Can The Villains win another match before this season ends?

Last updated: April 28, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWDL
Away form: LLLLL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Aston Villa lost again last weekend. Despite a great effort from Ashley Westwood who scored twice, this time they recorded a 4-2 defeat to Southampton at Villa Park. But it’s obvious Aston Villa’s players are desperate and have no desire to play, because they already know that there is nothing left to fight for this season.

On the other hand, Watford lost their most important match of the season – The FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace. The Hornets were so close to reaching the final, but Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham scored great headers and sent The Eagles into the final.

However, Watford have only lost 2 of their last 8 matches at Vicarage Road in The Premier League. The Hornets have only conceded 5 goals in these games and have kept a clean sheet on 4 occasions. Obviously, they will be the favourites in the upcoming fixture against Aston Villa. Furthermore, The Lions have only won 1 of 7 visits to Watford. The last time The Villains won at Vicarage Road was in 1999.

Team News

Joel Ekstrand has finally resumed full training. The Swedish defender has missed all the matches for Watford, but he can now return to the pitch.

Quique Sanchez Flores can be glad, because all his players are fit. So, the Spanish head coach can play his best against The Villains.

Ciaran Clark for The Villains has recently received an injury. The Irish defender has recorded 16 games for Aston Villa this season.

Jordan Amavi is the other main omission for Aston Villa. The Frenchman has taken part in only 10 matches this season and is going to miss the last 3 matches for The Lions.

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-4-2): Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Prodl, Nyom, Capoue, Behrami, Jurado, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Mario Suarez, Abdi, Anya, Guedioura, Holebas, Pantilimon, Amrabat.
Not available:
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Hutton, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.
Subs Lyden, Okore, Gestede, Toner, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Clark, Amavi.
Not available:

So far this season

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Watford this season Aston Villa this season
12 League Position 20
5 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 2-0 vs. Norwich
5 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
7 (8) (at home) Losses (away) 12 (13)
0-4 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-6 to Liverpool
Ighalo (14) Top scorer Ayew (6)
Deeney (6) Assist Leader Veretout (5)
Y65, R3 Discipline Y70, R2
13 Failures to score 16
11 Clean Sheets 4
14 Both Teams to Score Games 16
15 Over 2.5 Games 16
19 Under 2.5 Games 19
  • The Villains have lost their last 10 Premier League matches. Aston Villa have lost 25 of 35 games this season and have only won 3.
  • The Lions have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 matches away from Villa Park in The Premier League. They failed to score in 16 league matches this season.
  • Aston Villa have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches in The Premiership. The Villains have the worst defence in the division (69 goals conceded).
  • The Hornets beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Villa Park earlier this season. Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney were the key players of the game for Watford.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/11/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 2-3 Watford O. Ighalo 17′
20/01/07 The Premier League Aston Villa 2-0 Watford G. Mahon (OG) 86′
16/09/06 The Premier League Watford 0-0 Aston Villa
05/02/00 The Premier League Aston Villa 4-0 Watford
24/08/99 The Premier League Watford 0-1 Aston Villa