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PREVIEW: WATFORD (A)

12 January 2021

A look at Town’s Sky Bet Championship opponents

- Preview to Town’s match against Watford
- A look at Xisco Munoz’s key men
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town’s attentions turn back to the Sky Bet Championship this weekend as they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

The match will take place on Saturday 16 January 2021 and will kick-off at 3pm!

When the two sides met earlier this season, the Terriers were victorious beating the Hornets 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Fraizer Campbell’s strike and an own goal helped Town pick up all three points!

THE OPPOSITION

Watford currently sit 6th in the Sky Bet Championship table with 37 points from 22 games as they look to immediately bounce back to the Premier League.

The Hornets started the campaign under the guidance of Vladimir Ivić, however, he was relieved of his duties after the defeat to Huddersfield Town!

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During his time in charge, the Serbian won nine of his 22 games in charge of the Hornets.

He was soon replaced by Xisco Munoz! The 40-year-old Spaniard was most recently manager at Dinamo Tbilisi, where he guided the Club to a second successive Georgian league title in 2020.

Xisco has been in charge of three Watford games since being appointed but did mastermind a 1-0 win over Sky Bet Championship league leaders, Norwich City, on Boxing Day! The other two games ended in defeat to Swansea City and Manchester United.

However, it has to be said that the Hornets are in fact the most in-form team on their own turf in the Sky Bet Championship! In 11 outings, they have won eight, drawn two and lost just one; that defeat came at the start of December when they lost 1-0 to Cardiff City.

FORM GUIDE

Watford come into this match after being beaten 1-0 by Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup. They also lost in their last Sky Bet Championship match against Swansea City.

However, they have won two of their last three games at Vicarage Road.

Similarly to Watford, Town are yet to find their first win of 2021. The Terriers have only won twice on the road this season.

ONES TO WATCH

Ben Foster

Foster returned to Watford in 2018 after a lengthy spell with West Bromwich Albion where he racked up over 200 appearances for The Baggies. The 37-year-old first played for Watford between 2005 and 2007 on loan.

Since returning to Hertfordshire, Foster has been ever present for The Hornets, playing every league game for the club. This season, Foster has kept nine clean sheets as a part of a defensive unit which is one of the tightest defences in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Ismaïla Sarr

Sarr joined Watford in 2019 from Rennes for what was a club record fee reportedly in the region of £30m. He scored five goals in his first Premier League season but was unable to keep the Hornets in the top-flight.

So far this season, the winger has made 18 appearances and scored four goals; his last actually came in the Hornets’ last home game. He also has two assists to his name. Sarr is known for his pace, dribbling ability and creativity.

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Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney has been an influential figure at Watford for over 10-years after making the switch from Walsall. He’s now the Hornets’ Captain and was integral in their promotion to the top-flight in 2015 and their survival for the following five years.

The striker added his name in the Watford history books as he became the first player in the Club’s history to score over 20 goals in three successive seasons!

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

The Terriers and the Hornets may only have 31 previous meetings with each other but they have both seen their fair share of wins, with Town edging the tallies in the record books with 15 wins to Watford’s 11; the two sides have also registered five draws between them since the first meeting back in September 1969.

Town beat Watford 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier this season.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

There’s a number of Sky Bet Championship ties taking place on Saturday 16 January 2021!

Middlesbrough vs Birmingham City – 12.30pm
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City – 3pm
AFC Bournemouth vs Luton Town – 3pm
Bristol City vs Preston North End – 3pm
Cardiff City vs Norwich City – 3pm
Coventry City vs Sheffield Wednesday – 3pm
Derby County vs Rotherham United – 3pm
Nottingham Forest vs Millwall – 3pm
Queens Park Rangers vs Wycombe Wanderers – 3pm
Barnsley vs Swansea City – 7.45pm

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will give an update on his side’s fitness in his press conference on Thursday 14 January 2021.

KIT

Town will be wearing the red away shirt against Watford – CLICK HERE to get yours!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Saturday’s game against Watford on iFollow HTAFC.

As per the agreement between the EFL and Sky Sports, Season Card holders will not receive this game for free on iFollow HTAFC.

That means that all supporters have to purchase a match pass on iFollow HTAFC to watch the game!

All proceeds from match passes from iFollow HTAFC, less VAT and transactional costs, will go to YOUR Club regardless whether it’s a home or away Sky Bet Championship fixture. Please support Huddersfield Town and do not use illegal streams to view matches.

The match pass will cost £10; CLICK HERE to get yours.


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