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Match Preview | Watford (H)

All the information ahead of tomorrow's Derby Day...

16 April 2021

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The Hatters welcome rivals Watford to Kenilworth Road for tomorrow afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship fixture.

Town were victorious last weekend against Wycombe Wanderers but face a tricky test in the form of the Hornets, who are eight games unbeaten in the league currently.

 

Nathan Jones said:

(You can watch the full pre-Watford press conference by clicking here)

“It is a massive game, and it is a game the fans get behind. The board love these games, we love these games and it is a real shame there are no fans because it is a game that fans really love. I know they will be talking about it anyway but imagine the atmosphere around the place, around the town. It is a shame they can’t be here, but it is still a massive, massive game.

“It is a local derby, we’re proud that we are coming up against them because four or five years ago, we were three or four leagues apart so to be on the same stage as them is wonderful. There is great history between the two clubs, great rivalry and we are looking forward to the game.”

 

Who?

The Hornets suffered relegation from the Premier League last season after a five-year stay in the top flight, a division they are hoping to return to at the first time of asking.

They were recently runners-up in the FA Cup final but they lost 6-0 to Manchester City in 2019.

 

The manager – Xisco Munoz

The 40-year-old Spaniard was manager of Dinamo Tbilisi, whom he guided to a Georgian league title in 2020, before moving to Watford in December that year. Xisco replaced Vladimir Ivic and his side are currently in second place, seven points ahead of third-place Swansea.

 

Main threat – Ismaila Sarr

The tricky winger has been sharp in-front of goal this season, providing 12 goals and 10 assists in his second season at Vicarage Road. The Senegal international operates in any position across the forward line and is a player the Hatters will have to keen an eye on throughout the 90 minutes.

 

When and where?

Kick-off is 12:30pm at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 17th April.

 

Man in the middle?

The referee for Saturday’s fixture is Gavin Ward – who last took charge of the Hatters in the 1-0 away win against Birmingham City.

 

Played before?

The two sides met at Vicarage Road earlier this season and Watford were narrow 1-0 winners courtesy of Joao Pedro’s goal.

 

Follow the action

The only way to watch the action from Kenilworth Road is via iFollow Hatters.

Season ticket holder iFollow codes for the Watford game have been distributed by email.

Match passes to watch the 12:30pm kick-off are now available to purchase by clicking the image at the foot of the page.


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