Their strengths are equal, but someone has to take the points!
Last updated: November 30, 2015 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Watford and Norwich have proven they are competitive enough for The Premiership and now the teams will meet at Vicarage Road in this 15th round match. Both teams have recently won promotion and we will now see which one is better.
The Hornets are lying in 11th position with 19 points. They are on a good run of 3 victories in their last 5 games. Watford won against Aston Villa 3-2 in their last Premier League match. In addition, the strikers Ighalo and Deeney are in very good shape and just can’t stop scoring goals. The Nigerian, Odion Ighalo, has found the net 8 times, which means he is the third top scorer of the division.
On the other hand, Norwich managed to achieve a draw against Arsenal in the last round. The Gunners were in front after 30 minutes, but 2 minutes before the end of the first half Grabban equalised and earned a point for The Canaries. But, Norwich’s away performance isn’t good enough. The team has won only one away game from 7 and The Canaries did it against Sunderland (3-1).
One of the best Norwich players – Alexander Tettey, has received a tight muscle strain and won’t take part in the match.
Behrami and Prodl of Watford are still injured. Prodl is suffering from a calf injury, while the Swiss player is having a problem with his knee.
Ekstrand has not recovered from his injury. Gilmartin is the last Watford player who is sure to miss the match against Norwich.
The attacker Matt Jarvis has now recovered from his knee injury and can be selected by the Norwich manager. Jarvis has scored one goal in 5 participations.
Quotes of the week
Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “I have the impression he (Deeney) enjoyed his goal but it’s normal when you come back to play against one team. You try to win always.”
Alex Neil (Norwich) : “We are going to have to be a team that changes our style from week to week to get results.”
|Watford (4-4-1-1):||Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Anya, Abdi, Layun, Ighalo, Deeney.|
|Subs||Diamanti, Berghuis, Watson, Dyer, Paredes, Arlauskis, Ibarbo.|
|Injured:||Ekstrand, Prodl, Gilmartin, Behrami.|
|Norwich (5-4-1):||Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Mulumbu, Redmond, Jerome, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.|
|Subs||Dorrans, Lafferty, Rudd, Bennett, Whittaker, Grabban, Jarvis|
So far this season
|Watford this season||Norwich this season|
|2 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (1)|
|2-0 vs. Stoke and West Ham||Biggest win||3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland|
|2 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (2)|
|3 (2)||(at home) Losses (away)||3 (4)|
|0-3 to Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||2-6 to Newcastle|
|Ighalo (8)||Top scorer||Redmond (4)|
|Deeney (3)||Assist Leader||Hoolahan (5)|
|Y24, R1||Discipline||Y21, R2|
|5||Failures to score||3|
|6||Both Teams to Score Games||10|
|6||Over 2.5 Games||8|
|8||Under 2.5 Games||6|
- Watford haven’t won at home against Norwich since 10th December 2008, when The Hornets won 2-1. Priskin and Smith scored the goals for Watford.
- Norwich won the last match between these two teams. The Canaries recorded a classic 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road 9 months ago.
- The Hornets have recorded 4 clean sheets at home. They have won 2 games and have finished with a draw twice.
- Norwich have lost 3 consecutive away matches. In addition, they have conceded 9 goals and have scored only 3. Their biggest defeat was 2-6 to Newcastle.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|21/02/15||The Championship||Watford 0-3 Norwich||Grabban (PG) 65′|
|16/08/14||The Championship||Norwich 3-0 Watford||B. Johnson 32′|
|24/09/13||The Capital One Cup||Watford 2-3(AET) Norwich||J. Acuña 22′|
|12/04/11||The Championship||Watford 2-2 Norwich||Vokes 2′|
|06/08/10||The Championship||Norwich 2-3 Watford||Eustace 14′|