Soccer tips: Brentford vs Watford - Expect entertainment in Friday night tussle

Brentford and Watford go head to head in the Premier League and it has goals written all over it.

A derby with plenty on the line promises some fine Friday night entertainment as Brentford host Watford in the Premier League.

These two sides were scrapping it out for promotion last season, but whether they can retain their hard-earned Premier League status is perhaps the bigger test.

Brentford have not taken as many points as they probably feel they deserve this season, particularly given the amount of winning positions they have been in.

They are still grinding out points on a regular basis, though, which is more that can be said of Watford.

The Hornets have already replaced one manager and sit perilously in the table, just one place above the bottom three.

When, where and how to watch

When: Friday, December 10, 20.00 GMT

Where: Brentford Community Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

Best bets for Brentford vs Watford

Brentford to win and both teams to score at 7/2 (boosted from 16/5)

Brentford to win from behind at 9/1

Emmanuel Dennis to score the first goal at 6/1

Watford have certainly entertained since appointing Claudio Ranieri as their manager, although perhaps a little too much for the Italian's liking.

Goals have been relatively easy to come by for the Hornets. They have scored 20 this season, which is more than Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton.

It's at the other end where the problems have been, with only Norwich and Newcastle conceding more.

Claudio Ranieri Watford Oct21

That makes the Planet Sport Bet-boosted odds of 7/2 for Brentford to win and both teams to score look especially tempting.

Also consider Brentford to win from behind, with Watford starting brightly yet finding themselves unable to withstand the pressure once Brentford start chasing the game.

Last time out

Brentford 2-0 Watford (May 1, 2021)

These two sides were battling it out in the Championship last season and it was Brentford who generally had the best of their meetings.

Watford made the short trip to Brentford for the penultimate game of the season but second-half goals from Marcus Forss and Ivan Toney gave the Bees a relatively comfortable win.

Recent form

Neither side are in especially sparkling form, but it's Brentford who are finding points easier to come by.

Their last five matches have produced five points, although they may well be disappointed with that haul.

They lost at home to Norwich and failed to hang onto winning positions against Newcastle and Leeds.

Brentford (last five matches)

Brentford 1-2 Norwich

Newcastle 3-3 Brentford

Brentford 1-1 Everton

Tottenham 2-0 Brentford

Leeds 2-2 Brentford

Watford, on the other hand, have lost four of their last five matches, but given the quality of opposition that's not really surprising.

The Hornets lost out to Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea, and Manchester City, but they did manage a memorable 4-1 home win over Manchester United in among those defeats.

Watford (last five matches)

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Watford 4-1 Man Utd

Leicester 4-2 Watford

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Watford 1-3 Man City

Goalscorer bets for Brentford vs Watford

Brentford will again be without Ivan Toney with the striker isolating due to COVID-19 regulations.

That means the goalscoring burden will once again fall on Bryan Mbeumo. He is not in the best of form, but at 19/4 for the first goalscorer is still a good bet.

Watford have had no problem at all scoring goals, and Emmanuel Dennis has been in especially good form.

The Nigerian has six goals this season and can be backed at 6/1 to open the scoring - the same odds as Joshua King who has five Premier League goals to his name.

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