Sports Ticket: Manchester United vs Watford FA Cup | Live Match Online | Stats, Preview & Streaming Info
The Hornets are from the Championship, and this fact alone should cast them as the underdogs against an in-form title-contender from the Premier League. Going on, Xisco Munoz’s men were winless in seven of their previous eleven overall games, and they have won just thrice in their past 25 road trips. In the process, they had also gone on a six-fixture losing run away from home. On the other hand, their counterparts were unbeaten in 12 of their preceding 15 overall fixtures, and they have lost just thrice at home in the past three months – with the defeats having come against Manchester City, PSG, and Arsenal. In addition, Solskjaer’s men also have a phenomenal h2h record against this foe over the past two decades, and particularly so at this stadium. Note that they have also scored plenty in the process. Taking these observations into account, expect a commendable Manchester United win this Saturday at their home.
The Red Devils have been one of the absolute best teams in the PL this season after almost a decade of struggles in the English top flight. Suffice it to say that fans are thrilled beyond measure. They are currently placed second in the table. But note that they are level on points with toppers Liverpool, and have a game in hand as well. The team will be determined to carry forward this momentum, especially with some of the major title-contenders struggling at the moment. And in that regards, they are easily the favorites this Saturday – especially with them playing at home, against a team from the Championship. On top of that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men also have a superb h2h record against this opponent as well. By the looks of things, expect Manchester United to post a thumping win this weekend at the Old Trafford.
United will again be without the services of Phil Jones through injury and Edinson Cavani through suspension, while Marcos Rojo remains a huge fitness doubt for Solskjaer’s team. Facundo Pellistri had potentially been in line to make his debut for the club, but the youngster has tested positive for coronavirus and will therefore not be involved. The hosts are expected to make a number of changes from the side that started against Man City as they will face Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday ahead of a trip to Anfield. Axel Tuanzebe, Donny van de Beek, Daniel James and Juan Mata should all come into the starting XI, while Eric Bailly could return to the heart of the defence. Anthony Martial could be on the bench against Burnley on Tuesday with Cavani serving the final game of his three-match suspension here, meaning that the Frenchman might start this contest. As for Watford, Craig Cathcart and Joao Pedro have returned to training following hamstring issues, and the pair are in contention to feature at Old Trafford. The Hornets still have injury problems, though, with Domingos Quina, Isaac Success and Stipe Perica unavailable, while Christian Kabasele is still struggling with a knee injury. Head coach Xisco will also make alterations to his first-choice XI, with Daniel Bachmann and William Troost-Ekong among those in line for starts, but midfielder James Garner is ineligible to face his parent club. There should still be plenty of experience in the away team’s starting side, though, with Troy Deeney, Ismaila Sarr and Andre Gray potentially all being included.
Series: FA Cup 2020-21 Match: Manchester United vs Watford Date: Friday, 9 January 2021 Venue: Old Trafford Time: 20:00UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- The latest encounter had ended in a 3-0 win for the Devils.
- They had recorded wins in 14 of the former 16 clashes.
- They had scored two or more goals in 12 of the past 16 meetings.
- At this venue, the hosts have a 100% winning record since 1999.
- In the past two decades, the guests have scored a total of one goal at this ground.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Manchester United: Henderson; Tuanzebe, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Van de Beek; James, Mata, Greenwood; Martial Watford: Bachmann; Navarro, Troost-Ekong, Wilmot, Masina; Hughes, Chalobah, Cleverley, Sarr; Gray, Deeney
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