Watford will host Wolves at Vicarage Road in the fourth game week of the Premier League. Watford have only won one of their three matches whereas Wolves have failed to win a single match in the new season. This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams in the Premier League, with both teams winning two matches each.
Watford had a brilliant start to their season as they won 3-2 against a very strong Aston Villa and dominated the game. They lost by two goals to nil in their second game of the season against Brighton but were still able to create opportunities in the final third.
In their most recent game against Spurs, they did manage to put up a much better performance in the second half and created opportunities that threatened the Spurs goal.
In the game against Spurs, Ismaila Sarr attempted a total of 10 dribbles and also got the only shot on target. He has been impressive for Watford in their three games and will be the player to watch out for from Watford in this clash. Moussa Sissoko played his first game for Watford and had a positive impact on the game as he had the highest expected threat from his passes and also posed a threat from the dribbles he attempted.
While Wolves have had a disappointing start to the Premier League season under new manager Bruno Lage, the 1-0 scorelines in all three matches do not show us the complete picture of their performances. Wolves have outperformed their opponents in all their three matches, but have failed to capitalise on the chances they created. The above visual shows us that Wolves completely dominated the game against Manchester United with 15 attempts on goal. The rising xG timeline shows us that Wolves created more chances and were the better side in the game.
Wolves are only second to Manchester City in terms of the number of attacking actions attempted. With the likes of Adama Traore and Trincao who can easily beat the defenders in one on one battles, they can dribble the ball forward and put in great crosses into the box. They have been very unlucky in their games against Manchester United and Spurs, as both opposition keepers pulled off brilliant saves to deny the efforts of the Wolves players.
Ruben Neves has been an influential figure in the Wolves midfield as he has the skill and vision to put in great balls behind the defence of the opponents and give the opportunity to his attackers to create a breakthrough for the team. The above visual also indicates the same as Ruben Neves had the highest expected threat of 0.4 from the passes that he played into the final third. The shooting technique that Neves possesses, makes him one of the most lethal players when he has the ball at the edge of the box. Watford players will be on the lookout for Adama Traore who can wreak havoc on their defence with his blistering pace and dribbling skills.
Watford will try and give their best to get their second win of the season to move up the table, but it is Wolves who have been performing well and deserve a first win of the season after the performances they have put up in their previous matches.