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MATCH PREVIEW: WATFORD (A)

24 October 2018

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Huddersfield Town’s next Premier League outing is trip down south to face Watford on Saturday 27 October 2018.

The Terriers will face the challenge of Javi Garcia’s men in the 3pm kick-off at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets began their Premier League campaign with a bang, winning their first four fixtures including a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, propelling them into third position in the league.

However, since that point, Watford has won one of the Club’s last five games in the Premier League; that came last weekend in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Javi Gracia’s side currently sits seventh in the Premier League table, with 16 points from nine games.

The Hornets have averaged 1.4 goals per game so far this season and has the average possession of 45.9%.

Town has won its last three league games against Watford – all under the guidance of David Wagner – two in the Premier League and one in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Terriers’ last win at Vicarage Road came on 16 December 2017 as Town came out 4-1 winners thanks to a double from Aaron Mooy and strikes from Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre.

Watford’s Starting XI vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-2-2)

GK: Ben Foster

RB: Kiko Femenia
CB: Adrian Mariappa
CB: Craig Cathcart
LB: Adam Masina

CDM: Abdoulaye Doucoure
CDM: Etienne Capoue

CAM: Will Hughes
CAM: Roberto Pereyra

ST: Isaac Success
ST: Gerard Deulofeu

Key Players – FPL Form

Etienne Capoue – 5.0

Signed in 2015 from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £8 million, Etienne Capoue plays a key role in the heart of Watford’s midfield operating alongside Doucouré in a deeper role. The midfielder scored in the Club’s 2-0 win over Wolves and got his only assist of the season in a win against Crystal Palace.

Abdoulaye Doucouré – 4.3

Capoue’s partner in midfield has also hit a cracking run of form as of late, grabbing both assists in Watford’s 2-0 victory over Wolves. He has four assists in total so far this season, and the 25-year-old could be a creative threat this weekend.

Roberto Pereyra – 4.0

Another goalscorer from Watford’s last Premier League win, the Argentinian attacking midfielder is one of the Hornets most creative players going forwards. With four goals this year, he is only one goal away from his total tally from last season.

Team News – Watford

FPL Injury News:

Nathaniel Chalobah – Knee Injury – 75% chance of playing
Tom Cleverley – Achilles Injury – Unknown return date
Troy Deeney – Hamstring Injury – 75% chance of playing
Daryl Janmaat – Knee Injury – Unknown return date
Sebastien Prodl – Unspecified Injury – 75% chance of playing

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner will provide the latest update on his team during Friday’s Press Conference at PPG Canalside.

FPL Injury News:

Terence Kongolo – Hamstring Injury – Expected back 5 November 2018
Ramadan Sobhi – Lacking match fitness – 75% chance of playing
Abdelhamid Sabiri – Small knock – 75% chance of playing
Tommy Smith – Groin Injury – Expected back 27 October 2018
Danny Williams – Knee Injury – Expected back 27 October 2018

TICKETS

All tickets for Town’s match against Watford away are sold out.

KIT

Town will be wearing the famous blue and white stripes at Vicarage Road and each shirt will include a poppy. Similarly to this game, the Terriers will wear poppy shirts at Town’s remembrance game against West Ham United.

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Chief Executive Julian Winter will be at The Flag in Watford on Saturday 27 October 2018 from 12.30pm to answer your questions on anything Huddersfield Town ahead of the Club’s match against the Hornets.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Are you travelling to Vicarage Road? Check out Watford's visiting supporters guide by CLICKING HERE!

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If you can’t make the game, why not listen to full commentary provided by BBC Radio Leeds via #HTTV? Click here to find out more.

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Match Reports

REPORT: WATFORD 3-0 TOWN

27 October 2018

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The weather was a fair reflection of the result on a miserable afternoon in Hertfordshire as Town paid a heavy price for not making early first-half pressure count.

Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu took advantage of a combination of missed chances and some poor defending to put two on the scoreboard from which the Terriers would be unable to recover. Isaac Success added a third late on as the wait for a first Premier League victory of the season goes on.

A chilly October afternoon saw David Wagner make just the one change in response to the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool. Isaac Mbenza replaced Florent Hadergjonaj; the Belgian Under-21 international's first Premier League start in light of making five substitute appearances to date.

Jonathan Hogg captained the side on a ground where he appeared 84 times for the Hornets ahead of a move to HD1 in the summer of 2013. Another positive was the return of both Collin Quaner and Ramadan Sobhi to the bench after long absences away from the First Team squad.

Trips to Vicarage Road have brought with it a large number of goals in recent years, with a total of 16 scored on the last three visits north of the Capital.

A Rememberance minute’s silence was impeccably observed by both sets of supporters ahead of kick-off.

Town settled well in the early exchanges and took the lion's share of possession. A flurry of chances arrived as a result of necessary patience to break Javi Gracia's Hornets down.

Philip Billing's pinpoint cross-field pass found Erik Durm's run, and the German was denied only by a save down low from Ben Foster. Foster followed up by thwarting Aaron Mooy's powerful strike from the edge of the area with strong wrists and clutched at the second attempt with Laurent Depoitre lurking to tap home.

Alex Pritchard scooped over the bar seconds later; as once again the Terriers had made a bright start.

A brief moment of hesitation went unpunished as Durm cleared away at the crucial second to ensure Roberto Pereyra wasn't able to tap Isaac Success' teasing ball across the box into an empty net.

But a hesitation to tackle would ultimately make that bright start come crashing to a halt.

Pereyra waltzed through a number of Blue and White challenges before prodding past Jonas Lössl to hand the hosts a 10th minute lead.

Watford and in particular Will Hughes were an inch from potentially doubling that lead. Another last-ditch Erik Durm intervention nipped in to take the ball off Hughes as the midfielder thought he'd broke through the lines after a neat passing move from the right towards the central area.

Gerard Deulofeu took his chance to double the lead after Hughes fell short. The Spanish winger drifted past Chris Löwe to unleash a peach of a strike from an angle into the far corner to all but steepen an already huge mountain that the Terriers would have to climb to leave Hertfordshire with any sort of reward.

Chris Löwe immediately set about reducing the arrears. A thunderous left-footed strike rattled the cross-bar to spare the blushes of a stricken Foster.

Deulofeu continued to cause problems, this time cutting in from the left but could only watch as his effort trickled agonisingly round the wrong side of the post.

In truth, Watford's threat going forward was of an impressive nature, and Town looked shaky against an outfit buoyed by a morale-boosting victory at Wolves a week previous.

The Terriers had definitely upped their game after Deulofeu's second. Philip Billing's long-range strike looked to be sailing into the top corner albeit until Foster produced a decent diving save to divert away. From the set-piece, Laurent Depoitre gained a yard on his marker but could only head wide of the target.

That man Deulofeu may well have doubled his own personal tally as the second half resumed.

An ex-Barcelona graduate, Deulofeu beat the offside trap to race through and round Jonas Lössl, although the finish was to be desired as the resulting chip floated wide.

As a succession of corners bound for the head of Depoitre failed to materialise, Deulofeu curled wide once more to remind the Terriers that any lapses in concentration would leave them on the edge of the encounter being over before the hour mark.

A Watford third was close to killing the game off well and truly, but a scintillating sequence of passing and movement drew to a close thanks to the agility of Jonas Lössl to dash off his line and smother.

Still, Town refused to be beaten without a fight. An excellent recovering tackle from Craig Cathcart halted Alex Pritchard's clear route to goal, and Aaron Mooy's low cross from reception of the loose ball was met by Mbenza only to be comfortably held by Foster.

David Wagner aimed to inject a further spark to his side in the hunt to seek an unlikely reward by throwing on the duo of Steve Mounié and Ramadan Sobhi.

A third goal for the home side ended all slim hope of a comeback.

A diagonal ball found Kiko Femenía who'd snuck in round the back of the Town defence. The right-back cut across the six-yard box to Isaac Success who couldn't miss from a yard out. 3-0; game, set and match.

Town return to action next weekend on the Monday Night Football, where Fulham is the visitor to the John Smith's Stadium (Monday 5 November 2018, 8pm KO).

TOWN (4-3-3)

Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Erik Durm; Alex Pritchard, Jonathan Hogg, Philip Billing (Juninho Bacuna, 78'); Isaac Mbenza (Ramadan Sobhi, 63'), Laurent Depoitre (Steve Mounié, 63'), Aaron Mooy

UNUSED SUBS

Ben Hamer, Florent Hadergjonaj, Jon Gorenc Stanković, Collin Quaner

WATFORD (4-2-2-2)

Ben Foster; Adam Masina, Craig Cathcart (Christian Kabasele, 85'), Adrian Mariappa, Kiko Femenía; Abdoulaye Doucouré, Etienne Capoue; Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu (Ken Sema, 64'); Isaac Success (Andre Gray, 83')

UNUSED SUBS

Heurelho Gomes, José Holebas, Ben Wilmot, Stefano Okaka

REFEREE

Mike Dean

ATTENDANCE

20,457

*Map shows average location of Town's players

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