West Brom v Watford preview: Miguel Britos returns from suspension
Last Updated: 30/09/17 7:25am
Watford's Miguel Britos is available again following a three-match suspension for the Premier League match at West Brom on Saturday.
Watford have been away-day specialists this season with three victories from three league games but West Brom are unbeaten at The Hawthorns.
West Brom have struggled in recent weeks, though, failing to win a league game since their 1-0 victory at Burnley on August 19 and manager Tony Pulis expects a difficult game against Watford.
Pulis said: "He [Marco Silva] has a better horse to ride this year than last year [when Silva was in charge at Hull].
"He's been backed - they've spent quite a bit of money. They look a very capable team and it'll be a tough game."
Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) have resumed training but are lacking match sharpness.
Pulis has options should he wish to make changes with the likes of James Morrison, James McClean, Matt Phillips and Salomon Rondon ready to come into the starting XI.
Britos is back for Watford but Nathaniel Chalobah faces a spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed he needed surgery on a knee injury.
Sebastian Prodl (thigh) is stepping up his rehabilitation, but Younes Kaboul (hamstring) is not expected back until after the international break.
Craig Cathcart and forward Mauro Zarate continue their recovery from knee problems.
- Watford received a red card in each of their two Premier League games against West Brom in 2016/17, with Roberto Pereyra sent off at the Hawthorns and Britos collecting the second of his three Premier League red cards in the game at Vicarage Road.
- The Hornets will be looking for a fourth successive league away win in this match having already set a new club record of three consecutive top-flight away victories coming in to this game.
- West Brom have gone 39 Premier League games without being awarded a penalty, the longest wait among current sides in the competition.
- The Baggies have the lowest average possession figure this season in the Premier League (37.3%) and have completed a league-low 1300 successful passes.
West Brom were extremely unlucky against Arsenal on Monday. First up, I thought it was a stonewall penalty and then they created some brilliant chances. However, if they get the penalty and convert it, it becomes an entirely different game with the pressure shifting onto Arsenal.
That being said I thought they did okay and they can build on that performance against Watford. Meanwhile, Watford have made an excellent start to the season and they've been outstanding away from home.
However, I just have to side with West Brom here. I can see them making things extremely tight and nicking a win through a set piece.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (9/2 with Sky Bet)
West Brom are Sky Bet's 6/5 favourites for the victory with Watford priced at 5/2, while the draw is a 21/10 chance. Salomon Rondon heads a wide-open first goalscorer market at 11/2, with Andre Gray considered the visitors' main threat at 6/1 to net first.
West Brom v Watford is included in this weekend's Super 6 line-up, with £250,000 up for grabs again.