A battle only for honour.
Last updated: April 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
West Bromwich Albion won 4 of their last 7 Premier League matches at The Hawthorns and lost only 1 of these games. But, they are on a run of three consecutive matches in the division without a victory. They lost 2-1 in their last Premier League match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium. Even though Sessegnon opened for West Brom in the 6th minute, The Citizens managed to turn things around and eventually won 2-1.
The Hornets lost 5 of their last 6 Premiership matches away from Vicarage Road. In addition, they only scored in one game. So, Watford will have to improve their performance in attack if they want to take something from their visit to The Hawthorns. But, The Hornets are looking forward to their participation in the semi-finals of The FA Cup, so they won’t be motivated enough for the match against The Baggies.
Furthermore, Watford has recorded only 2 victories of 13 away matches against West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies have won 8 of these games, having scored 33 goals. However, the last time The Hornets took the three points against The Baggies in an away game was 21 years ago in The Championship (0-1).
James Morrison of West Brom has a hamstring problem. The Scottish midfielder has scored 3 goals in 18 matches for The Baggies this season.
Chris Brunt is the other main omission for Tony Pulis’ team. The midfielder is out until the end of the campaign with knee ligaments injury.
Only long-term injured Gilmartin and Ekstrand are on Watford’s injury list. The Swedish defender has missed all the matches for his team this season.
The referee for the game will be Michael Oliver. It’s interesting that West Brom won 1-0 in their last 3 matches when Oliver was the referee.
Quotes of the week
Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “Yeah I thought it was a penalty.”
Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “We need to change the mentality and change the focus as quickly as possible.”
|WBA (4-2-3-1):||Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Sandro, Sessegnon, Fletcher, McClean, Berahino, Rondon.|
|Subs||Anichebe, Yacob, Pritchard, Chester, Gardner, Lambert, Myhill.|
|Watford (4-4-2):||Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Prodl, Nyom, Capoue, Behrami, Jurado, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.|
|Subs||Mario Suarez, Abdi, Anya, Guedioura, Holebas, Pantilimon, Amrabat.|
So far this season
|West Bromwich this season||Watford this season|
|6 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (5)|
|3-2 vs. Crystal Palace||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Liverpool|
|4 (6)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (3)|
|6 (6)||(at home) Losses (away)||7 (7)|
|0-3 to Southampton and Man City||Biggest Defeat||0-4 to Arsenal|
|Rondon (7)||Top scorer||Ighalo (14)|
|Fletcher (3)||Assist Leader||Deeney (6)|
|Y59, R3||Discipline||Y60, R2|
|11||Failures to score||13|
|14||Both Teams to Score Games||13|
|13||Over 2.5 Games||13|
|19||Under 2.5 Games||19|
- The Hornets have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches away from Vicarage Road. They have conceded 10 goals in their net.
- West Bromwich Albion is undefeated in their last 15 matches against Watford in all competitions. The Baggies have won 8 of these games.
- The first match of the season between these two teams at Vicarage Road finished with a draw (0-0). That was the first 0-0 draw in the Head to Head history of West Brom and Watford.
- The Hornets have kept a clean sheet in only 2 of their last 15 Premier League games. In addition, Watford has failed to score in 8 of these matches.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|15/08/15||The Premier League||Watford 0-0 West Brom||—|
|05/04/10||The Championship||Watford 1-1 West Brom||D. Graham 85′|
|31/10/09||The Championship||West Brom 5-0 Watford||J. Olsson 5′|
|12/04/08||The Championship||West Brom 1-1 Watford||L. Bromby 6′|
|03/11/07||The Championship||Watford 0-3 West Brom||I. Miller 33′|