Quique Sanchez Flores' Hornets had the better of the chances in Hertfordshire but Odion Ighalo and Etienne Capoue were unable to hit the back of the net as both teams continue to look for their first win of the Premier League season.
The draw leaves Ronald Koeman's Saints sitting 18th on the table with two points with Watford occupying 12th having drawn all three of their fixtures upon their return to the top flight.
Debuts: WAT - Alessandro Diamanti (club)
- Can Watford turn their decent displays into wins soon? Does Flores have a competitive unit on his hands?
- Are Southampton starting to crack after losing a host of key players over the past two summers?
Watford make the unenviable trip to league leaders Manchester City on Saturday following their shock 1-0 loss to Preston North End in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night as Southampton prepare for their Europa League play-off second leg against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night prior to Sunday's home encounter with Norwich.
We will work hard to get the victory. Trabajaremos duro para conseguir la victoria. #WartfordFC#PremierLeaguepic.twitter.com/LvEtEFqi5B
— José Manuel Jurado (@Jurado10Marin) August 23, 2015
After a hard team work, there are no regrets. Next step on Thursday, we gotta make it count! @SouthamptonFC#SaintsFCpic.twitter.com/aXxVHyrYa9
— Oriol Romeu (@OriolRomeu) August 24, 2015
No goals today but a deserved point and a clean sheet for @SouthamptonFC !
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) August 23, 2015
Southampton's Koeman in the importance of a clean sheet:
"You like to win but after five goals conceded a clean sheet was something to chase," Koeman said.
"We have had to make a lot of changes defensively since the start of the season so that was a positive."
Watford boss Flores on his side's missed opportunities:
"We had a very good chance in the first half with Ighalo and we had a good chance in the second half with Capoue. But it's football."
*Thanks to Opta
1 - Watford have lost just one of their last six competitive meetings at Vicarage Road against Saints (W4 D1 L1). Buzzing.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 23, 2015
210 - @IkechiAnya has made more sprints in the Premier League than any other player this season. Busy.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 24, 2015
Goals - Miguel Layun, Odion Ighalo 1
Assists - Troy Deeney 1
Clean sheets - Heurelho Gomes 2
Yellow cards - Jose Holebas, Troy Deeney, Allan Nyom 1