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MATCH PREVIEW: WATFORD (H)

17 April 2019

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All the stats and information ahead of Town’s game against Watford

- Information ahead of Town’s match against Watford
- Team news ahead of the Premier League fixture
- Fantasy Premier League form and tips prior to the weekend’s game

Huddersfield Town’s penultimate home game of the 2018/19 Premier League season sees Watford as the visitors to the John Smith Stadium on Saturday 20 April 2019. Jan Siewert’s side will take on Javi Gracia’s Hornets in a 3pm kick-off.

Town’s Head Coach will be hoping his side can finish its Premier League campaign in the strongest possible way, starting with a positive result in Saturday’s game with Watford.

The visitors recently booked their place in this season’s Emirates FA Cup Final with a comeback win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley, earlier this month.

The Hornets returned to Premier League action on Monday evening with a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal at Vicarage Road, after playing most of the game with 10 men following Troy Deeney’s red card.

Javi Gracia’s team currently occupy the final place in the top-half of the Premier League table.

Watford has lost just once at home in the league since Boxing Day, which has aided the Club’s push for European football next season, however the Hornets only have two league wins on the road since the turn of the year.

The reverse fixture earlier in the campaign saw the Hertfordshire Club run out 3-0 winners, after goals from Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success.

Town completed a Premier League double over the Hornets last season, winning 1-0 in the dying moments at home, and 4-1 at Vicarage Road in two of Huddersfield Town’s best performances last season.

WATFORD LINE-UP AGAINST ARSENAL (4-3-1-2)

GK: Ben Foster

RB: Daryl Janmaat
CB: Christian Kabasele
CB: Craig Cathcart
LB: Adam Masina

CM: Abdoulaye Doucouré
CM: Etienne Capoue
CM: Kiko Femenía

CAM: Will Hughes

ST: Andre Gray
ST: Troy Deeney

Key Players – FPL Preview

Abdoulaye Doucouré – 5.7

The midfielder has been key throughout Watford’s 2018/19 campaign as the Club remain in contention for the seventh spot in the table. The Frenchman has netted in recent games against Fulham and Manchester United from his defensive midfield role, racking up five goals and six assists in total in the Premier League this season.

Will Hughes – 4.7

Hughes has regularly featured on the right side of Watford’s four-man midfield this campaign, with his most prolific Premier League game of 2018/19 so far coming in the recent win against Fulham. The former Derby County man provided the assist for the opener before scoring an eye-catching volley to restore the Hornets lead in the second half.

Andre Gray - 3.3

Gray joined Watford in 2017 and the striker has since grabbed 12 goals in 61 appearances for the Hornets. The 27-year-old has found the net on five occasions in the Premier League this season, with his most recent goal coming in the 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the start of March.

Team News – Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Head Coach Jan Siewert will provide the latest update on his team during Thursday’s Press Conference at PPG Canalside.

FPL Injury News – Huddersfield Town

Adama Diakhaby – Hamstring injury – 25% chance of playing
Abdelhamid Sabiri – Lack of match fitness – 25% chance of playing
Demeaco Duhaney – Hip injury – 75% chance of playing
Philip Billing – Back injury – 75% chance of playing
Isaac Mbenza – Illness – 75% chance of playing
Laurent Depoitre – Foot injury – 75% chance of playing

Team News – Watford

Watford Head Coach Javi Gracia will be without captain and top scorer Troy Deeney, after his red card in Monday night’s game with Arsenal. He is likely to still be without José Holebas, Domingos Quina and Tom Cleverley who will miss that game through injury.

FPL Injury News – Watford

José Holebas – Hamstring injury – Unknown return date
Tom Cleverley – Calf injury – Unknown return date
Domingos Quina – Shoulder injury – Unknown return date
Adalberto Peñaranda – Hamstring injury – 50% chance of playing
Kiko Femenía – Knock – 75% chance of playing
Gerard Deulofeu – Ankle injury – 75% chance of playing
Isaac Success – Knock – 75% chance of playing

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Travel Information

Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work across the West Coast main line over the Easter bank holiday (19-22 April).

This work affects all West Coast journeys: services will be reduced, and London’s Euston station will be closed on these days.

Passengers are being advised to plan ahead and avoid rail travel on the West Coast main line on these dates as services will be busier, take longer and some buses will replace trains.

For more information please go to nationalrail.co.uk/westcoast.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN 1-2 WATFORD

20 April 2019

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Gerard Deulofeu's brace wrapped up all three points for visitors Watford condemning the Terriers to another defeat in the penultimate home fixture of the season.

Deulofeu struck inside five minutes and then late in the second-half on an afternoon where that desired clinical edge would evidently prove to be vital, despite Karlan Grant grabbing a consolation in injury-time.

Five changes were made to the starting team on the back of the 4-0 defeat at Spurs a week previous. Jonas Lössl made a return between the sticks ahead of Ben Hamer, with Tommy Smith and Aaron Mooy taking the spots of Florent Hadergjonaj and Jon Gorenc Stanković respectively. Steve Mounié led the line as Karlan Grant dropped to the bench having suffered a bout of illness during the week, and there was also a first start since the February trip to Chelsea for Isaac Mbenza.

Not the start that was required, however. Watford's creative spark and recent FA Cup Semi-Final hero Gerard Deulofeu got the Hertfordshire outfit off to a flyer on a perfect footballing day in HD1, guiding a right-footed effort into the back of the net via the post.

And the Spaniard thought he'd breezed through on goal again just minutes later, only for a timely Christopher Schindler sliding intervention to halt the forward's progress.

Javi Gracia's Hornets are still in hot pursuit of a 7th placed finish in the Premier League this season to cap what has already been somewhat of a success having reached that FA Cup Final showpiece with Manchester City, and the attacking prowess with which they have gone out about their work throughout the campaign was evident in abundance throughout the early stages, looking a threat to the Town rear-guard every time an attack materialised.

Juninho Bacuna blazed the Terriers' first chance of the clash into the visiting support, arriving at a shooting chance courtesy of a rebound from Erik Durm's cross after the full-back was initially found by a masterful, cutting through ball from a deep-lying position by the Dutch midfielder.

Mbenza came within a strong palm of Ben Foster to equalising and bringing the home faithful to their feet. Isaac unleashed a crisp drive on the half-volley from Tommy Smith's careful knockdown, and Foster had to be alert to bat away in the centre of his goal. On this occasion, there was no blue and white shirt in the vicinity to tuck home the rebound, and the visitors cleared their lines efficiently.

It was the half-hour mark when Town's best chance came and went, to the frustration of Siewert.

Mbenza again involved, setting Smith on his way down the right flank. Tommy delivered to the back-stick, where Elias Kachunga was positioned, and Kache's subsequent effort towards goal, albeit with a slight degree of hesitation, was crucially blocked by Adrian Mariappa. The following corner wasn't taken advantage of.

Smith again reached the by-line thanks to an incisive pass through the lines, only for it once again to be cleared by some last-ditch defending by Mariappa.

Although there hadn't been much positivity throughout the first period, there was a special moment for young academy prospect Matty Daly, chosen to replace Jonathan Hogg to make his professional debut as the interval loomed.

Deulofeu began the second 45 as he did the first, dancing his way into a shooting position before failing to test Lössl. At the other end, a flurry of Town chances weren't taken.

Firstly Isaac Mbenza delivered a fruitful cross towards Steve Mounié, although it agonisingly dropped over the head of the Benin striker. Steve then led a quick breakaway, and with a numerical advantage and several options either side, he couldn't seem to make up his mind and was eventually dispossessed by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Aaron Mooy fired straight at Foster, as Town continued to play and work their openings with patience buoyed by a Terriers support in full voice like always.

It was nearly the visiting support in one corner of the ground who celebrated once again, although all hope of a second was to be short-lived as Andre Gray couldn't make an adequate connection to culturally flick home Ken Sema's low cross with 20 minutes remaining.

10 minutes later, however, those who'd made the journey up the M1 were thoroughly rewarded with the confirmation of all three points. That man Deulofeu clinically completed his brace and his side's second of the afternoon, slotting under Jonas Lössl at the second bite of the cherry after Abdoulaye Doucouré had initially seen his shot saved by the Dane between the Town posts.

Karlan Grant provided brief respite for the Terriers, heading home a consolation goal deep into added time from Chris Löwe's cross, but the damage had already been done and it was Javi Gracia's Hornets who returned to the North of the Capital with the victory.

Premier League action doesn't let up, with a trip to Liverpool on the horizon this coming Friday in-front of the Sky Sports Cameras (Friday 26 April, 8pm).

TOWN (4-3-3)

Jonas Lössl; Erik Durm, Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler (c), Tommy Smith; Jonathan Hogg (Matty Daly, 41'), Juninho Bacuna, Aaron Mooy; Isaac Mbenza (Chris Löwe, 81'), Steve Mounié (Karlan Grant, 66'), Elias Kachunga

UNUSED SUBS

Joel Coleman, Jon Gorenc Stanković, Florent Hadergjonaj, Alex Pritchard

WATFORD (4-2-2-2)

Ben Foster; Adam Masina, Craig Cathcart, Adrian Mariappa (c), Kiko Femenía; Étienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Ken Sema, Will Hughes (Marc Navarro, 90'); Andre Gray (Isaac Success, 72'), Gerard Deulofeu (Nathaniel Chalobah, 82')

UNUSED SUBS

Heurelho Gomes, Daryl Janmaat, Miguel Britos, Marc Navarro, Christian Kabasele

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