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Watford vs Aston Villa: Predictions
The Hornets were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2019/20 season but bounced back immediately by finishing second, four points clear of third-placed Brentford. Halfway through that campaign, Xisco Munoz was brought in to replace Vladimir Ivic, and the Spaniard remains, planning for his first Premier League season. Watford have been busy in the transfer window, making 12 new signings in total including midfielder Juraj Kucka and left-back Danny Rose, without getting rid of any big names from their squad. The Hornets have also had a packed pre-season, playing nine games in total, although they did suffer defeats to Premier League sides Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa have also been busy in the transfer market, making big improvements to their squad and perfectly dealing with Jack Grealish’s departure. Dean Smith’s side have used that £100m nicely, signing the likes of Emiliano Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey to try and build on their 11th-placed finish last season. In pre-season, Villa were almost perfect, winning four of their five games, only losing to Stoke early on, but the start of the new Premier League campaign will be their true test.
Watford vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
Arguably the biggest signing of Villa’s summer was that of Buendia, who will take the main responsibility in replacing Grealish’s creativity. The Argentinian was excellent in his previous season in the Premier League, finishing fourth for chances created (83) despite playing for relegated Norwich. And he carried that form over to the Championship, creating more chances (123) and recording most assists (16) than any other player.
But who will put away the chances Buendia creates? Danny Ings, of course. The English striker joined from Southampton in the summer and is likely to form a partnership with Ollie Watkins that will cause devastation. Despite suffering with injuries at different points of the campaign, Ings scored 12 goals in 29 Premier League games for Southampton last season, though fans will be hoping he finishes closer to the 22 of 2019/20 this time around.
Watford vs Aston Villa: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Watford 0-2 Aston Villa
Watford vs Aston Villa: Odds
Watford vs Aston Villa: Head to Head
21 January 2020 – Aston Villa 2-1 Watford – Premier League
28 December 2019 – Watford 3-0 Aston Villa – Premier League
30 April 2016 – Watford 3-2 Aston Villa – Premier League
28 November 2015 – Aston Villa 2-3 Watford – Premier League
20 January 2007 – Aston Villa 2-0 Watford – Premier League
Despite both sides having spent time in the Premier League, Watford and Aston Villa have only faced off on 21 occasions previously, 20 of which have come in the league. Both sides have won eight games each with five draws, and Watford have a good recent record, winning three of the past five.