Watford odds appeal as Marco Silva showcasing Premier League potential
FootyOn look at Watford odds following their strong start to the Premier League season under Marco Silva.
Ahead of their trip to champions Chelsea on October 21, only table-toppers Manchester City have beaten Watford in the league so far.
Arsenal felt a sting in the tail from the Hornets last time out, so they sit in the Premier League’s top four.
BetVictor go 100/1 that they finish the season there and, while that may be a little fanciful, other Watford odds appeal.
Their high-flying status is a testament to new boss Marco Silva getting results at Vicarage Road, which has hardly been a bastion of stability in recent years.
The Hornets had four different managers in their Premier League promotion season (2014/15), then ditched Slavisa Jokanovic in favour of Quique Sanchez Flores.
Despite sterling work done by the Spaniard, he was replaced by Walter Mazzarri last summer after one season.
Watford’s hire-and-fire owners, the Pozzo family, then made yet another change in the Vicarage Road dugout when last term ended.
Silva showing signs of bringing stability?
Although Silva was unable to save Hull City from relegation after arriving in January, his coaching CV shows relative success elsewhere.
Starting out with Estoril in his native Portugal, he not only got them into the top-flight but steered them to a best of the rest top four finish.
Silva then joined Sporting Lisbon where he won a domestic cup.
A bizarre dismissal for not wearing the club’s official suit followed, but he then went abroad with Olympiakos and guided them to the Greek Super League title in his one season there.
Now he is working his magic in Hertfordshire, with Silva’s Hornets unbeaten on their travels going into the Chelsea clash.
Watford odds for a top 10 Premier League finish have shortened considerably into 4/6 with BetVictor, despite previous positions of 17th and 13th in the last two campaigns.
Having stung both Arsenal and Liverpool on the opening day with late goals, there has been real spirit under Silva.
Other than getting hit for six by Man City, who are serious title contenders, this Stamford Bridge outing is an acid test for the Hornets.
Blues not in best form for Hornets visit
Chelsea are actually below Watford in the table, having lost both of their previous Premier League matches.
The Blues have kept just one clean sheet in six across all competitions, shipping five goals in the last two.
Recent head-to-heads between the Hornets and Chelsea are also encouraging, as two of the last four battles have been draws.
Watford went close to pinching a point at the Bridge back in May in their previous encounter when going down 4-3, having been 3-1 behind.
Under Silva, the Hornets have demonstrated similar rallying qualities from losing positions this term.
A draw and Watford odds in the double chance betting on the Chelsea game is 5/2 with Paddy Power and thus has merit.
Meanwhile, a first Hornets victory at the Bridge for 31 years is a 10/1 long-shot with the same bookmaker.
And yet, as both Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp have learned to their cost, underestimate Watford at your peril.
Evolving side can gather further momentum
Brazilian winger Richarlison looks an inspired signing with two goals and as many assists in his last three Hornets appearances.
Silva is also getting goals from midfield through Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Cleverley and Etienne Capoue, who netted a career equal best seven last term.
This Watford side is evolving and no longer predictable or reliant on the dissolved strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.
Looking longer term, their tough assignments are spaced out with winnable games on paper in and around them.
Following their home game against Spurs, for example, they have a favourable run of six successive games in December.
It gives Silva’s Hornets every opportunity to build on the foundations of their strong start.
Watford odds of 28/1 are on offer for a top six finish with BetVictor, but the tempting punt if continuing in this vein looks the 5/1 available in the ‘without the big six’ market with the same bookie.
Given Everton’s struggles despite heavy investment and Southampton’s less than convincing form, the Hornets looks more likely to sting bookmakers than punters.
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