Norwich City may have lost 3-1 to Bournemouth at the weekend, but the Canaries sealed promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Now, Daniel Farke’s side face Watford on Tuesday night with four matches left on the fixture list. With 12 points up for grabs, Watford can still overtake Norwich City and win the Championship – they can also fall out of the top two. The game on Tuesday night at Carrow Road will be a cliched six-pointer with both sides seeking a win.
Watford are also coming off of a weekend loss in the league. Luton Town shocked Watford at home, 1-0, and now, Xisco’s team must rebound from the defeat. The top six of the Championship stumbled on matchday 42 with five of the six sides losing or drawing. While Norwich City have sealed promotion back to the top flight, Watford are still chasing promotion. Six points separate Watford and third-place Swansea City. Brentford are eight points back of Watford.
The Hornets have dropped points in two of their last three games in the league. They need to stop the rot or potentially face the promotion playoffs. Watford won the reverse fixture against Norwich City on Boxing Day. Ismaila Sarr’s first half goal was the only score of the fixture.
Watford have won the last three games against Norwich City. They outscored Norwich City five to one over the course of those three matches. With four games left to play, Watford need to overcome the issues that saw them lose at the weekend to Luton Town.
Norwich City vs Watford Betting Odds
Farke’s side took 11 points from their last 18 available in the Championship. The Canaries outscored opponents 13 to five in those six fixtures. Bookies have Norwich City at odds of 24/17 to win at Carrow Road. They have the Championship’s second-best home points total. Forty-five points have been taken this season with 35 goals scored and 13 conceded.
Farke has drawn interest from Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt after last week’s announcement that current coach Adi Hutter will join Borussia Monchengladbach. Fark could welcome a change, especially if Eintracht Frankfurt can qualify for the Champions League.
Watford are at odds of 21/10 to win away from home on Tuesday night. The Hornets obtained 13 points from the last 18 available to them in the league. Watford’s defence only conceded three times while scoring 11 goals. Away form has been their downfall in the Championship.
Watford have taken 29 points from 21 games. They are just +2 in goal difference on the road with 18 goals for and 16 against. Three of the team’s last six games in the league ended without losses away from Vicarage Road. Xisco’s team have four difficult games to finish out the 2020-21 season. After facing off with Norwich City this week, they play Millwall, Brentford, and Swansea City. The 12 points available to Watford could make or break their season.
Norwich City vs Watford Team News
Norwich City manager Farke could have a number of players sidelined through injury. Midfielder Lukas Rupp could return to the team following a knock. Christoph Zimmermann is out until May with a hamstring injury. He could miss the remainder of the season. Forward Adam Idah could miss the rest of the season with a hernia.
Defender Ben Gibson could also miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Goalie Michael McGovern is ruled out of the game with an injury as is defender Dimitris Giannoulis who is suspended. Sam Byram is in line for a return from a hamstring strain.
Xisco will be without defender Kiko Femenia due to suspension. Forward Troy Deeney is ruled out through an Achilles’ tendon injury. Tom Dele-Bashiru is ruled out with an ACL injury for the remainder of the campaign.
Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki is second in the Championship in goals with 25. Sarr is Watford’s leading scorer with 12 goals. He found the back of the net against Norwich City when the teams played on Boxing Day.
Norwich City vs Watford Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 6/5 - BET NOW
The previous match between the clubs finished 1-0 in favour of Watford. Two of the last three meetings between the clubs in the Premier League and Championship finished with both teams not scoring goals. Three of the Canaries’ last six league matches ended with both teams not scoring. Four of Watford’s last five matches ended with both sides not finding the back of the net.
First half result: DRAW @ 6/5 - BET NOW
Tuesday night’s game is likely to be low scoring. Norwich City have already achieved promotion. Now, they will want to obtain the league’s trophy. Meanwhile, Watford can overtake Norwich City in the standings but need to win out. Norwich City must continue to collect points and end a trend of losing versus Watford. The two teams could finish the first half in a stalemate in the big fixture.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11 - BET NOW
Two of the last three games between Norwich City and Watford finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Goals could be at a premium with Norwich City having seal promotion and not needing to go out and score goals. Four of the Canaries last six Championship games ended with under 2.5 goals scored. They have achieved promotion thanks to a great defensive record. Just 31 goals allowed.
Watford have allowed a league leading 28 goals to opponents. Four straight Watford matches ended with under 2.5 goals. Tuesday night’s match should follow that recent trend of fewer than 2.5 goals.
Watford need to win against Norwich City to improve their chances of automatic promotion to the Premier League. Like Norwich City, Watford are trying to gain promotion at the first time of asking. They have a difficult four-game stretch upcoming. A loss to Norwich City and wins for Swansea City and/or Brentford, and the race for second place becomes even more fascinating.
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