GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford

Not sure why I decided to drop a preview of this game, as it could end up all red. In fact, the league leaders, Liverpool need to take care of business, as they have no margin for error with City breathing down the neck, just a point off the top spot in the Premier League.  Could it be anything other than a Liverpool victory at Anfield? Were the Reds poor at Old Trafford on the weekend or as Jurgen Klopp suggested in the post game comment, “F*cking hell, what a sh*t game!” Continue reading “GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford”

GW23 Preview: Watford vs Burnley

At Vicarage Road this weekend, Watford welcome the return of Sean Dyche and Burnley. Early season action saw the Hornets pick up three points on the back of a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor. Andre Gray got off to a quick start just three minutes into the match, but James Tarkowski equalized moments later. Watford would prove too much as Will Hughes and Troy Deeney would score three minutes apart out of the the break to seal the victory. Continue reading “GW23 Preview: Watford vs Burnley”

GW22 Preview: Crystal Palace vs Watford

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”

GW21 Preview: Bournemouth 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”

GW20 Preview: Watford vs Newcastle

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”

Watford Rewinds: GW14-16 & GW17 Preview vs Cardiff

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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GW13 Preview: Watford vs Liverpool

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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GW12 Preview: Southampton vs Watford

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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GW10 Preview: Watford vs Huddersfield Town

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”

GW9 Preview: Wolves vs Watford

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”

GW8 Preview: Watford vs Bournemouth

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”

GW7 Preview: Arsenal vs Watford

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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