Liverpool got a big jolt in their bid to remain in the Top Four when giant-killers Crystal Palace humbled Jurgen Klopp’s men 1-2 at home in Anfield. With over 70 per cent of the possession, the Reds succeeded in getting just one shot on target with guys like Emre Can, Origi and Firminio failing to create chances. A somewhat demoralized Liverpool now head for Vicarage Road to face Watford, who exactly aren’t high on confidence. An embarrassing 0-2 defeat to 17th placed Hull City have left Walter Mazzarri’s men somehow clinging to a place in the top half of the EPL table with a challenge on their hands when they face Liverpool on Monday. The Hornets had been thrashed 1-6 on their away fixture at Anfield last November.
Liverpool showed genuine brittleness at the back when Crystal Palace counter-attacked and although Watford in their current state may not possess the hunger of a Palace outfit on the comeback trail, the Red’s defence have reasons to worry. Jurgen Klopp’s men have conceded in each of their last 8 encounters save one. Fortunately for Liverpool, Watford themselves have been low on getting goals and more on conceding them. Post their shock 1-2 away win over Arsenal in January, the Hornets have lost 5 of their 10 outings, conceding as many as 15 goals while scoring just 10 during that spell. Forwards Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Stefano Okaka have been main contributors to Watford’s scoring effort lately, but that hasn’t been enough to cause positive outcomes for the side in anyway. The huge number of goals they have let in this season is also worrying – 54, which is a higher figure than those of relegation candidates like Burnley (49) and Middlesbrough (43).
While Watford have fared better at home at Vicarage Road having lost only 5 of their total 15 defeats this season, Liverpool’s away record also doesn’t evoke much confidence among their followers. The Reds have conceded defeat in 4 away games in the 2016-17 season compared to 2 at home. Jurgen Klopp’s men, though, were on an unbeaten run of 7 games before the Crystal Palace hiccup last weekend and should very well regain their winning momentum at the Vicarage Road on Monday. Odds overwhelmingly point to a Liverpool win on May 1.
Liverpool to Win, Best Odds 29/50 @ MarathonBet