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Watford vs Aston Villa: Villa to repeat dream start

Kick-off: 1500, 14/08/2021

Stadium: Vicarage Road

Watford begin life back in the Premier League at Vicarage Road and will be aiming to kick off with a win in front of their own fans against Aston Villa.

Their supporters were absent last season as the Hornets achieved promotion back to the top flight and Watford head into the new campaign as one of the favourites in the Premier League relegation odds.

Villa went close to a top-half finish last season and seem to have a much stronger squad so an away win at 23/20 looks a solid pick as our opening Watford vs Aston Villa prediction.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

Watford had the best defensive record in the Championship last season and conceding just 30 goals played a major part in them winning promotion as runners-up with two games to spare.

Xisco took over as manager in December and transformed the club’s fortunes but how will the relatively inexperienced Spanish coach cope in his first season in the Premier League?

The signing of Josh King from Bournemouth has boosted their firepower and Ismaila Sarr will be ready to show how much he has improved after a season of regular football in the Championship, having been one of their shining lights during their relegation campaign.

Keeping things tight at the back is still likely to be the main priority, though. Under 2.5 goals paid out in all of Watford’s last eight matches of the season while only one of those games produced goals at both ends.

We’re not expecting their approach to change significantly so under 2.5 goals at 20/23 stands out in the Watford vs Aston Villa odds.

A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds

Aston Villa came flying out of the blocks last season and boss Dean Smith will hope a kind fixture schedule allows them to do the same.

Villa enjoyed four straight wins at the start of the 2020/21 campaign, beating Sheffield United and Fulham before an amazing 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool and 1-0 victory at Leicester.

This time around their trip to Watford is followed by home games against Newcastle and Brentford so this looks a great opportunity get plenty of points on the board before the end of August.

Villa broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Emi Buendia from Norwich this summer and their young squad is full of exciting talent.

Consistency could be an issue once again but Villa will be hopeful of improving on last season’s 11th-placed finish.

Let’s go for a routine 2-0 away victory at 10/1 as our final Watford vs Aston Villa prediction.

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Last result:

WATFORD 2-0 Swansea – Andre Gray, Isaac Success

ASTON VILLA 2-1 Chelsea – Bertrand Traore, Anwar El Ghazi (pen)

Head-to-head: Aston Villa 2-1 Watford, Watford 3-0 Aston Villa, Watford 3-2 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-3 Watford, Aston Villa 2-0 Watford, Watford 0-0 Aston Villa

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