Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Watford
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to beat Watford on Saturday afternoon
Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a commanding win against Watford at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds are sitting eight points clear of Leicester City in the Premier League title race ahead of their final top-flight game before jetting off for the Fifa World Club Cup.
Liverpool FC have a 14-point cushion over defending champions Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s men lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the derby last weekend.
The Reds have won 15 of their 16 Premier League games this season, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Liverpool FC will take on a Watford side that have only managed to collect nine points from their opening 16 games to leave them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to thrash Watford at Anfield in Nigel Pearson’s first game in charge of the Hornets.
“The games that have come Liverpool’s way have been excellent – they haven’t needed to be at their best,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“They appear to look vulnerable but then they win. It isn’t luck. There is a certain amount of ability and desire with them that we can see is driving them forwards
“People don’t think they can keep going like this but when you are going against a team with a manager who is trying to lift things, it does suit you.
“Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure are the key players for Watford and always the ones you could rely on, but question marks are surrounding the likes of Jose Holebas and Adrian Mariappa.
“Liverpool can afford to rest two out of the three front players and still have enough to get three points. Mohamed Salah has scored in successive matches but hasn’t been playing well and Roberto Firmino has not been brilliant.
“Sadio Mane has been carrying them. I see a very comfortable afternoon nevertheless. It may take them time to break Watford down though.”
Liverpool FC are the Champions League holders after the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final in Madrid last term.
The Merseyside outfit were 2-0 winners against Austrian side RB Salzburg in their final Champions League group-stage fixture.
Liverpool FC have never won the Premier League title after finishing in second place in 2002, 2009, 2014 and 2018.