Watford Rewind: GW29 vs Leicester City

This was a big game for Watford, returning home from Anfield the previous week, where the Hornets were demolished, 5-0 thanks in part to a staunch defense that decided to offense and supplant themselves at the top of the Premier League. This week, the Hornets welcomed former Watford boss, Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City to Vicarage Road. Rodgers last managed the Golden Boys in the 2008/09 season, as he returns to the Premier League after a stint with Celtic in the SPL. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW29 vs Leicester City”

Watford Rewind: GW28 vs Liverpool

Really? Do I need to detail how and why Watford lost, 5-0 at Anfield? I don’t want to relive a game that is feeling like Groundhog Day, as it’s 10 goals conceded at Liverpool in the last two years. Just a observations, Adam Masina was manhandled on the left flank by Mo Salah. While Salah didn’t score or post any attacking returns, he had Masina twisting, turning and grabbing the red jersey to keep up the with Egyptian. Aside from committing a foul, Masina had no answer for him. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW28 vs Liverpool”

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”

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”