Watford Rewind: GW22 vs Crystal Palace

Saturday represented an opportunity to do the double against a mid-table foe, Crystal Palace. Back in October, during game week 3, Watford walked away with a comfortable, 2-1 win on the back of goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas. This game also saw Christian Benteke return to Roy Hodgson’s squad after missing 20 game. While the Eagles have posted eight clean sheets on the season, they have struggled up top, netting just 20 goals in 21 games. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW22 vs Crystal Palace”

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”

Watford Rewind: GW21 vs Bournemouth

Disappointment. That’s the only word that comes to mind when I look back on Watford’s travels to the south coast and Vitality Stadium on Wednesday where they played Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. This after the Cherries had scored just three goals in their previous four games. Watford had control of the game early, but uncharacteristically let it slip away. The game finished 3-3 on the day that saw a flurry of four goals in a seven minute period to end the first half. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW21 vs Bournemouth”

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”

Watford Rewind: GW20 vs Newcastle

It was another game against a very below average team, one in which the Hornets dominated again, but came away fortunate to draw level on a late goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure off the bench. The numbers only tell part of the story, as boss, Javi Gracia made six changes to the team after their 2-1 loss, midweek to Chelsea. This after comments from “tired” players after the midweek fixture, “But I have to make decisions about that and knowing we are going to play three games more in the next days, to manage the players maybe in the next games I have to change something to compete at our best level,” said Gracia Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW20 vs Newcastle”

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 Rewind: GW18 vs West Ham United

While it wasn’t a “must win game” coming off the back of a win against Cardiff City the week before, it appeared the lads were in good form, up for a test against a Hammers team that had got the business done in the previous four games, scoring 11 goals. By all appearance this game should have been a high scoring affair. Watford performed as they have all season long, confident in possession, stalwart on defense and received a bit of early Christmas cheer as they defeated West Ham, 2-0 Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW18 vs West Ham United”

Watford Rewind: GW17 vs Cardiff City

Coming off a tough 2-2 draw, Monday at Goodison Park against Everton, in a last second free kick from Lucas Digne, Watford had a chance to set their destiny on Saturday. Do they come out flat, which was a possibility or do they accept the late heroics and get on with the positive brand of football they have been playing all season? This week, Neil Warnock and the Bluebirds visited Vicarage Road. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW17 vs Cardiff City”

Watford Rewind: GW14 v Leicester City

How many chances does it take the Watford Hornets to score a goal? Over the last 4 weeks the Golden Boys have taken 41 shots, just eight have been on target. At the KP Stadium, Watford didn’t put a shot on target. Against Liverpool and Newcastle, we had but one shot on target. One goal and a single point over that run and supporters know, December is here. It’s like taking a page out Marco Silva’s squad last season, one that I faulted him, not the players. This season is different under Javi Gracia but recently, results are looking like that of last season
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Watford Rewind: GW13 vs Liverpool

It was one of those games going in, you know was going to be a tough ask for many teams. Ahead of the game, I was going in with a feeling we were going to lose, even wrote about it in the GW13 Preview and at Planet FPL, in my Watford Preview, “While I would like to remain positive and hope for a draw against Liverpool, I see this as one-way traffic on Saturday. Prediction for this game Watford 0 Liverpool 3.” Now maybe that isn’t the mark of a “true fan” but I was being realistic approaching a very difficult game
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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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