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MATCH PREVIEW: WATFORD (H)

11 April 2018

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Huddersfield Town’s next outing in the Premier League comes in the form of Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium.

With just five games left of the Premier League season, the Terriers sit five points and four league places behind the visitors in sixteenth.

The Hornets last visit to the John Smith’s Stadium saw Town run out to a 3-1 victory over the Hertfordshire side in January 2015. Odion Ighalo cancelled out Nakhi Wells’s opener before goals from James Vaughan and Joel Lynch helped secure the three points for Chris Powell’s side.

Town has won three out of the last four meetings between the two sides, with the latest being the Terriers’ joint biggest win of the season. An Aaron Mooy double and strikes from Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre earned the win for the Terriers in a stunning display at Vicarage Road.

Watford come into this game looking for their first win in five. The Hornets are still in search of their first away win of 2018, with the last coming at St. James’s Park against Newcastle in November.

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE - FORM

Roberto Pereyra

Form: 6.3

The Argentine playmaker has scored two goals in the Hornets last two games, netting against AFC Bournemouth and Burnley. The former Juventus man won five trophies in Italy before moving to England and has 10 caps for his country.

Will Hughes

Form: 3.3

The midfielder has amassed over 150 English Football League appearances for Derby County before the age of 22. The youngster has two assists in his last five games since returning from a lengthy injury.

Kiko Femenía

Form: 3.0

The Spanish fullback joined Watford from Deportivo Alavés in the summer and has played over 1,500 minutes in his debut season in the Premier League. He netted his first Premier League goal of the season in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road.

Watford’s Last Premier League XI vs Burnley (4-2-3-1)

GK: Orestis Karnezis

RB: Daryl Janmaat
CB: Sebastian Prödl
CB: Adrian Mariappa
LB: Jose Holebas

CDM: Abdoulaye Doucouré
CDM: Étienne Capoue

RW: Kiko Femenía
CAM: Will Hughes
LW: Roberto Pereyra

ST: Troy Deeney

TEAM NEWS: WATFORD

Javi Gracia is unable to call upon a number of First Team squad due to injury. Gerard Deulofeu will be the most notable absentee as he recovers from a broken foot. Christian Kabasele is a slight doubt as he recovers from a hamstring issue. The Hornets will also be unable to call upon Tom Cleverley, Younès Kaboul and Nathaniel Chalobah who are all recovering from long-term injuries.

FPL INJURY TABLE

Christian Kabasele (Hamstring, 75% chance), Molla Wagué (Match fitness, doubt), Younès Kaboul (Match fitness, doubt), Tom Cleverley (Hamstring, doubt), Gerard Deulofeu (Foot, doubt), Nathaniel Chalobah (Knee, doubt)

TEAM NEWS: TOWN

David Wagner will address the press on Thursday ahead of the game against Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium.

FPL INJURY TABLE

Elias Kachunga (Ankle), Danny Williams (Ankle), Michael Hefele (Knee)

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Town will be wearing the famous blue and white stripes for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN 1-0 WATFORD

14 April 2018

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A roar would’ve been heard comfortably even from the very tops of Emley Moor as Tom Ince struck on the cusp of second-half injury-time to hand Town a massive three points in the battle to stay in the Premier League.

Javi Gracia’s Hornets proved to be of a great difficulty to break down, as key chances for both were few and far between. But what mattered in the end was that when one came the Terriers way, it was finished with aplomb by the left-foot of Ince to cap a superb afternoon all-round.

There was only one starting XI alteration in the form of Collin Quaner chosen ahead of hero Ince; a squad provided with a boost following the appearance of Skipper Jonathan Hogg on the teamsheet despite leaving the field with a knock in the spirited 1-1 draw at Brighton a week previous.

Alex Pritchard was keen to build on an impressive offensive display down in Sussex, and teased with close control in the opening passages. Sebastian Prodl laid down his own marker nonetheless, firmly standing in the way of the January signing’s advances into a dangerous area.

Pritchard then turned to probing with a wide free-kick delivery, which the arriving duo of Zanka and the rejuvenated Steve Mounié gratefully took up the chance to meet.

Buoyed by the terrific John Smith’s Stadium atmosphere, Town had a spring in their step. Florent Hadergjonaj the next man to surge forward, and as an inviting gap looked to open up, the desired cut-back to the supporting Aaron Mooy fell inches short of it’s intended target.

Good play from both sides in varying senses in the next attack for the confident Terriers. Aaron Mooy’s loft over the heads of Watford’s central defensive unit set Collin Quaner on his way, and as the reinstated German strode through, Adrian Mariappa recovered timely to produce a perfect sliding dispossesion just as the winger looked to pull the trigger.

Proceedings settled down, with Town the side relatively on the front foot. A tidiness in possession evident throughout, as the Head Coach would have been relatively happy with the way the opening 30 minutes had turned out.

It took Javi Gracia’s Hornets 30 minutes to muster a first real chance. Troy Deeney used his physical presence to create an opening, but a low powerful strike was crucially diverted by a brave Florent Hadergjonaj block on the slide.

Abdoulaye Doucoure followed up to round off a quick succession of away chances, and the man who scored a thunderbolt in the reverse fixture this time found Jonas Lössl more than equal to the task of keeping the scores level.

Town continued to see a lot of the ball, and although the retention was of a composed standard, the final product was yet to come to fruition as the Hertfordshire Club stood firm with a defiant defensive structure. Plenty of positives to build on the other side of the break in the hunt for that all important opener.

The affair was cagey to say the least, with no clear cut chances as the second-half unfolded. Christopher Schindler was a whisker away from glancing home at the near post from a wicked Aaron Mooy corner- the closest either outfit had come to breaking the deadlock in the latter 45 so far.

A combination of ex-Hornet Jonathan Hogg and Terence Kongolo fought valiantly to bring Will Hughes’ mazy run into the box to a halt, and the England under-21 had made dangerous ground but ultimately found himself smothered before any potential goal-bound threat could materialise.

Tensions were rising, as Town dug deep to break Watford down. Steve Mounié had a shot blocked in space on the edge of the penalty mark as a result of Tom Ince’s initial effort rebounded kindly to the Benin International, ahead of Rajiv van La Parra cutting in from the native left to curl agonisingly wide of Karnezis’ left post.

Referee Craig Pawson was called into action as Alex Pritchard took a tumble in the box under a challenge from Sebastian Prodl. The man with the whistle decided against awarding a spot-kick, and the away side were let off the hook as the Terrier faithful vociferously voiced their hopes of a late winner.

Edging forward, a long Philip Billing thrown-in was hesitantly cleared only as far as Jonathan Hogg. The Skipper drilled a tantalising effort inches wide of the post on the half-volley which most thought would’ve been the catalyst to spark a late onslaught.

It may not have been an onslaught, but Town got what they deserved in the dying seconds courtesy of Tom Ince.

Superb work from Zanka to work an opening ended with the ball being rolled across the face of goal to which Tom Ince duly slotted home on his 300th career Club appearance. The roof was well and truly lifted off the John Smith’s Stadium as the scenes of utter jubilation amongst the sea of Blue and White was filled with unrivalled emotion and relief as Town took an almighty step to securing that pivotal place in the Premier League.

David Wagner’s men look to follow-up this afternoon’s late success in a fortnight’s time, as Everton make the trip to Kirklees (April 28, 3pm).

TOWN (4-2-3-1): Jonas Lössl; Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Florent Hadergjonaj; Jonathan Hogg (c), Aaron Mooy; Rajiv van La Parra (Philip Billing, 77’), Alex Pritchard, Collin Quaner (Tom Ince, 60’); Steve Mounié (Laurent Depoitre, 71’)

UNUSED SUBS: Joel Coleman, Tommy Smith, Scott Malone, Chris Lowe

WATFORD: Orestis Karnezis; Kiko Femenia (Richarlison, 58’), Sebastian Prodl, Adrian Mariappa, Craig Cathcart, Daryl Janmaat; Abdoulaye Doucoure, Will Hughes (Jerome Sinclair, 90’)=, Etienne Capoue; Roberto Pereyra, Troy Deeney (c)(Andre Gray, 81’)

UNUSED SUBS: Heurelho Gomes, Miguel Britos, Christian Kabasele, Stefano Okaka

REFEREE: Craig Pawson

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