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Manchester United could strengthen top four chances on Sunday

Manchester United could move closer to the top four with three points at home to Watford on Sunday.

With Chelsea hosting Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime, victory over the Hornets would assure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side moving up at least one position.

Starting the weekend in seventh place, United are three points behind Chelsea in fourth. The West London side are one point above Spurs, who themselves are a single point ahead of Sheffield United. The Blades host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Manchester United are coming off the back of a busy week though – 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Monday night was followed up by a 1-1 draw away to Club Brugge in Belgium in the Europa League on Thursday.

Solskjaer duly rotated his squad midweek, but key players like Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic have started both games this week.

The bookmakers have taken this into account and made United odds on favourites at 8/13 at Old Trafford this weekend. Those fans who feel this price is too short to risk their own cash may opt to use a Draftkings promo code for this game. Alternatively, they may wish to do some matched betting by using a Borgata bonus code for the same game.

Watford’s initial surge under Nigel Pearson has fallen off in recent weeks – failing to win any of their last four in the Premier League as they head into Sunday’s game in 19th place, though currently just one point off safety.

The Hornets have been reliable on three players for their goals during Pearson’s short reign – Troy Deeney, Roberto Pereyra and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Whilst they could do with more productivity from Gerard Deulofeu and Ismaila Sarr as well, it’s their defensive frailties that have been their undoing.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster has shipped six goals in his last three Premier League outings, which includes one against fellow strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion and two against Aston Villa, who sit directly above the relegation zone.

Nigel Pearson’s second game in charge of Watford was a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Vicarage Road just before Christmas. The former Leicester City manager enjoyed a successful honeymoon period, winning four of his first six, before their recent run of form.

Whilst the Hertfordshire club haven’t won any of their last four, United have taken four impressive points in their two games so far this month – drawing 0-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers before beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

The latter does mean the Red Devils have played two games since this weekend’s opponents last played though. Squad rotation should at least help them out. Bruno Fernandes, Fred, David de Gea and Eric Bailly were all rested midweek following Monday’s victory.