Football Predictions

Watford vs Liverpool predictions, live stream options, team news & possible line-ups

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:41, 27 February 2020

Liverpool can take another big step towards a certain first league title since 1990 at Watford this weekend.

As things stand, Jurgen Klopp’s men need just four more Premier League wins to secure the title and have only dropped two points so far this season.

Meanwhile, Watford are currently in a relegation fight with at least five other teams battling to stay up and avoid the drop, with Norwich City currently adrift at the bottom.

Read on for our preview of Watford vs Liverpool, including predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Watford vs Liverpool and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Vicarage Road

Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020

Kick-off: 5:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event

Online & live stream options: UK audiences can stream Watford vs Liverpool live with a Now TV sports pass.

Last five meetings: Watford vs Liverpool

14 December 2019: Liverpool 2-0 Watford (Premier League)

27 February 2019: Liverpool 5-0 Watford (Premier League)

24 November 2018: Watford 0-3 Liverpool (Premier League)

17 March 2018: Liverpool 5-0 Watford (Premier League)

12 August 2017: Watford 3-3 Liverpool (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Watford (LLLLD) 3-18 Liverpool (WWWWD)

Ones to watch

Watford: Troy Deeney

The honeymoon period under Nigel Pearson is well and truly over. Watford head into matchday 28 on a five-match winless streak in which time they’ve been struggling for goals.

If they are to become only the second team this season to get something against Liverpool then leading marksman Troy Deeney, in particular, must find his scoring boots.

Key stat: No Watford player has been more prolific under Pearson than Troy Deeney, with the striker scoring five goals in 11 Premier League appearances.

Liverpool: Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino has low-key been having another good season for Liverpool and despite not grabbing all the headlines his selfless attitude has been greatly appreciated by his teammates and manager.

In fact, when it comes to assists, only Kevin De Bruyne (16), Trent Alexander-Arnold (12) and Riyad Mahrez (eight) have created more goals than Firmino’s seven in the Premier League this season.

Key stat: Roberto Firmino has scored 32% of Liverpool’s away goals (8/25) this season.

Team news

Watford

Nigel Pearson has confirmed Kiko Femenia is fit after a hamstring injury but is not yet match ready, keeping him on the sidelines. Daryl Janmaat has also returned to full training but this weekend may come too soon.

Despite last week’s humbling loss at Old Trafford, Pearson shouldn’t make too many changes from that starting lineup.

Predicted XI: Foster; Dawson, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu; Deeney.

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Liverpool

Liverpool will certainly be without Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri, while James Milner faces a late fitness test.

After coming off the bench against West Ham earlier in the week Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to make Klopp’s starting lineup.

Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Squawka prediction

Liverpool are in irresistible form of late and head into this game having won their last eight league matches on the road averaging 2.1 goals per game.

Watford, who have been haemorrhaging goals, will need to reach a different plateau if they are to deny Klopp’s men another win.

Scoreline prediction: Watford 0-3 Liverpool