May 1, 2017
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Watford vs Liverpool: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will travel down to London to face mid-table Watford on Monday night as they look for a vital win to keep themselves in contention for a top four finish.

The Reds remain a point clear of their closest rivals, after neither Manchester side capitalised on their opportunity to close the gap, having drawn against both of their opponents earlier in the weekend.

For Watford, the Hornet’s season is beginning to peter out slightly into mid-table mediocrity after they all-but secured their safety in the past few weeks.

Recent Form

After their dip in form at the start of the calendar year, Liverpool have turned it around with a run of five wins in eight matches – including a seven-match unbeaten run that ended against Crystal Palace.

Convincing victories over Arsenal and Merseyside rivals Everton, as well as a creditable draw at the Etihad against Manchester City, have seen Klopp’s side find some form at the right time of the year.

Defeat against Palace last weekend has stalled their momentum slightly, however, with former striker Christian Benteke blowing the top four race wide open as his brace downed his old side.

Watford, on the other hand, have continued their inconsistent form that has blighted their progress all season, winning five of their previous eleven Premier League matches.

Victories over Arsenal and high-flying West Brom have been undone by losses to relegation battlers Hull City and Crystal Palace, and with fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton all still to come before the end of the season they will do well to cling on to tenth place.

Team News

For the hosts, Walter Mazzarri looks set to name an unchanged eleven from the side that lost 2-0 to ten-man Hull City last time out, with Troy Deeney leading the lines for the Hornets.

The big news for Liverpool is that midfielder Adam Lallana is targeting a come-back for the trip to Vicarage Road after a month out injured, and is in line for at least a spot on the bench on Monday.

Sadio Mane is ruled out for the rest of the season and captain Jordan Henderson is unlikely to make a return, whilst Divock Origi will be given another chance to impress in the main striking role.

Predicted Line-Ups

Match Prediction: Watford 0-3 Liverpool

The last time these two sides met at Anfield it was an afternoon to forget for Watford who were on the wrong end of a 6-1 humiliation, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping it’s as easy as that again on Monday.

Despite losing to Crystal Palace last time out, the Reds are at the business end of the season now and know that anything other than three points could prove fatal for their Champions League hopes.

The potential return of Adam Lallana will provide a huge boost in the Liverpool camp for the rest of their run-in, and despite having home advantage at Vicarage Road their opponents have nothing to play for between now and the end of the season aside from pride so it could be a comfortable win for the visitors.

With Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City’s respective goal differences only separated by two goals, it’s the perfect chance for Klopp’s side to fill their boots record a resounding victory.

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