Preston North End vs Watford Betting Tip Away Win & Under 2.5 Goals – 20 August 2022

Hornets to sneak past North End

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Preston North End vs Watford
20th August 1500hrs
Football – England – EFL Championship
Pick Away Win & Under 2.5 Goals
Bookmaker Unibet
Odds: 4/1 odds taken 1210 GMT, Friday 19 August

Watford make the trip to Deepdale this weekend to face Preston North End in the EFL Championship. Both clubs are unbeaten so far, and the Lilywhites could be tricky customers for the Hornets. Preston are the only side in the second tier yet to concede a goal, while Watford have taken eight points from four games and have looked solid up to now. This fascinating Championship fixture could go either way. Read on for the best betting odds and tips.

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Preston North End Preview – Can the Lilywhites extend unbeaten run?

Preston North End have been outstanding at the back this term, keeping four league clean sheets on the spin. However, they have scored just once at the other end. It has been a bizarre start for Ryan Lowe’s men, as three of their opening four matches have ended goalless.

Preston’s one and only league victory came against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on matchday three. Brad Potts’ stunning goal won the points in that one, but they have drawn 0-0 with Wigan Athletic, Hull City and Rotherham United. They did manage to thump Huddersfield Town 4-1 away from home in the cup.

Our betting prediction:
Under 2.5 goals

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(odds taken 1218 GMT, Friday 19 August)

North End may be unbeaten in four at the start of this league campaign, but the Lancashire side have scored just one goal and secured six points from a possible 12. Still, will their unbeaten run go on this weekend?

Watford Preview – Hornets to stretch unbeaten run to five?

New Watford boss Rob Edwards has made a steady start to life at Vicarage Road. The Hornets are undefeated in four Championship games and find themselves at the right end of the table early doors.

Watford’s season started with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Vicarage Road. They then drew with West Bromwich Albion before beating Burnley 1-0 at home. Last time out, the Hornets were held to a 1-1 draw by John Eustace’s Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

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This will be another typical tough Championship test for Watford, but can they leave Deepdale with their unbeaten run intact? Edwards’ troops are the bookies’ favourites at 13/8.


Preston North End vs Watford Betting Advice

On their way to promotion to the Premier League in the 2020-21 season, Watford did a Championship double over Preston. In November 2020, Quina, Troy Deeney, Nathaniel Chalobah and Joao Pedro netted in a 4-1 home win. At Deepdale a few months later, Pedro scored from the spot to give Watford a 1-0 away victory.

Preston have won just one of the previous six league meetings. However, they did beat Watford in the EFL Cup back in August 2015.


Key Facts – Preston North End vs Watford Betting Tip

  • Three of Preston’s four league games have ended in goalless draws
  • North End have scored just one Championship goal this term
  • Watford are unbeaten in four under Edwards (two wins, two draws)


Preston are the joint lowest scorers in the league, though they are the only club yet to concede a goal. This is unlikely to be a goal-fest, but we fancy Watford to nick a narrow victory at Deepdale. You can get 4/1 for the away win and under 2.5 goals. We also like the look of 3/1 for the Hornets to win by one goal.


The best betting odds for Preston North End vs Watford

Preston North End to win: 7/4 at Bet365
Draw: 2/1 at Bet365
Watford to win: 13/8 at Bet365