Brentford host Watford on Friday night in London as the two newly-promoted teams battle in a must-win match. Brentford and Watford were both promoted from the Championship last season and thus far, have had mixed results.

Brentford vs Watford Match Preview

The Bees go into matchday 16 in 13th place. Brentford have taken 17 points from 45 available this season. With the teams at the bottom of the table beginning to string together points, Brentford find themselves just seven points above the relegation zone going into matchday 16.

Watford are 17th going into matchday 16. They are just above the relegation zone with three points separating them from the trio of Burnley, Norwich City and Newcastle United. A loss on Friday night would leave the door open for one of the three current relegation zone teams to overtake Watford in the standings.

Brentford and Watford have a limited amount of recent history against each other. In 2020-21, the teams met twice in the Championship for the first time since 2014-15. Brentford took four points from six available in 2021-22.

Brentford vs Watford Betting Odds

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Brentford took just five points from the last 18 available to them in the Premier League. They were outscored 12-8 across those six matches. The good news for Thomas Frank is that the team is getting some form together after being out of form for several weeks. Three of Brentford’s last four matches in the league ended without a defeat, including matchday 15’s 2-2 draw away at Leeds United.

Watford are at the bottom of the current Premier League form table. The Hornets took a mere three points from the last 18 available to them. Their last three matches all ended in losses. After defeating Manchester United at Vicarage Road, Claudio Ranieri’s team has struggled to show any kind of winning form.

On matchday 15, Watford lost 3-1 to Manchester City at home. Although Watford have lost back-to-back away matches, they have picked up six of their 13 total points on the road. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Watford away win at Brentford are at 13/5.

Brentford’s best betting odds to win at home against Watford are at 23/20. Only even of Brentford’s 17 points have come at home this season.

Brentford vs Watford Team News

Frank still has several players struggling with injury at Brentford. Defender Kristoffer Ajer is ruled out of the match with a thigh issue. He isn’t due back until the end of December. Goalkeeper David Raya remains sidelined with a knee injury. Mathias Jorgensen, Julian Jeanvier, and Joshua Dasilva are all ruled out.

Making matters worse is that Sergi Canos will miss the game due to a suspension, while star striker Ivan Toney has tested positive for coronavirus and is out of action. Just when it seems that Frank is getting players back to full fitness, key members of the squad are unavailable.

Ranieri also has a number of players on the injured and suspended list ahead of matchday 16. Peter Etebo is ruled out with a thigh injury. Goalkeeper Ben Foster is ruled out through injury. Ken Sema and Francisco Carvallo are both doubts to play due to injury.

The news on Ismaila Sarr isn’t good as the star forward will miss out on the match with a knee ligament injury. He will be joined by Adam Masina, Kwadwo Baah, and Nicolas N’Koulou. All three of the Watford men are ruled out through long-term fitness issues.

Brentford vs Watford H2H

Matches between Brentford and Watford have been few and far between in recent seasons. In 2020-21 the two clubs met twice in the Championship. Brentford took four points from six off of Watford in the Championship, claiming a 2-0 win at home and a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road. Both matches went into the halftime break level at nil-nil before exploding to life in the second period.

Ivan Toney scored in both matches with both goals coming from the penalty spot. However, Toney is ruled out of Friday night’s game due to a positive coronavirus test. Last season’s game at Vicarage Road also saw a red card sending off as Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock was sent packing.

Brentford vs Watford Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 31/40 - BET NOW

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Four straight Watford matches in the Premier League ended with both teams scoring goals. Three straight Brentford Premier League matches ended with both teams finding the back of the net. Our betting tips prediction is for Brentford and Watford to both score on Friday night in the Premier League. This is a huge game for both sides and a definite six-point affair. If Brentford win they could pull 10 points clear of the bottom three. Watford, on the other hand, will have a little bit of breathing space.

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Last season, both matches between Brentford and Watford saw penalties. Brentford were awarded a penalty in each match with Ivan Toney scoring it. Our betting tips prediction is for a penalty to be given on Friday night. This is a high-stakes game and a defensive lapse could see either Brentford or Watford awarded a spot kick.

Half time result: Draw @ 23/20 - BET NOW

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In 2020-21, Brentford and Watford were drawing at halftime when they met in the Championship. Both fixtures went into the halftime break deadlocked at nil-nil. Our betting tips prediction is for Friday’s game to follow a similar path and the game to go into halftime locked in a draw. Five of Brentford’s 18 matches in all competitions were draws at halftime. Watford have had six of their 17 matches in all competitions go into the halftime break level.

Brentford took four points from six last season in the Championship against Watford. Although they have two key players set to miss the game, Toney and Canos, the Bees should get points once more. Our betting tips prediction is for a narrow Brentford home win in the Premier League.