Watford ended a two-match losing streak at the weekend with a 3-1 away win against Norwich City. Now, the Hornets host Championship club Stoke City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night at Vicarage Road. Michael O’Neill’s team has been in excellent form this season, but are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Derby County away from home in the Championship at the weekend.

Watford vs Stoke City Match Preview

The Potters are fifth in the Championship table having taken 14 points from 24 possible. Stoke City have looked good in the early stages of the season and will fancy making the Championship playoffs at the end of the campaign. Watford and Stoke City have recent history against each other playing in the Championship. Last season, the Hornets won both games between these clubs by a combined scoreline of 5-3.

Watford moved up the table at the weekend with a Premier League victory over Norwich City. The Hornets are now 11th with six points from 15 possible. Watford reached the third round of the EFL Cup with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road. Ashley Fletcher scored the game's only goal with four minutes left on the clock.

Stoke City reached the third round of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 first round win over Fleetwood Town and a second round 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers. Stoke City are winless in two straight games going into the match.

Watford vs Stoke City Betting Odds



Since 2015, Watford and Stoke City have met eight times in all competitions with their last meeting coming in 2021 during the Championship campaign. Stoke City have posted a record of 4W-1D-3L against Watford during the teams’ eight matches in all competitions. Watford won the teams’ last two matches with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals tallied.


Last season, both Watford and Stoke City played in the Championship. Their game at Vicarage Road finished 3-2. Stoke City opened the scoring through Steven Fletcher, but Watford scored twice through Tom Cleverly and Joao Pedro (penalty). Nick Powell levelled the score at 2-2 with nine minutes left on the clock, but Watford scored through Ismaila Sarr in the 90th minute to win it.

The reverse fixture saw Troy Deeney (penalty) and Ismaila Sarr score just after the hour mark. Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute, but that was as close as Stoke City could get.

Leading bookies’ best betting odds on a Watford win are at 21/20. Stoke City’s best betting odds to defeat Watford in the EFL Cup third round are at 16/5.

Watford vs Stoke City Team News

Watford forward Ismaila Sarr scored twice last season when these teams played. Each game between Watford and Stoke City had a penalty. Sarr has three goals this season and ran rampant against Norwich City at the weekend. He scored two times against Norwich City at the weekend. Watford manager Xisco Munoz is unable to select midfielder Peter Etebo. The midfielder is on loan from Stoke City.

The midfield duo of Juraj Kucka and Tom Cleverley are in line to make the starting XI. Ashley Fletcher could start in attack for Watford. Goalkeeper Ben Foster returned to the team at the weekend in the win versus Norwich City. He could get the nod in goal once more rather than Daniel Bachmann. Joao Pedro is likely to miss the game due to a lack of fitness following a knee injury. 

Stoke City manager O’Neill has multiple injury issues. The manager is unlikely to have Morgan Fox, Joe Allen, or Steven Fletcher. The loss of Allen and Fletcher is massive for O’Neill. Nick Powell could replace Fletcher in the starting XI. Powell, Sam Surridge, and Jacob Brown have combined for six goals with two apiece from each player.

Watford vs Stoke City H2H

These teams played eight times between 2015 and 2021 in all competitions. Last season, the teams played in the Championship with Watford winning both fixtures by a combined scoreline of 5-3. Three of the last seven games between these clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored.

Watford are –1 in goal difference this season with seven goals scored and eight against. Stoke City are +4 in goal difference with 15 goals and 11 against. Six of Stoke City’s 10 games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored.

Watford vs Stoke City Prediction

Ismaila Sarr to score anytime @ 11/4 - BET NOW



Ismaila Sarr is in great form for Watford. He scored twice at the weekend against Norwich City and has now tallied three Premier League goals in 2021-22. Sarr scored twice in 2021-22 against Stoke City. The forward is one of the brightest young players in the Premier League and is likely to move to another “bigger” team next season. Our betting tips prediction is for Sarr to score anytime, if he plays versus Stoke City.


Penalty in the match: YES @ 15/8 - BET NOW



Last season’s games between Watford and Stoke City saw penalties in both fixtures. Our betting tips prediction is for the trend to continue with a penalty to take place in the game. Watford were awarded both penalties last term when the teams met. Watford are yet to receive a penalty this season, but could get it against Stoke City.


Over 2.5 goals scored @ 6/5 - BET NOW



The last two matches between Watford and Stoke City finished with over 2.5 goals scored. These teams played two exciting Championship matches last season and should do it again in the EFL Cup. Two of Watford’s six games this season ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Six of Stoke City’s 10 games this season finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Our betting tips prediction is for Watford and Stoke City to score more than 2.5 goals tallied.


Stoke City have some personnel issues and those problem should show this week in the EFL Cup. Watford should keep their winning form going with a second straight victory in the span of a week.