The Golden Boys pack up for Selhurst Park this weekend as they take on Crystal Palace. In the reverse fixture, Watford controlled the game to keep their perfect start to the season going, defeating the Eagles, 2-1 on goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas. After a 78′ substitution, Max Meyer connected with Wilfried Zaha, who netted, but it was too little, too late for for Palace. Not much has changed since that game week 3 fixtures, both teams have been playing good football as they meet again on Saturday. Continue reading “GW22 Preview: Crystal Palace vs Watford”
Out of another good performance, Watford come away with just a single point on Saturday at Vicarage Road against Newcastle. I don’t agree with the six changes ahead of the game, as defensively, we were a liability. Adam Masina struggled and Adrian Mariappa, usually strong was out muscled by Salomon Rondon. The Hornets take the show on the road this week and visit Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth team that hasn’t been good. Defensively, they’ve conceded 37 goals, fourth worst in the Premier League Continue reading “GW21 Preview: Bournemouth vs Watford”
Back in November, the Hornets traveled north to St. James and came away empty handed as the Magpies knocked in a set piece late in the game to give them a 1-0 victory. It was the start of a downward trend, something Watford supporters had seen in years past. Watford outplayed Newcastle but came away frustrated. Now as we work our way to the end of 2018, Newcastle is struggling to generate goals, while Watford comes of a tough 2-1 loss, on the back of two wins. Continue reading “GW20 Preview: Watford vs Newcastle”
It’s been a rough run since game week 11 and a difficult 1-0 loss at St. James’ Park, a game in which like many prior to it, the Hornets outplayed the opposition, but finished on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Draws against Southampton, a week later coupled with a 2-2- result against Everton has seen the Golden Boys pick up just two points over their last six games. On a positive note, they continue to shine on the pitch, played a positive brand of football and testing teams like Liverpool and Man City.
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It was a tale of two different Watford teams last year when these two teams met in the Premier League. This season Liverpool has played second fiddle to Man City, nipping at their heels, just two points off the pace. While they haven’t been as offensively strong as City, Liverpool’s defense as conceded just five goals this season, posting seven clean sheets. Watford has started the season with 20 points, good for 7th in the league table, their best start to any Premier League season.
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Last weekend, the trip to Tyne was made longer, coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Newcastle. This week, Javi Gracia’s squad travels to the south coast, visiting St. Marys’ as they face Southampton, handed a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Man City. Gracia praised the Hornets for the “committed performance,” which saw 16 goal attempts, with just a single shot on target. Adrian Mariappa commented, “We are bitterly disappointed really to come away with nothing. As a team we created a lot of chances and we have been punished for not taking them.”
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Much can change over the course of 12 months, be that as it may, Watford have struggled against David Wagner’s Terriers. Last season, Huddersfield was promoted to the Premier for the first time ever and finished 16th (37 points) in the league table. That was just four points off of Watford at 14th. In both games last season, the Terriers were victorious, as they posted a 4-1 victory last December at Vicarage Road and 1-0, earlier this year. Going back to the Championship League, Huddersfield have won the last four out of five, as Wagner has won all three matches he’s faced Watford. Continue reading “GW10 Preview: Watford vs Huddersfield Town”
Taken at face value, this year’s Watford team had the appearance of being a very changed team compared to last year. After eight weeks in the 2017/18 season, the Hornets were 4-3-1 with 15 points, fourth in the league table under Marco Silva. This year with Javi Gracia, we’ve hit the skids, after a come from behind, 2-1 win at home against Spurs. Eight games in and Watford are 4-1-3, on 12 points and have slipped to ninth in the league table. It’s a replay of last season. Gracia will be forced into changes this week at the Molineux Stadium against the red hot, Wolves. Continue reading “GW9 Preview: Wolves vs Watford”
Watford have received some good news ahead of the home clash with Eddie Howe and Bournemouth. Gerard Deulofeu has returned and should be ready for first team action this weekend. “I am feeling good and I want to help the team keep this position and this good start to the season,” he said on Watford’s website. While I don’t expect the Spaniard to start, I do feel he will see 15-20 minutes of action this weekend. Continue reading “GW8 Preview: Watford vs Bournemouth”
It’s been a long week for Watford supporters, off a late defensive collapse last Saturday that saw a 78′ goal from Alexsandar Mitrovic send the Hornets home with just a point, followed by a 4-2 loss, on penalties, Wednesday versus Spurs, played in the WRONG stadium (MK Dons). Through it all, the Hornets continue to hold their heads high and remained focus and positive ahead of their trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, on the back of a four game win streak.
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Watford travel down the M1 to visit Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend in the Saturday, early game. Both teams are coming off loses in the previous game week and are looking to pick up those important three points. Watford continues to be a team in form, even suffering a 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road to Manchester United. Fulham had strung two games together, but ran into Manchester City, losing 3-0. This weekend, might have a bit of history on the side of Watford.
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As a supporter I feel confident ahead of the Saturday game, as Watford welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road. Winning it seems, is contagious and Watford have been playing some excellent football to start the season. Sure, we are just four games in, on top of of the Premier League with perennial winners, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. It’s some rare air, but Watford did this last season as well. Sitting fourth in the league table when they played Man City, only to drop four of the next seven games, as the season started to unravel. This year, there is a different feeling among the players, led by Javi Gracia.
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