Reds to avoid Hornets’ sting


The Premier League returns this weekend and Saturday sees two televised games that promise to provide plenty of excitement.

Watford and Liverpool kick things off at 12:30 in a match that poses a number of unknowns from the outset.

Marco Silva is set to make his bow as the latest man to take charge at Vicarage Road, while the last week has seen the Reds fend off rumours about a potential move for star man Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Hornets tailed off last term but have a good coach in Silva and look to have bought well over the summer. A home win is 19/4 but they will need to upset the history books, having triumphed in just one of the last nine meetings between the clubs.

Coutinho will be missing for the Reds but they still have the likes of Sadio Mane and debutant Mohamed Salah. Mane was key last term and is 13/10 to score at anytime, while Salah is 5/4 in the same market.

A Reds win is 10/17, with the draw 16/5 and the away team will be confident with such a good record against Saturday’s opponents.

Liverpool have kept clean sheets in six of their last eight against Watford but are shaky in defence and although they should triumph, an away win with both to score is sensible at 11/5.

The half five match sees the realisation of a dream as Brighton host Manchester City. The Seagulls finally made it to the Premier League last term and their players will get a real taste of what it takes when they face the Citizens.

A win for Chris Hughton’s men on Saturday is a tempting 19/2 and the occasion could well inspire the Premier League new boys.

While Brighton have remained patient in the transfer market, City have splashed the cash to give Pep Guardiola what he believes is needed to succeed. Ederson, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva could all get the nod and will be keen to make an immediate impact.

An away win is understandably short at 4/13, with the draw 17/4 and it appears hard to look past the Citizens.

City have won their last four Premier League games on the road and it could well be a comfortable evening, with an away victory to zero 20/21.