After a sobering 5-0 loss to Liverpool in Claudio Ranieri’s first game at the Watford helm, the Hornets sought revenge on Merseyside by inflicting their own five-goal thrashing with a huge win over Everton at Goodison Park last week, but focus now shifts towards a Southampton side battling desperately for three points.
The powers that be at Vicarage Road didn’t wait around for too long to part ways with the man who got them back into the Premier League in Xisco, but Ranieri’s reign has dictated the narrative since he stepped into the equation, and the evergreen tactician is already up and running after that Everton mauling at the weekend.
Southampton are in an equally perilous position during these early autumnal months, with the South Coast club currently just two places above the drop zone. Ralph Hasenhuttl recently saw his side pegged back against Burnley last week and eliminated from the League Cup to Chelsea, so he needs a response here.
The Saints have enjoyed just the sole Premier League win this term, but they enter this contest knowing Watford have claimed victory in only one of their last 13 league meetings with them. In fact, Southampton haven’t lost an away league match against Watford since September 2007.
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Watford vs Southampton: Match Stats
James Ward-Prowse is currently enjoying his most productive spell in an England shirt, earning five caps this year, and the midfield stalwart will no doubt want to keep that run going, which can only mean continuing his fine form on the South Coast, which is why this match bodes well for him. The Southampton skipper has netted more Premier League goals against Watford than any other side (four), bagging a direct free-kick against them in both meetings in 2019/20.
However, Southampton are currently in the midst of a wretched run on the road, with Hasenhuttl’s men enjoying just the single win in their last 17 away matches in the Premier League. During that time they have drawn four and lost twelve, with their only triumph coming against relegated Sheffield United back in March. Their winless run, in consecutive fixtures, now stands at nine. They last went winless in 10 successive away matches back in 2015.
28 Jun 2020 – Watford 1-3 Southampton – Premier League
30 Nov 2019 – Southampton 2-1 Watford – Premier League
23 Apr 2019 – Watford 1-1 Southampton – Premier League
10 Nov 2018 – Southampton 1-1 Watford – Premier League
27 Jan 2018 – Southampton 1-0 Watford – FA Cup
Southampton completed the double over Watford during the club’s last foray in the Premier League, with this particular fixture ending in a 3-1 triumph for the visitors. Danny Ings helped himself to a brace, while Ward-Prowse struck a sumptuous free-kick past Ben Foster.