Goals are usually plentiful at both ends at St Mary’s, and Al Hain-Cole expects nothing else when the Saints take on Sanchez Flores’ Hornets
A Premier League relegation six-pointer takes place at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, as Southampton take on Watford.
The Saints have taken just two points from the last available 24, but moved off bottom spot last week after earning a creditable draw at Arsenal last weekend.
Southampton vs Watford latest odds
Without a win in eight home league fixtures, they are on offer at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365 to come out on top in front of their own fans for the first time since April.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ men are five points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, but can be backed at 5/2 (3.50) to leapfrog their opponents with an important win here.
The last three league encounters between this pair have all resulted in draws, and there are odds of 12/5 (3.40) available on this one also finishing up all square.
Southampton vs Watford team news
With no injuries or suspensions to contend with, the hosts are likely to stick with the same line-up that came so close to victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Danny Welbeck remains unavailable due to injury, while Craig Dawson, Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra, Domingos Quina, Tom Cleverley and Sebastian Prodl are all doubtful.
Southampton vs Watford preview
Having conceded more goals in their opening six league games than any top-flight side in history other than Blackpool in 1933, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team cannot be relied upon to keep things tight at the back.
In fact, they have kept just two clean sheets in their previous 20 league games, and just one in 20 in their own back yard.
Nevertheless, having found the net themselves in all but one of those 20 home matches, they are likely to play on the front foot and aim to simply outscore the Hornets.
Southampton vs Watford predictions
With that in mind, odds of 3/4 (1.75) are surely worth backing on both teams getting on target for Southampton’s 19th league home game in 21.
All odds correct at time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.
Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 3/4 (1.75) with bet365