals in his last four games, we’re also backing Troy Deeney to score anytime and bag a landmark 100th goal for Watford.