It might not be the most attractive of the 5th round of the FA Cup, but Watford against Leeds United could be fascinating if both teams decided to play at their potential. Watford and Leeds will clash this Saturday at the Vicarage Road Stadium at 15:00.
The Watford v Leeds United FA Cup Betting Odds listed the home team as the favorite, paying 1.62 for the potential win while the visiting squad is at 5.5. The draw and, therefore, a replay is rated at 3.75
Watford struggled to beat Newcastle (1-0) and Nottingham Forest (1-0) in the first two round, but they have a better roster than Leeds United and should be able to advance. Considering all tournaments, they have won three of their last six matches, including a 1-2 away victory over Crystal Palace during the weekend.
Their manager Quique Sanchez Flores said he is willing to experiment with this match against Leeds United.
“Saturday’s win was very important for us, it means we are very close to the target, to keep Watford in the Premier League next year”, Flores explained to Sky Sports. “I’d like to work with more time in this system, because it’s necessary to know the quality of moves, the pressure when you put the block behind the ball, it’s very important.
Leeds beat Rotherham (2-0) and Bolton (1-2) to get to this points. Not many people are expecting much more than they have gained, which puts the team in a position to play freely in this series.
They enter this match with a draw against Middlesbrough (0-0) and a loss against Nottingham in the Championship. They are in the 16th spot in the tournament, 23 points below Hull City, who are currently the leaders.
“They don’t concede many and you can understand why, but people will look on television tonight and say things are happening at Leeds that are very positive. My players deserved to win tonight, but didn’t”, said Leeds manager Steve Adams after the draw against Boro.
“There might be one or two chances they’ll be disappointed with, but we’ve restricted them and full credit especially to my offensive players tonight.
Watford have won three in a row in the series against Leeds, including the two times they met in the Championship last season. When the matches have been played at the Vicarage Road Stadium, Leeds have struggled in a big way, losing 4-1 and 3-0 in their last two visits.
Even if betting on Leeds United seems to have a lot of value, it still is a bad move. Steve Adams and his group have been one of the most disappointing teams in the Championship and shouldn’t bet any match for a Premier League opponent. Bet Watford.