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  • Date: 23/01/2020
  • KO: 20:45
  • Ref: Tony Harrington

Tranmere Rovers

  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D

2 - 1

(HT : 1 - 0)

  • Venue
    Prenton Park

Watford

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W

Match Commentary

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Tranmere v Watford betting tips

Tranmere v Watford betting tips

Premier League Watford will still be kicking themselves having blown a three-goal lead in the original match of this tie.

bet365 pre-match odds: Tranmere 4/1; Draw 16/5; Watford 3/5

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They allowed their League One opponents back into the contest in the second half and now look candidates to be on the wrong end of an upset in front of what is sure to be a vociferous Prenton Park crowd.

With a relegation battle to fight, boss Nigel Pearson won’t pick anything like his first XI.

He made no apologies for that being the case in the first game, saying: "It was never my intention to do anything other than protect the squad."

That immediately turns the eye towards Tranmere’s price – they are 4/1 to win in 90 minutes.

The problem is the team from the Wirral are struggling too and have won only three of 13 games in the third tier, a run which has left them in the relegation zone.

If they lose this one, they’ll have to play at Blackpool less than 42 hours after the final whistle, so are they really going to going all out for victory with their best team?

Probably not but an argument to expect a stronger team from them than Watford is the fact that the winners will host Manchester United on Sunday. That’s potentially a one-in-a-lifetime chance for some of the Rovers players.

A lack of home wins is a major reason they are in trouble but approach from another angle and you can blame the number of home draws. Look at it that way and Tranmere have only lost five of 12 on home soil.

That makes the 5/4 about them in the double-chance market and the 14/5 in the draw-no-bet market appeal. We’ll plump for the latter.

Best bet

Tranmere (draw no bet) to win – 14/5 with 888sport

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Tranmere v Watford tips

Tranmere v Watford tips

Premier League Watford will still be kicking themselves having blown a three-goal lead in the original match of this tie.

888sport pre-match odds: Tranmere 4/1; Draw 11/4; Watford 4/6

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They allowed their League One opponents back into the contest in the second half and now look prime candidates to be on the wrong end of an upset in front of what is sure to be a vociferous Prenton Park crowd.

With a relegation battle to fight, boss Nigel Pearson won’t pick anything like his first XI.

He made no apologies for that being the case 10 days ago, saying: "It was never my intention to do anything other than protect the squad."

That immediately turns the eye towards Tranmere’s price – they are 9/2 to win in 90 minutes.

The problem is the team from the Wirral are struggling in League One and have won only three of 12 games in the league.

A lack of home wins is a major reason they are in trouble but look from another angle and you can blame the number of home draws. Look at it that way and Tranmere have only lost four of 12 on home soil.

That makes the 6/5 about them in the double-chance market and the 3/1 in the draw-no-bet market appeal. We’ll plump for the latter.

Best bet

Tranmere (draw no bet) to win – 3/1 with Paddy Power

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Tranmere 2-1 Watford - Match Report

 Tranmere 2-1 Watford - Match Report

They needed extra-time to do it but Tranmere saw off Premier League Watford to set up a clash with Manchester United.

Three goals down in the first instalment of this third round tie, Tranmere were excellent on a very difficult surface and they’ll relish the chance to test out the Red Devils on it come Sunday.

Emmanuel Monthe had the home side in front at half-time, though substitute Kaylen Hinds scrambled Watford on terms midway through the second half.

Inseparable in normal time, the hosts made the decisive move at the end of the opening 15 minutes of extra-time when Connor Jennings headed home from close range.

Having lost 2-1 at Aston Villa in Premier League duty only 48 hours earlier, Hornets boss Nigel Pearson made a full quota of 11 changes to his starting side.

Tranmere, 19th in League One and seemingly dead and buried when they trailed 0-3 in the original game at Vicarage Road, were buoyed on as manager Micky Mellon admitted before kick-off that ‘no more motivation should be needed’ than knowing Manchester United awaited the winners in round four.

The home side set about their task from the off, with Jake Caprice alert early on, as Watford were given little time to settle in possession.

Morgan Ferrier and Corey Blackett-Taylor both tested the visitors resolve as the game took shape, while Joao Pedro scooped over at the other end with the best of Watford’s early chances.

It took until nine minutes before half-time for the breakthrough and it was Tranmere earned it from a set piece.

Blackett-Taylor’s delivery was flicked on at the near post and Monthe was there to apply the finish.

Joao Pedro had a great chance to draw Watford level six minutes after the re-start but he couldn’t beat Scott Davies

Just beyond the hour, Jose Holebas came within inches of levelling. His initial free-kick was deflected back into his path and, from a tight angle, his crisp shot came off the upright.

When Watford did draw level on 68 minutes it was a much messier affair. Davies fumbled a corner and substitute Hinds was on hand to squeeze the ball in at the near post to put the Premier League side on terms.

Mullin almost restored Tranmere’s advantage within three minutes, rounding Daniel Bachmann but seeing his shot from a tough angle come back off the post.

With extra-time imminent, Neil Danns almost won it for Watford inside three minutes of stoppage time but he pulled a shot wide.

With 180 minutes unable to find a winner, 30 minutes more was called for and once more Tranmere responded to their challenge.

Liam Ridehalgh’s cross into the area was flicked on by sub Mullin and Jennings made no mistake, heading home from six yards to send Prenton Park into raptures just before half-time in extra-time.

Watford introduced Henry Wise, son of Dennis Wise, for the final 15 minutes in pursuit of parity.

In truth, they rarely looked like getting there and so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his beleaguered Manchester United side are heading to the sand and mud of Prenton Park’s patch surface on Sunday for an FA Cup showdown with Tranmere.

Tranmere Rovers v Watford - Team News

Tranmere Rovers v Watford - Team News

Jennings a fitness concern as Tranmere host Watford in FA Cup third-round replay

Connor Jennings is Tranmere’s main fitness concern ahead of their FA Cup third-round replay against Watford.

Jennings, whose goal sparked Rovers’ dramatic comeback from 3-0 down in the original tie, was forced off before half-time in Saturday’s goalless draw with Southend after a collision with opposing goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Alex Woodyard is cup-tied having played in this season’s competition for Peterborough, but fellow recent signing Peter Clarke was only an unused substitute in Fleetwood’s tie against Crawley so is eligible.

Ollie Banks and Liam Ridehalgh were back on the bench after injury against Southend but Sid Nelson (thigh) missed out.

Watford boss Nigel Pearson is set to once again rotate his team.

For the original meeting at Vicarage Road, the Hornets head coach made nine changes from the side which had defeated Wolves a few days earlier.

Several under-23 players were handed opportunities alongside Daniel Bachmann, Domingos Quina, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Isaac Success and Andre Gray.

A similar XI is expected to play at Prenton Park with Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Tom Cleverley (foot), Daryl Janmaat (knee), Will Hughes (groin), Kiko Femenia (thigh), Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) and Christian Kabasele (suspension) all still unavailable.

H2H Comparison
23.01.2020 Tranmere Rovers Watford 2:1
Tranmere Rovers - Last 5 games
29.09.2020 Tranmere Rovers Liverpool U21
26.09.2020 Cambridge United Tranmere Rovers 0:0
19.09.2020 Tranmere Rovers Cheltenham Town 0:3
12.09.2020 Mansfield Town Tranmere Rovers 0:0
08.09.2020 Port Vale Tranmere Rovers 0:0
Watford - Last 5 games
26.09.2020 Watford Luton Town 1:0
22.09.2020 Newport County Watford 3:1
19.09.2020 Sheffield Wednesday Watford 0:0
15.09.2020 Oxford United Watford 0:3
11.09.2020 Watford Middlesbrough 1:0

Predictions

Markets Probability % Odds Value
  • 1x2
Bookmarks 1x2
BetwayBetway 6.00 4.20 1.50
Bet-at-home.comBet-at-home.com 5.61 4.20 1.48
Bet365Bet365 6.00 4.50 1.50
5.75 4.10 1.49
5.75 4.10 1.49
BetwayBetway 7.00 1.17 10.00
Bet-at-home.comBet-at-home.com 4.39 3.79 1.67
Bet365Bet365 19.00 1.03 23.00
15.75 1.03 18.75
2.85 3.25 2.40
888Sport888Sport 18.00 1.05 19.00
H2H Comparison
23.01.2020 Tranmere Rovers Watford 2:1
Tranmere Rovers - Last 5 games
29.09.2020 Tranmere Rovers Liverpool U21
26.09.2020 Cambridge United Tranmere Rovers 0:0
19.09.2020 Tranmere Rovers Cheltenham Town 0:3
12.09.2020 Mansfield Town Tranmere Rovers 0:0
08.09.2020 Port Vale Tranmere Rovers 0:0
Watford - Last 5 games
26.09.2020 Watford Luton Town 1:0
22.09.2020 Newport County Watford 3:1
19.09.2020 Sheffield Wednesday Watford 0:0
15.09.2020 Oxford United Watford 0:3
11.09.2020 Watford Middlesbrough 1:0