The Hornets are able to beat Liverpool

Last updated: December 18, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 1:30pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWLL
Away form: DDLWW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

This is the season of pleasant surprises in The Premier League. Watford are playing great so far. The Hornets are lying in 7th place in the standings with 25 points collected. They are on a run of 3 consecutive victories in The Premiership. In addition, Odion Ighalo just can’t stop scoring. The Nigerian has now scored 10 goals!

The euphoria of the appointment of Jurgen Klopp has now gone and Liverpool look weak again. The Reds haven’t won in three consecutive matches. They were lucky to take a point against West Brom in the last round. Origi’s goal in the fifth minute of added time saved The Reds from another defeat. In addition, the referee disallowed a West Brom goal… Pure luck for Liverpool.

On the other hand, The Reds feel very comfortable when playing against Watford. Liverpool have won 14 from18 games in the head to head. Moreover, The Reds have won the last 5 games against The Hornets. If we only look at these numbers it would be easy to determine who is going to win, but believe me, Liverpool will struggle at Vicarage Road on Sunday!

Team News

There are no new injured players in either squad. Both managers can use almost all of their best players.

Divock Origi is expected to find his place among Liverpool’s starting eleven. The Belgian took his chance in the last match and scored against WBA.

Watford are playing 4-4-2 when playing at home. But, it’s very likely Quique Sanchez Flores will use 4-2-3-1 tactics and play on the counter-attack.

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool is doubtful. The defender received a knee injury against West Brom on Sunday and could miss the match.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “Our expectation is to improve, sometimes we need to meet with the players to create the same objectives.”

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “It’s much more important to work with people and if you trust them they have to feel it – and not just for two days but for a longer time.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Anya, Abdi, Layun, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Diamanti, Berghuis, Watson, Dyer, Paredes, Arlauskis, Ibarbo.
Injured: Ekstrand, Prodl, Gilmartin, Behrami.
Not available:
Liverpool (4-5-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Milner, Henderson, Leiva, Can, Sturridge, Firmino, Benteke.
Subs Bogdan, Ibe, Adam Lallana, Allen, Moreno, Origi, Enrique.
Injured: Flanagan, Ings, Sakho, Coutinho, Gomez
Not available:

Key Battle

Ighalo this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 (1) 1324 10 3,4 2 5 2 0
benteke Benteke this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 (3) 893 4 2,3 1 1 1 0

So far this season

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Watford this season Liverpool this season
7 League Position 9
3 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
2-0 vs. Norwich, West Ham and Stoke Biggest win 4-1 vs. Man City
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (3)
3 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to West Ham
Ighalo (10) Top scorer Coutinho (5)
Deeney (4) Assist Leader Milner, Coutinho (3)
Y27, R1 Discipline Y33, R1
5 Failures to score 4
7 Clean Sheets 5
6 Both Teams to Score Games 9
6 Over 2.5 Games 7
10 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • The last match between these two teams finished with a classic 3-0 victory for Liverpool. Bellamy and Crouch scored the goals for The Reds.
  • Liverpool have recorded 6 away victories from 9 matches against Watford. The Reds have scored 18 goals, which means they score 2 per game on average against The Hornets.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s players have won only 3 from 8 away games this season. Watford have won the same number of home victories.
  • The Hornets have kept a clean sheet on 7 occasions in The Premier League this season. Liverpool have done so 5 times.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/01/07 The Premier League Watford 0-3 Liverpool Bellamy 34′
23/12/06 The Premier League Liverpool 2-0 Watford Bellamy 47′
25/01/05 The Capital One Cup Watford 0-1 Liverpool
11/01/05 The Capital One Cup Liverpool 1-0 Watford
15/01/00 The Premier League Watford 2-3 Liverpool