Manchester United travel to the Vicarage Road for their match against Watford in round-12 of the English Premier League. This is a must-win game for the visitors to keep their title hopes alive and enter the top four. The hosts have lost their previous two games and are just one position above the relegation zone.

Watford sit in the 17th position in the Premier League standings with ten points. They have won three games and drawn one game. Claudio Ranieri began his Watford career with a 0-5 defeat against Liverpool. His team bounced back with a thrilling 5-2 victory over Everton, and since then, they have suffered 0-1 defeats in successive matches.

Premier League Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

Watford suffered a 0-1 defeat away at Arsenal in the previous round. The team attempted six shots and created an expected goal rate of 0.42. The above chart shows that they created more threats from the right and right-back Kiko Femenia carried the highest threat rate.

Premier League Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

Watford have scored 12 goals with the second-lowest expected goal rate of 9.97. They have a leaky defense, and the team has conceded 19 goals. The above chart shows that Watford have the second-lowest number of touches inside the opposition box, and their numbers are only better than bottom-sided Norwich City. The Hornets have attempted 102 shots with an accuracy rate of 36.2%.

Juraj Kucka is suspended for this match after picking up two yellow cards in the previous game. Ken Sema and Ozan Tufan are also expected to remain sidelined due to injury.

Manchester United suffered a 0-2 defeat at Old Trafford in the Manchester Derby. Ole’s men have only earned four points in their previous six fixtures, and that makes it a must-win fixture for the Red Devils.

Manchester United is ranked sixth in the league standings with 17 points. They have scored 19 goals and conceded 17 goals in return. The Red Devils have one of the leakiest defenses and have conceded 11 goals in the previous four games.

Premier League Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

Manchester United’s expected goal rate this season is 17.52 and average 1.47 xG per 90. The team is the second-highest counter-attacking side in the Premier League and averages 4.19 counterattacks per 90. A total of 158 shots have been attempted, and 54 shots were on target. The Red Devils average 21 touches per match inside the opposition’s box and have a very high match tempo. They are only behind Chelsea and Liverpool in the match tempo standings.

Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Luke Shaw missed the international fixtures due to injury concerns, but there are huge chances of their availability. Paul Pogba will serve the final match of his suspension, and his countryman, Raphael Varane, is also expected to remain sidelined. Edinson Cavani is another injury concern for Ole.

David De Gea has kept only two clean sheets for his side this season. An Eric Bailly own goal and a mistake from the Spanish goalkeeper handed Manchester City a win at Old Trafford. Ole’s men have contested the lowest number of defensive duels and aerial duels in the Premier League. The Red Devils will look to earn three points against a Watford team struggling to find goals. This is a perfect scenario for them to improve their defense and catch the league leaders.