Aston Villa vs Watford Prediction, 2/19/2022 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Aston Villa vs Watford
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Location: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Aston Villa (-149) Watford (+320)
Villa Park is the venue where Danny Ings and Aston Villa (8-3-12, 12th in the EPL) will play Watford (4-3-16, 19th in the EPL) on Saturday. The starting goaltenders will be Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa and Ben Foster for Watford. Watford are at at +320 while the Villains are at -149. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Aston Villa played Newcastle United in their most recent match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0. When discussing the passing game, they had a 83.8% received passes percentage by connecting on 356 out of their 425 targeted passes last game. Aston Villa attempted 13 dribbles in this matchup and successfully completed 8 of those dribbles for a rate of 61.5%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Aston Villa wrapped this game up at a 9.1% clip by hitting 1 shot on target of 11 total shots. Aston Villa has an average of 1.26 goals per 90 minutes (29 goals in total) and have tallied 24 assists in all matches this season.
Danny Ings is a player who should impact this matchup for Aston Villa. Ings has started 221 outings in his career and he has earned 0.43 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from England has earned 93 goals in 19,356 minutes played. He has 25 assists while accumulating 22 yellow cards during his career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Ollie Watkins, the forward born in England. He has helped a teammate on a goal 26 times during his career and he has scored 85 total goals. Watkins has been on the field for 20,941 minutes in 231 career starts and has been handed a total of 33 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.37 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Aston Villa will be Emiliano Martinez. Martinez has seen the pitch for 11,659 mins and has accumulated 427 saves during his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.3 (169 total goals given up) and he has a save % of 73.3. The goalkeeper born in Argentina has had 587 shots attempted at him in 129 career starts. Martinez (48-28-53 mark in his career) has earned 42 shutouts, which leaves him with a 32.6% shutout rate.
The last time they took the pitch, Watford walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-0 against Brighton. They wrapped up this match by completing 247 of the 332 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 74.4%. Watford finished the match with a 41.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 10 out of the 24 dribbles they tried. Watford converted 1 shot on goal out of their 9 shots tried earning them a 11.1% rate in their last outing. Having a total of 23 goals and 18 assists in all competitions, Watford averages 1.00 goal and 0.78 assists per 90 minutes.
Joshua King should be able to be counted on for Watford. The forward from Norway has accumulated 19,426 minutes and has scored 59 goals. He has totaled 16 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 26 times. He scores 0.27 G/90 and has been a starter in 215 matches thus far in his career. You should also watch out for Emmanuel Dennis, the forward hailing from Nigeria. Dennis has earned himself a total of 29 yellow card cautions in 8,199 mins (98 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.36. He has scored 33 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 12 times.
Ben Foster is expected to look after the net for Watford. Thus far in his career, Foster has given up 638 goals and has 1,530 saves in 462 starts. He has given up 1.39 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 138-134-187. He has a save % of 71.2 and his clean sheet rate sits at 24.7%. Foster has racked up 114 clean sheets and has defended 2,156 shots against him in 41,403 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Aston Villa (-149)
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