Brentford’s Ivan Toney follows the ball during the EFL Cup soccer match between Brentford and Newcastle United at Brentford Community Stadium in London, England, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Adam Davy/Pool via AP)
- Brentford host Watford on Saturday, May 1st
- Both sides are currently in impressive form
- Get the odds, preview, and best bet for this Matchday 45 fixture below
With just two matchdays left in the EFL Championship, there’s still a lot to play for in the top-six. Brentford will be looking to solidify third place on Saturday when they take on Watford, who have already clinched promotion to the Premier League.
Both sides took away a point in the reverse fixture back in December at Vicarage Road, with Troy Deeney and Ivan Toney scoring from the spot in a 1-1 draw.
Brentford vs Watford Odds
|Matchup||Spread||Moneyline||Total at DraftKings|
|Brentford vs Watford||BRE pk (-157) | WAT pk (+125)||BRE +130 | WAT +215 | DRAW +220||Ov 2.5 (+118) | Un 2.5 (-148)|
All odds as of April 29
Brentford Flying High
The Bees couldn’t be in better form as they prepare to lock horns with Watford. Thomas Frank’s men are unbeaten in 10 straight games, conceding just five times during that span. They’ve also kept six clean sheets since the beginning of March.
On April 27th Brentford secured three points in a 1-0 victory over Rotherham thanks to a first-half winner from midfielder Bryan Mbuemo. The visitors did have a lot of opportunities though and struggled to score again. In fact, the Bees have bagged just three goals in their last four appearances.
Ivan Toney, who leads the Championship with 29 goals, hasn’t found the back of the net in four matches as well. The Englishman has been absolutely clinical all term long though and is certainly due for a goal-filled performance with just two games left in the campaign. Nonetheless, it looks as Toney has the Golden Boot wrapped up.
Brentford’s spot in the playoffs is certainly secured, but staying in third spot would be a best-case scenario. If they can pull this off, Frank’s side would play the sixth-place team. Right now though, the next three placings behind the Bees are a toss-up, with Bournemouth, Swansea, and Barnsley all level on 77 points, which puts them four behind Brentford.
1️⃣2️⃣ A tale of two penalties against Watford back in December#BrentfordFC #BREWAT pic.twitter.com/wnQTxMmGvJ
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) April 29, 2021
Despite the impressive run as of late though, the Bees have a poor record against the Hornets. They’re winless in 17 fixtures, last beating them in 1977. Needless to say, it’s a long time coming for the hosts.
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Watford Heading Back to Premier League
After just one season down in England’s second tier, Watford is heading back up to the Premier League. The ultimate goal has been met, but Xisco Munoz’s squad will have their eyes on winning the Championship title.
It won’t be easy, though. Norwich currently sits five points ahead of the Hornets and they would essentially need to lose their last two games, while Watford has to come out victorious over the next two matchdays.
Nevertheless, it’s been a tremendous campaign. Their backline has been flawless, conceding a league-low 28 goals. Attacking-wise, the side has been very well-rounded, with Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro, and Deeney, among others, all playing their part in the final third. However, the latter has been out long-term with an Achilles injury.
“It makes you feel confident going onto the pitch knowing you have a good chance of winning.”
🗣️ Dan Gosling spoke to the media ahead of #BREWAT… pic.twitter.com/qWHTC9g2Ls
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) April 29, 2021
Coming into Saturday’s meeting, the Hornets have collected 28 of a possible 33 points in their last 11 matches. Last weekend they also pulled out a 1-0 victory over Millwall thanks to a Sarr penalty kick in the 11th minute.
Despite their great form though, Watford has struggled away from home. Six of their eight defeats have come on the road this term, which is slightly concerning for this Brentford clash.
But, they have a tremendous record against the Bees and that alone should give them loads of confidence as the Hornets look to secure three points.
Brentford vs Watford Key Stats
|22-15-7 (3rd in Championship)||Standing||26-10-8 (2nd in Championship)|
|WDDWW||Record in Last Five Matches||DWLWW|
Brentford vs Watford Prediction
Both of these teams have been playing fine football as of late. Despite Brentford’s rough history against Watford, they have lost just one of their last 20 games on home soil. However, four in a row have ended in draws.
The Hornets meanwhile, haven’t played well in London, winning twice in 21 matches. It’s very hard to go against the dominant side in this tie and for that reason alone, I won’t. There wasn’t much separating these two foes in their last meeting and it’s going to be very similar once again. Also, bank on Toney to end his scoring drought.
Pick: Draw +220, Ivan Toney to Score (+133)
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Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He writes about European Football, Basketball, and Baseball for numerous sites across the globe.