West Brom vs Watford prediction, betting tips and odds brought to you by oddschecker football expert George Gamble.
West Bromwich Albion vs Watford Stats
- 11 of Karlan Grant’s 18 goals last season came at the Hawthorns
- Both sides are unbeaten across their last three matches
- Six of the last eight meetings have produced fewer than three goals and another tight match is expected
West Bromwich Albion vs Watford Tips
Betting Tip: Draw half-time result
The ‘Baggies’ will be desperate to improve on their rather disappointing tenth-place finish last season and will be gunning for a place in the playoffs at least. But they need to find some consistency and we saw both the good and the bad of West Brom in each half in their opener against Middlesbrough last week.
Rob Edwards is still getting used to being the manager of a side expected to challenge for promotion from the Championship after switching from Forest Green Rovers where he won the League Two title. Star forwards Emmanuel Dennis, Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr continue to be linked with moves away but as of right now, they are still available to him.
Both of these sides have built solid defensive foundations and it would be a surprise if this one was a high-scoring encounter. Six of the last eight meetings have witnessed fewer than three goals scored - producing an average of just 1.75 goals per match.
West Brom will be wary of the attacking threat that Watford possesses and I don't see the first 45 minutes being action-packed. Last season, the Hawthorns saw 67% of the league goals scored there arrive in the second half and I think we could see a similar pattern this season, starting in this fixture.
Betting Tip: Karlan Grant to score anytime
The hosts scored fewer goals than any other top-half Championship side last season. However, the arrivals of Jed Wallace and John Swift have provided the ‘Baggies’ with some well-needed creativity and have already combined once this season in the draw against Middlesbrough.
It looks likely that Karlan Grant will lead the line and the 24-year-old slotted 18 goals last term - 11 of which came on home soil and he’s a nice price to get on the scoresheet once again at this venue. He made 15 appearances as an out-and-out centre forward last time and scored eight goals so it’s clearly a position he thrives in.
Diangana and Wallace will provide the width and can send balls into the box, meanwhile, John Swift will likely play behind and thread balls in behind for him to run onto. I expect Watford to commit men forward in the second half and that could allow Grant to utilise the gaps in behind.
I do think this clash will be very tight and cagey in spells but, I think Karlan Grant can get on the scoresheet for Steve Bruce’s side.