Watford vs. Forest preview..

At a time when we’re struggling on our travels a trip to Vicarage Road is perhaps not the best thing to be occurring for us this weekend.  It’s not been a particularly happy hunting ground for us, although I suppose if we do manage to pull three points out of the bag it will prove to be doubly fruitful in literal and psychological terms.

That said, we did sneak a 0-0 against ’em last season.  Gunts was felled in the area by Tom Cleverley but we weren’t given a penalty, but the referee evened the balance by ignoring a blatant handball on the line by Nicky Shorey preventing Lansbury scoring a late winner.  T’was the infamous Andy D’Urso officiating that day.

Watford have been somewhat of a surprise package this season so far – tipped to struggle by bookmakers and many opposing fans alike, they’ve not only singularly not struggled but they’re playing decent football too under Malky Mackay.  It’s true their form over the last few games has been fairly indifferent (not too dissimilar to ours), but that’s no reason to underestimate our opponents.

On the back of a 4-1 shoeing courtesy of our dearest neighbours last weekend they’ll be doubly keen to make amends infront of their home crowd.  They certainly won’t want to lose three on the bounce which is what will occur should we win – that said, lose and it would be our third consecutive away defeat – which I’m sure we’d be keen to avoid too!

The Reds have a full squad to pick from – even forgotten man Joel Lynch is picked out on the official site as having recovered from an illness.  Robbie Earnshaw is once again available for selection following his injury lay off – so all in all, Billy should be able to field a team to his liking.  I’m assuming (and dearly hoping!) he will be restoring Bertrand into a more balanced looking defence!

Watford’s impressive start has been in no small thanks to the goals scored by Danny Graham – who looks to have been a snip at £500k.  He has been struggling with injury of late so whether or not he’ll feature remains to be seen, but it seems likely he’ll probably be fit to line up alongside his similarly prolific strike partner Sordell.  We need to watch out and cut out the daft defending!

At the other end of the pitch we’ll find Scott Loach – a highly rated ‘keeper who’s already been sniffing around the England set up and comes from Nottingham, and indeed, has been on our books as a youngster I believe.  Of course, highly rated or not – it would be nice to see if Lewis can pull a few surprises out the bag to give him a proper test!

A tough game – whilst Watford seem better on their travels than at home, they’ll be no slouches despite their slightly(!) limp performance at Pride Park last week.  Whilst both sides can play a bit when the mood takes them I’m expecting a cagey encounter initially at least with lots of cancelling out of one another and a close scoreline.

My head is suggesting a draw, because it’s lazy and easy but I find my heart gently chiding me into feeling positive and that we might just sneak a win by the odd goal.  Of course, my heart has gotten me in to trouble more times than I care to remember, so I wouldn’t recommend using it as a basis for a trip to the bookmakers!

5 Responses

  1. An important match tomorrow, one which I feel will be another draw. It baffles me that davies moans about not having a left back last season and then leaves bertrand on the bench just to accomdate chambers. I hope this is changed this week!

    If we do lose I hope Billy doesnt come out and moan about lack of experience, lack of physical players in our team again. Moussi and Mckenna can both give it out and Watfords average age of their squad is 21 so we cant use that excuse this game.

    I would like to see Earnshaw back upfront for that extra bit of quality.

    Im 100% behind Billy and hes a top manager at this level but enough of the excuses and lets have a go at them
    On a slight side note, does anyone else get annoyed by the smug robbie savage on 606? id love to ring up after we beat them over xmas and remind him who the biggest club in the east midlands is ;0

  2. I agree that sometimes billy’s moaning about a young squad gets tiresome and it doesn’t achieve anything, especially when he says we dont want loan signings so we cant do anything till january anyways.
    As for savage the man is an idiot pure and simple and talks nothing but rubbish, so much so that i’d dont listen to 606 now or even watch the ‘analysis’ on a saturday night. He shouldn’t be allowed on telly/radio as he’s still playing and his opinions can have a direct impact on the game. To be honest just the sound of his smug voice is enough to put me in a bad mood!

  3. I cannot see us (Watford) keeping a clean sheet and we have a poor away record so you guys will fancy the chance to get a point at least.

  4. if lewis and earnie can get a bit more clinical today we can get something.We had chances last week no doubt about that we didint take them.

    I would take a draw if offered I cant see us not conceding.

    U reds

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