It’s 4th against 6th in the Championship on Wednesday as Watford host Brentford in a mouth-watering clash at Vicarage Road.
Both sides come into the game in outstanding form – with the Hornets losing just once in their previous nine league matches, whilst the West Londoners are unbeaten for 11 games.
With leaders Norwich travelling to 5th-place Reading 24 hours earlier, this provides an excellent opportunity for someone to take advantage of points being dropped elsewhere, and edge closer to those automatic promotion places.
Watford have taken 22 points from a possible 27 available at Vicarage Road this season, but the Bees are no pushovers on the road – with only Norwich colleting more points on their travels than their 17.
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The two sides have scored 49 goals between them in the Championship this season, and Prutton reckons that goals can be expected here, although the EFL pundit can’t separate the sides in a 2-2 draw.
He told Sky Sports: “As a stickler for perfection, I’ve no doubt Vladimir Ivic will be hoping his Watford side deliver a much-improved performance after they snuck past Birmingham thanks to Troy Deeney’s late penalty. They are heading in the right direction, though, albeit without being spectacular each week.
Meanwhile, it’s now 11 unbeaten for Brentford. The Bees certainly haven’t won as many games as they’d have hoped but, given the hectic schedule, it’s pretty good going. They have the division’s second-best away record, while Watford have the best home record and therefore I can’t split them.”
Whilst Brentford have been outstanding away from home recently, beating Rotherham, Barnsley and Nottingham Forest, I think Watford will have their number here.
Vladimir Ivic’s side haven’t been at their best in wins over Rotherham and Birmingham, but are managing to find a way at present, a theme I reckon will continue on Wednesday evening, although only by the odd goal.