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!
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