Manchester United will look to extend their unbeaten run to eight games when they face Watford at Old Trafford in the English Premier League. The Red Devils defeated Leeds United in their last league game by a scoreline of 4–2. Their opponents, Watford, conceded four goals at home against Crystal Palace and lost the match by a score of 1-4. In the reverse fixture, Manchester United suffered a humiliating 1-4 defeat against the same opponents.
Manchester United have won 13, drawn seven, and lost six matches this season. Ralf Rangnick’s men have scored 44 goals and have the sixth-best xG rate of 40.62. In return, they have conceded 34 goals with a high xGA rate of 39.33. The above viz shows that the Red Devils average around 28 positional attacks per 90 minutes. The home team has attempted 215 shots with these positional attacks, and they are ranked third in the overall standings.
The Red Devils have attempted 364 shots and average 12.87 shots per 90 minutes. They have managed to hit the target 129 times, averaging around 4.5 shots on target per 90 minutes. Of the 364 shots, 216 have been attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, and 90 of them have been on target. The above viz shows all the shots attempted in open play. Cristiano Ronaldo is the joint top scorer, along with Bruno Fernandes, and has attempted the most shots for them from open play.
The manager might make some changes from their midweek Champions League draw against Atletico Madrid. Scott McTominay is recovering from illness and remains a doubt for this match. Fred could once again feature in the midfield alongside Paul Pogba. Anthony Elanga scored a goal in the Champions League, and he could get a start in this match.
Watford have won five, drawn three, and lost 17 matches this season. They have lost the most matches in the league. The Hornets have scored 25 goals with an xG rate of 26.31. In return, they have conceded 47 goals with an xGA rate of 43.17. Watford had to defend in most of the games and have made 1992 recoveries this season. Of these 1992 recoveries, 269 have been made inside the final third, 809 inside the middle third, and 914 in the defensive third.
The Hornets have attempted 253 shots, and 91 of them have been on target. 143 shots have been attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, and 71 of them have been on target. The above viz shows that most of the shots have been attempted from the right side. Emmanuel Dennis has attempted the most shots, three more than Joshua King. Dennis has scored nine goals and has the highest expected goal rate. Watford’s manager could make a few changes from their disappointing loss against Crystal Palace.
Manchester United will look to avenge their defeat in the previous meeting between these two teams. A win for them would strengthen their hold on the Champions League positions. Watford, on the other hand, will also look for some points in this game that would help them survive in the relegation battle.