Both Watford and Blackburn have had a lot in terms of early results. What will the outcome be on Sunday?
A Mixed Bag
A win, a draw, a loss. That has been the tale of the tape for both the Hornets and Rovers, and neither will want to cede any further promotion ground at the weekend.
Four From Nine
If you are Watford manager Valerien Ismael, you may want to keep your new microwave in its box. The Hornets have failed to win either of their last two league outings and have already crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Stevenage.
Yes, it may be August, but this is Watford we are talking about and as we all know, this is a club that likes to change managers with a ridiculous amount of regularity. Failure to win at the weekend, may make September rather nervy for the former Barnsley boss.
Admittedly, there is an element of hyperbole to Ismael’s current managerial status, and one would hope that the Vicarage Road outfit have finally changed tact when it comes to a change of coach. Then again, the best way to remove any doubt is to return to winning ways.
Something that opponents Blackburn will also be keen to do and like Watford, they have failed to build on an opening weekend win. In fact, the pattern of the two club’s results are absolutely identical to date.
Watford were rather quick out of the traps on the first Saturday of the campaign, as they made rather light work of QPR – four goals in the first half, supporters of the R’s already starting to call for Gareth Ainsworth’s head.
From there, a second home game in as many weeks saw them held by newly promoted Plymouth and it seems for all the early flurry of goals against QPR, that things have slightly dried up in the attacking third of the pitch.
Last weekend saw Watford’s first away encounter of the season, but it would be Alex Neil’s Stoke who would come out on top. A 1-0 win for the Potters on the same day that Blackburn lost 2-1 at home to Hull.
A late winner for Liam Rosenior’s side, a bitter pill for Jon Dahl Tomasson and his players to swallow. Defeat that followed the comeback draw at Rotherham in week two and the impressive opening win at home to West Brom.
Although the fourth week of the season is too early to make any true conclusions, there is a feeling that these two teams have less to offer than the likes of early pacesetters Ipswich and Leicester and if they do not improve, another season of Championship purgatory awaits.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips, and I am going to opt for a score draw on Sunday. Neither team has offered anything in the way of early consistency and therefore, I am backing the two teams to cancel each other out at odds of 7/2.
While if there is to be goals, we are going to need to shine a light on the goalscorer market and this week the torch is passed to Sammie Szmodics. The attacking midfielder has already scored twice this season and I am backing him to break the deadlock on Sunday at odds of 12/1.