- Watford have won twice in 11 away Championship games this term
- In that time the Hornets have scored just five goals
- Stoke have lost twice in their last 12 Championship games
Stoke to hold firm at home
Watford are looking to record a league double over Stoke for the first time since 2005/06, but the Hornets come into this clash in mixed form. While they are favourites after winning consecutive matches, their away record leaves a lot to be desired.
Watford have edged out two poor sides – Birmingham and Derby – on the road this term. Their other nine trips have brought five draws and four defeats, nowhere near good enough for a promotion hopeful.
Watford have only scored five away Championship goals this season, fewer than any other club; all five goals were scored by different players (João Pedro, Sarr, Wilmot, Deeney & Cleverley).
Meanwhile, Stoke have never lost consecutive home league games under Michael O’Neill. The Potters have lost once in eight and only twice in their last 12 matches in the Championship, so we see them avoiding defeat.
Stoke Double Chance is our prediction here, while we’re backing a fifth draw in six for the hosts with a 1-1 final score our correct score pick.