Watford vs Stoke CityEFL Cup, KO: 19:45 Sep 21, 2021, Vicarage Road
Watford welcome Stoke City to Vicarage Road for a Carabao Cup third round clash. The Hornets will be targeting a deep cup run this season and having made a decent start to seaason, should have the upper hand over the Championship side.
Watford warmed up for the visit of Stoke with a 3-1 victory over Norwich City in the English Premier League on Saturday. Emmanuel Dennis opened the scoring in the first half while Ismaila Sarr netted a brace after the break.
The Hornets appear to be settling down well to life in the Premier League. Xisco Munoz's men saw off Crystal Palace 1-0 in the previous round of the Carabao Cup and will be targeting a deep run to build some confidence.
While the likes of Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr have impressed going forward this season, Watford have kept just one clean sheet in six matches across all competitions this season.
Stoke City overcame Doncaster Rovers 2-0 in the previous round of the Carabao Cup. They were comfortable throughout the encounter and secured the win through goals from Tom Ince and Sam Surridge.
Things have not been particularly smooth for Stoke City since that victory over Doncaster Rovers. They have claimed just one win in their last four matches. Stoke have been beaten twice in that run, including a 2-1 defeat to Derby County in the Championship on Saturday.
Stoke City have battled defensive problems all season and are without a clean sheet in their last four matches. They have also conceded seven goals in that run with a 3-0 defeat to Fulham highlighting their vulnerability at the back.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
There have been 30 previous matches between Watford and Stoke City with both teams claiming 13 wins each and four draws. Watford have claimed the upper hand in recent meetings, winning the last two fixtures.
Players to watch
Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr have been the standout players for Watford this season and will be the ones to watch on Tuesday. Dennis is priced at 21/10 to score anytime by bet365, who are also offering odds of 11/4 on Sarr in the same market.
Sam Surridge was on target against Doncaster Rovers and could be worth keeping an eye on for Stoke City. Bet365 has the forward at odds of 5/2 to find the net.
Anything else catch the eye?
There were over 3.5 goals in the last meeting between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road and a similar outcome is priced at 31/10 with BetVictor. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 6/5 with Sporting Index.
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