Watford vs Luton Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 26 September 2020

Close game likely in local derby

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EnglandWatford vs LutonEngland
26 September 1230hrs
Football – England – Championship
Pick Under 2.5 goals 
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 5/6 odds taken 2000 GMT, Friday 26 September

It’s 14 years since Watford played Luton and considering the respective form of both teams, this game could be well worth the wait on at Vicarage Road.

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Watford Preview – Can Watford make it back to back home wins at home to leapfrog rivals?

Relegation is always a time of uncertainty and transition for clubs but in Watford’s case, that applies even more. There has been a hugely significant changes throughout the club. The most notable change has been the appointment of Vladimir Ivic as head coach. Formerly of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Ivic is known for his defensive style of play and that has been apparent in the opening couple of weeks.

Watford are also playing with a virtually new group of players this season, despite many of the old guard still being part of the club. As most of the high-earners continue looking for moves out the club, Ivic is using a much younger selection of players.


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(odds taken 2000 GMT, Friday 26 September)
The new-look Watford are unbeaten in the league following a 1-0 win at home to Middlesbrough in the opening game of the Championship season. They then played out a goalless draw away to Sheffield Wednesday last week so there is clear signs already that the Hornets are more resolute and better organised.
The season has not been without disappointment, however. having crashed out the EFL Cup to Newport County in midweek. Where that rates on their list of priorities is debatable but Ivic – who won two league titles at his previous club – knows the importance of putting together a run of wins.

Luton Preview – Will Luton’s excellent form continue and see them maintain their 100% start to the league season?

Sometimes you just get the right fit of manager and club – and that is very much of the case for Luton and their coach Nathan Jones. Jones worked wonders to get the club on the  precipice Championship before being poached by Stoke City. It never worked out for him there and when he returned to Luton it looks as though their stay in the league was about to come to an end.

However, an excellent end to last season meant Luton were saved. They now find themselves at the start of the new campaign with maximum points from their two games.

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A 1-0 win away to Barnsley before an excellent 2-1 success at home to Derby last week means Luton sit amongst a group of just three teams who have six points just now. How long their stay at the top will last remains to be seen but when you look back at Luton’s last 14 games then it’s playoff-contention form.

Since the resumption of football back in June, Luton have lost just one of their 11 matches. That defeat was a whopping 5-0 loss to Reading but they have since won five and drawn the other two. You underestimate them at your peril

Watford vs Luton Betting Advice

It’s been a long time come since these two local rivals met each other in the league and it promises to be an excellent encounter. Watford are the favourites but they face arguably the form team in the Championship just now. Luton are might not have the resources of their hosts but they have a style of play that works for them.

Key Facts – Watford vs Luton Betting Tip

  • Watford have kept clean sheets in both their league games as Vladimir Ivic looks to stamp his authority on the team
  • Going back into last season, Luton are unbeaten in seven league games and lost only one of their last 14
  • The last meeting between these two teams took place in April 2006, a match which finished 1-1


On the evidence we’ve seen so far this is going to be a very competitive game. It’s one that might be decided by the odd goal – if at all. Watford’s two games have featured just the one goal whilst 10 of Luton’s last 13 league games have finished with under 2.5 goals. That’s the bet on this occasion.

Best Betting Odds for Watford vs Luton

Watford to win: 31/40 Betway
Draw: 5/2 at Betway
Luton: 4/1 at Betway