Football returns to English Premier League stadiums, and what better way to get things going than watching the clash between Watford and Liverpool. The Hornets are keen on starting a new era under coach Claudio Ranieri, while Liverpool will be keen on keeping their unbeaten run despite having a few absences due to the international break.
The hosts enter this game with a disappointing run that has seen them lose four out of their last six matches. To top it all, they have not been able to score in three of those six games. That should change under Ranieri, who had eleven days to prepare for his fourth adventure coaching a Premier League team. Yes, he is remembered by his title run with Leicester City a few years back, but his most recent EPL experience ended in disappointment as he was unable to steer Fulham away from relegation spots. Right now, Ranieri will face a similar challenge, as the Hornets are currently ranked fifteenth, just four points away from the relegation spots.
Ranieri will surely be keen on working with players such as Ismaila Sarr, the team's top scorer with four goals up to this point. Unfortunately for the incoming boss, the Hornets will have some unavailable players for this clash, which may cause his debut with the yellow and black side a bit more complicated than fans could wish for.
On the other hand, Liverpool make it to this clash fighting for the top spot against Chelsea. The Reds are second with an unbeaten record of four wins and three draws. To top it all, Klopp's team has been the most prolific squad in front of goal, having found of the net seventeen times. Despite those impressive numbers, Liverpool will want to go back to winning ways after two draws, one against Brentford (3-3), and one more against Manchester City (2-2) before the international break.
Speaking about individual performances, the Reds have enjoyed the antics of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, one of the top scoring duos in the league with ten goals, being Salah the top scorer with six goals to his name. If there is something to correct for Klopp's men, that would be their defense, which has conceded five goals in their last two matches.
The first match of Matchday eight in the Premier League promises to give fans their money's worth, but there are some things you need to keep in mind before betting on any of these teams to win this game. Scroll down for more details about Liverpool's visit to Watford this Saturday.
Watford vs Liverpool - Who's in and who's out?
Watford - Injured: Peter Etebo, Francisco Sierralta, Christian Kabasele, Nicolas Nkolou. Doubtful: Joshua King.
Liverpool - Injured: Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones. Doubtful: Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Diogo Jota. Ineligible: Alisson, Fabinho.
Watford vs Liverpool - Head-to-head stats
The last game between these teams at Vicarage Road ended in a three-nil win for Watford back in February 2020.
Liverpool have beaten Watford at their own ground in three of their last six trips there. Their last win at Vicarage Road took place on November 24, 2018, with the Reds earning a 3-0 victory.
Liverpool have kept four clean sheets against Watford in their last six games. They have gone on to win all those games.
Striker Mohamed Salah has found the back of the net eight times against Watford in Liverpool's last six games, including a four-goal performance back in March 2018.
This will be Claudio Ranieri's 15th game against Liverpool. So far, the Italian boss' record against the Reds shows five wins, three draws, and six losses.
Jurgen Klopp will face Watford for the eleventh clash against Watford. So far, the German tactician has won seven of those games, with only one draw and two losses.
Speaking of head-to-head matches between these coaches, this will only be the fourth time in which Klopp and Ranieri face each other. So far, Klopp has won two of those, while Ranieri took home the win in the other match.
Broadcast info - Watford vs Liverpool
In the U.K.: BT Sport App, TalkSport Radio UK, BT Sport 1, BTSport.com, BT Sport Ultimate.
In the U.S.: SiriusXM FC, Peacock.
In Spain: DAZN 1, Movistar+, DAZN.
In Canada: DAZN.
In Germany: Sky Ticket, Sky Go, Sky Sport 1/HD.
In the Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14.
In Argentina: Star+, ESPN Sur.
In Mexico: Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Sky HD.
In Australia: Optus Sport.
Watford vs Liverpool Broadcast Information
Stadium: Vicarage Road (Watford)
France: Canal+ Sport, RMC Sport 1, Free, RMC Sport en direct
Germany: Sky Ticket, Sky Sport 1/HD, Sky Go
India: Star Sports Select HD1, Star Sports Select 1, Hotstar VIP, JioTV
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Portugal: Sport TV2, Sport TV Multiscreen
Spain: DAZN 1, DAZN, Movistar+
Turkey: S Sport, S Sport+
United Kingdom: TalkSport Radio UK, BT Sport App, BT Sport Ultimate, BT Sport 1, BTSport.com
United States: Peacock, SiriusXM FC