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Watford vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Goals in store in Championship opener

  • Watford begin life back in the Championship on Friday
  • The Hornets host Middlesbrough in the opening game of the season
  • Watford are unbeaten in the last 7 matches against Boro
  • Ashley Fletcher score a brace in the Carabao Cup last week
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Watford begin life in the Championship (Getty Images)

Relegated Watford begin life in the Championship with a home game against Middlesbrough on Friday night. The Hornets suffered heartbreak as they slipped out of the Premier League, while Boro avoided relegation from the Championship after the appointment of Neil Warnock. How will both sides start the new season?

Watford Form


Watford begin life under new manager Vladimir Ivic following the sacking of Nigel Pearson prior to relegation from the Premier League. Three straight losses cost the Hornets dearly as a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on the final day condemned Watford to the drop at the expense of Aston Villa, who survived by a point. 

Three friendlies in preparation for the new season saw a Watford XI lose 3-1 to Gillingham before stronger sides won 1-0 against Scunthorpe United and 2-1 against former Premier League rivals Tottenham.

Watford Team News


There has been a major clear out at Vicarage Road with Heurelho Gomes, Jose Holebas, Matheus Aias, Juan Camilo Becerra and Dimitri Foulquier among the departures. More big names are also likely to leave.

Three new faces have been brought in, the most significant being the loan deal for Brighton striker Glenn Murray. West Ham youngster Jeremy Ngakia and Udinese's Stipe Perica have also joined Watford.

Middlesbrough Form


Middlesbrough endured a season of struggle in the Championship last year, but hung onto their place in the second tier after Neil Warnock replaced Jonathan Woodgate in charge at the Riverside.

Warnock led his side to 17th place, five points clear of the relegation, after four wins in eight games since he took over.

Middlesbrough made an entertaining start to the new season, defeating Shrewsbury 4-3 in the first round of the Carabao Cup last week. Ashley Fletcher was on the scoresheet twice along with Marvin Johnson and Marcus Tavernier.

Middlesbrough Team News


Paddy McNair and George Saville missed the win over Shrewsbury after being called up by Northern Ireland, but they will be back for the trip south. Hayden Coulson was ill but expected to be available for selection.

Watford vs Middlesbrough Head to Head


These two sides last met in the Premier League three seasons ago when playing out a 0-0 draw in this fixture at Vicarage Road. 

Watford had won 1-0 at Middlesbrough earlier in that season. The Hornets are unbeaten in the last seven matches dating back to 2012, winning four times and drawing three.

Watford vs Middlesbrough Odds


Watford are expected to make home advantage count with the Hornets 1.90 favourites. Middlesbrough are 4.00 to win the game with a draw at 3.40.

Watford vs Middlesbrough Stats


  • Watford have lost their last 3 matches (Premier League).
  • Watford have seen BTTS Yes in 4 of their last 5 home matches (Premier League).
  • Watford have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 7 matches (Premier League).
  • Watford are unbeaten in the last 7 matches against Middlesbrough (all competitions).
  • Middlesbrough have won 5 of their last 6 away matches (Championship).
  • Middlesbrough have seen BTTS Yes in 3 of their last 4 away matches (Championship).
  • Middlesbrough have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Ashley Fletcher has scored in 3 of Middlesbrough's last 4 away wins (Championship).

Watford vs Middlesbrough FAQs

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Where is Watford vs Middlesbrough being played?

Watford vs Middlesbrough is being played at Vicarage Road in Watford, England.

When is Watford vs Middlesbrough being played?

Middlesbrough vs Shrewsbury Town is being played at 19:45 BST on Friday 11 September 2020.

What competition are Watford vs Middlesbrough playing in?

Watford vs Middlesbrough are playing in the EFL Championship.

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Verdict

Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 goals look value bets. Ashley Fletcher started the season with a bang and has been key to Middlesbrough's recent away success under Warnock. He can continue his goalscoring form.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes Both Teams To Score @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @120 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Goalscorer: Ashley Fletcher First Goalscorer @850 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Anytime Goalscorer: Ashley Fletcher Anytime Goalscorer @300 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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