Bet Of The Day August 1

Andrew Hendrie:
Bet Of The Day August 1

The English Championship match between Watford and Sheffield United features as’s best bet for Monday August 1.

Bet Of The Day August 1 – read on below for our reasoning behind today’s best bet.

Key Points

  • Watford are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 opening league games
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last five encounters with Sheffield
  • Sheffield United have lost three of their last four games
  • Sheffield United have lost six of their last eight season openers
  • Sheffield United could be missing up to five players to injury for this game

We’re off to the English Championship for today’s best bet as Watford and Sheffield United look to get their campaigns off to a winning start.

Watford will be determined for an immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated last season. With their last two managers both 70 years of age, Watford are going for a fresh approach this season, appointing 39-year-old Rob Edwards, who guided Forest Green to promotion from League Two last term.

It’s a tough first assignment for Edwards, but also a good opportunity for Watford to make a statement early on against one of their promotion contenders.

Watford also have a history of starting seasons well, going unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 opening league games, winning eight and drawing six.

Fans will also be keen to watch new striker Issouf Bayo, who scored 11 goals in the Belgian Pro League last season.

Sheffield United enjoyed a nice turnaround last season after Paul Heckingbottom took charge, but their bid for promotion ended at the hands of eventual recipients Nottingham Forest.

It will be a tough pill to swallow for Sheffield after coming so close last season – and their pre-season form doesn’t make for pretty reading, with the team losing three of their last four games, including against lower-league opposition in Mansfield and Scunthorpe, while they also lost their last fixture to Barnsley.

Sheffield are also missing some key players to start the campaign, with defenders Jack O’Connell and Jayden Bogle, goalkeeper Adam Davies and midfielder Tommy Doyle all sidelined.

Striker Oli McBurnie is also ruled out, while there’s serious doubt surrounding fellow forward Billy Sharp.

With Watford going unbeaten against Sheffield in their last five meetings dating back to 2009, we’re going to back the hosts to take care of a depleted Blades outfit at home to kick off the season.



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