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The Hornets should have no trouble against Leeds.

Last updated: February 16, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Vicarage Road Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLDWW
Away form: LWDWL
Last meeting: 3-2
Competition: The FA Cup

Leeds United’s fans still remember the crucial 1-6 defeat to Watford in The Championship 4 years ago. The Hornets have won 5 of the last 7 games between these two teams, so The Peacocks definitely struggle when meeting Watford. In addition, Leeds United have lost 3 of their last 5 Championship matches and are lying 16th in the standings. Moreover, The Peacocks have won only 4 of 15 away matches this season.

Watford are playing parsimoniously in The FA Cup, giving very little away. The Hornets reached the 5th round after victories over Newcastle at home and against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground, both by 1-0. The Hornets are also playing well in The Premier League; they are lying in 9th position, losing only 1 of their last 4 matches.

Leeds United won 2-0 against Rotherham United in the third round. Carayol and Doukara scored for The Peacocks. Then, Steve Evans’ players had another, not so difficult task against Bolton Wanderers. Leeds beat The Trotters 2-1. That’s how they reached the fifth round. But the expectation is their participation in The FA Cup will end at the final whistle at Watford.


Team News

Costel Pantilimon is expected to start the match instead of Heurelho Gomes, who will be given some more resting time.

Leeds United’s top goal-scorer this season, Chris Wood, has a hamstring problem again. He had just come back from injury against Brentford and picked up another one after just 19 minutes on the pitch.

Gilmartin, Doyley and Ekstrand are still injured for The Hornets. However, they have missed the entire season for Watford.

Troy Deeney is in good shape. The forward scored two goals against Crystal Palace in the last Premier League round and is ready to find the net once again.


Expected line-ups:

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Watford (4-2-3-1): Pantilimon, Ake, Cathcart, Britos, Nyom, Capoue, Jurado, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Behrami, Prodl, Mario Suarez, Anya, Holebas, Gomes, Amrabat.
Injured: Gilmartin, Doyley, Ekstrand.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Silvestri, Taylor, Cooper, Bellusci, Wootton, Diagouraga, Bridcutt, Doukara, Cook, Dallas, Antenucci.
Subs Carayol, Erwin, Adeyemi, Bamba, Murphy, Coyle, Peacock-Farrell
Injured: Wood.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

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Watford this season Leeds United this season
Quique Sanchez Flores Head coach Steve Evans
The Premier League Division The Championship
9 League Position 16
1-0 vs. Nottingham Forest (away) 4th round result 2-1 vs. Bolton (away)
Runners-up (1) Biggest success in The FA Cup Winners (1)
3rd round Last campaign in The FA Cup 3rd round
Deeney, Ighalo (1) Top scorers in The FA Cup Doukara (2)
Assist leader in The FA Cup Antenucci (2)
  • Watford won the last match between these two teams. The final score at Elland Road was 2-3. Deeney and Vydra (2) scored the goals.
  • The Hornets have scored at least 3 goals in the last 4 matches against Leeds United. They won 3 of these matches and ended with a draw once.
  • Troy Deeney has scored 6 goals against Leeds United in the previous 6 games between these two teams. He is simply The Peacocks’ nightmare!
  • Leeds United won only 1 of their last 5 away matches in all competitions. They did it against Bolton in the previous round of The FA Cup.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/02/15 The Championship Leeds 2-3 Watford B. Sharp 7′
23/08/14 The Championship Watford 4-1 Leeds F. Forestieri 20′
08/04/14 The Championship Watford 3-0 Leeds A. Abdi 9′
07/12/13 The Championship Leeds 3-3 Watford T. Deeney 12′
04/05/13 The Championship Watford 1-2 Leeds D. Poleon 42′