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EPL: Hornets vs SaintsFC

Watford welcomed Southampton to Vicarage Road on Sunday knowing that winning would be a timely boost to their hope of survival in the Premier League. The Hornets are currently only one point above the relegation zone after Thursday's defeat at Burnley, while Southampton only need one more victory to reach the 40-point mark so that they are relegated early.

There is little doubt that Watford will assume their current position without Nigel Pearson taking over, but their recent performance will sound the alarm bell for the most important stage of the season. Pearson earned 13 points from his first 6 games as captain but then only got 6 points from his last 9 appearances, 3 of which have won really noticeable victories against Liverpool. That result proved that the Hornets were able to beat the best but also often played daydreaming and failure on Thursday at Burnley as a testament to their campaign. The good news for Watford is that everything is still in their hands; they are currently one point ahead of the red light group and are still facing relegation rivals Norwich City and West Ham and also have tough matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are coming. At home to the last 9 matches, Watford has only 1 defeat - including victories against top teams Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool during that time.

The only home match since the lockdown ended with a respectable 1-1 draw with Leicester City, but they welcomed a team of Southampton as the leading experts in the Premier League this season. The Saints have won 62% of the high scores during their travels between 2019-20 and while they have the worst home record in the entire team, only Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves are inferior. Southampton's attitude since the tournament returned is quite okay - a comfortable and convincing 3-0 win over Norwich in their first match before losing 2-0 to Arsenal in poor performance at home on Thursday night. The mistake of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and Jack Stephens was shown a red card, causing them to lose the match.