Can Everton repeat their performance against The Black Cats?

Last updated: November 16, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWLD
Away form: WWDLD
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester United won 2-0 against West Bromwich at Old Trafford in the team’s last Premiership match. That was the 50th game for the Dutch manager Louis van Gaal in The Premier League. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring after 52 minutes with his debut goal for The Red Devils. Then, Juan Mata sealed the domestic success with a goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time. So, United scored more than one goal for the first time in five consecutive matches. In addition, United haven’t conceded a goal now in more than 500 minutes, which shows a great improvement in the team’s defence.

The Hornets lost 2-1 to Leicester two weeks ago in the 12th round match of The Premier League. Two silly mistakes led to defeat for Watford. Kante opened for The Foxes in the 53rd minute after a clumsy reaction by the goalkeeper. In the 65th minute Jamie Vardy doubled after another mistake by Gomez, who fouled the striker in the box. Ten minutes later Troy Deeney was accurate from the penalty spot and fixed the final score.

At first glance, Watford’s chances against Manchester United are not good, but The Hornets proved they are playing nice football and are defending well and surely they can take a point from the match. Furthermore, their striker Ighalo is the league’s second top goal-scorer with 7 goals, so Watford is good in attack too.

Team News

Jose Jurado has recovered from his hamstring problem and will surely sit on the bench for Watford. The midfielder has taken part in 7 games so far.

No problems with injured players for Quique Sanchez Flores, who can use his best against The Red Devils.

James Wilson is still suffering from an injury and won’t be selected in the group by Louis van Gaal. However, the striker is not a key player.

The in-form young winger Jesse Lingard is expected to start again for Manchester United. He scored his debut goal in The Premier League in the last match against West Bromwich.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “I’m a little bit frustrated because I feel we weren’t far away from a good result in the match against Leicester.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “Every manager has the right to choose his strategy and we have to organise ourselves against that. We could have played the ball more quickly.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-4-1-1): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Anya, Abdi, Behrami, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Diamanti, Layun, Watson, Dyer, Prodl, Arlauskis, Ibarbo.
Injured: Ekstrand
Not available:
Man United (4-3-3): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Martial, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Lingard, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Young, Fellaini, Jones, Memphis, Carrick, Darmian.
Injured: Shaw, Wilson.
Not available:

Key Battle

deeney Deeney this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 1074 2 2,8 3 0 1 0
schweinsteiger Schweinsteiger this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 (4) 752 0 0,2 0 0 2 0

So far this season

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Watford this season Manchester United this season
11 League Position 4
2 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (3)
2-0 vs. Stoke and West Ham Biggest win 3-0 vs. Sunderland and Everton
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
2 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (2)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Ighalo (7) Top scorer Mata (4)
Deeney (3) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y20, R1 Discipline Y20, R0
5 Failures to score 4
5 Clean Sheets 8
4 Both Teams to Score Games 3
4 Over 2.5 Games 6
8 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • Manchester United have won 8 consecutive games against Watford. The last match between these two teams ended with a 4-1 victory for The Red Devils in The FA Cup 8 years ago.
  • Watford have recorded only two victories against Manchester United. The Hornets won for the last time in 1986. The final score was 1-0.
  • The Hornets have kept 4 clean sheets in their 6 home Premiership games. Manchester United’s away record is (3 of 6).
  • The Red Devils haven’t lost an away match since their defeat 0-3 by Arsenal on 4th Oct. when United conceded all the goals in just 20 minutes.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
14/04/07 The FA Cup Watford 1-4 Manchester United Rooney 7′
31/01/07 The Premier League Manchester United 4-0 Watford Cristiano Ronaldo (PG) 20′
26/08/06 The Premier League Watford 1-2 Manchester United Silvestre 12′
29/04/00 The Premier League Watford 2-3 Manchester United Helguson 33′
16/10/99 The Premier League Manchester United 4-1 Watford Yorke 39′