Watford suffered a 5-0 home reverse against Liverpool shortly after Claudio Ranieri had taken charge, although the Hornets have since recovered and won 5-2 at Goodison Park. The fact that they twice came from behind to achieve victory means that they have to be respected ahead of this clash against a Southampton side who have only managed one win from nine games.

Josh King scored a hat-trick against the Toffees and will look to continue to operate successfully in front of goal, while Ismaila Sarr has also shown a propensity to score from the wide positions. We think that they do look defensively open though and it should be noted that the Hornets have conceded seventeen goals this season.

As for Southampton, Tino Livramento has looked really special in the right-back position, with the Saints favourites to win this clash although they are two points worse off than their opponents at this point in time. They are one of the Premier League’s draw specialists with five of them already recorded.

We think BTTS Yes is probably the best way to play this match, with the visitors likely to offer a lively threat and there is plenty to like about Armando Broja who has seven goals already for this club after making a loan move from Chelsea last summer.

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