Middlesbrough v Watford: Deeney fancied to net milestone goal


Across the last four gameweeks of Premier League action, there have only been five players to trump Troy Deeney’s tally of six shots on target.

The Watford man’s accuracy has brought three goals in this four-game stretch, taking his tally to 99 for the Hornets across all competitions since signing from Walsall ahead of the start of the 2010/11 Championship season.

Next opponents Middlesbrough have hardly been trailblazers for solid defending so far this term, keeping just a solitary clean sheet in their seven Premier League outings. They have conceded eight across their last four fixtures too.

This must bode well for Deeney troubling the scorers at the Riverside and he can be backed at 23/10 to score at any time in the 90 minutes. It is 6/1 that he bags the opener.

While Walter Mazzarri’s men clearly pose an attacking threat, they are arguably worse than Boro when it comes to defending.

Some 13 goals have been shipped in seven matches and they are one of four Premier League clubs still waiting for a first clean sheet of the campaign. Both teams to score, therefore looks another encouraging bet at 10/11.

So does the 5/4 for over 2.5 goals in the match, which is surprisingly a longer price than the 8/13 on offer for a maximum of two goals being scored. Watford matches are averaging 3.57 total goals so far this term.

Who will net for Aitor Karanka’s hosts is the big question, as none of their squad have managed more than nine goal attempts across the season to date and only Cristhian Stuani has mustered more than two efforts on target.

Gaston Ramirez leads the way for shots in the box and he is still waiting to open his account for the campaign, having netted eight times in 17 appearances on loan last season.

The Uruguayan is 29/10 to score at any time in the game and 8/1 to strike first.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.