Finally, the Premier League is back, after the oh so boring International break!
Our 5th game of the season, is a trip to Vicarage Road, to face a Watford side, who are bottom of the table. After 3 losses & 1 draw, they decided to give Javi Gracia his P45 & reappoint Quique Sanchez Flores – who managed them during the 2015-16 season.
Unai Emery is familar with him, having both managed in La Liga. This will be their 8th meeting and what makes it even more interesting is QSF has 3 wins to UE’s 1… with the other 3 draws…
Since Watford’s return to the PL, after an 8 year absence, we have faced them 8 times – winning 6 & losing 2, GF – 18 GA – 5.
They also beat us in the 6th round of the FA Cup with QSF as their manager!
Watford team news – Troy Deeney is still recovering from knee surgery, so will not face the team his son supports.
Etienne Capoue is a doubt, through illness.
Rob Holding is back in full training, but doubt he will feature, what with being absent for so long.
Tierney & Bellerin are closing in on a return..
Willock had a calf problem, but is expected to be ok, as is Xhaka & Torreira.
As we all know, Welbeck was released at the end of last season and Watford signed him, so I’m just waiting for him to come back and haunt us, just like many others have previously.
Watford are desperate for points & having changed managers, performances & results usually improve.. we need to get back to winning ways, after a disappointing loss & draw in our last 2 games. So it’s all set up to be a very interesting encounter!
Lacazette has been ruled out until next month, due to an ongoing problem with his left ankle. This is a huge blow, having scored 2 goals already this season…….. this will make for an interesting line-up.
Peaches here – I would start Reiss Nelson on the wing and put Aubamayang up top ……….. let’s see what Emery chooses.
The team I’m expecting to see is : –
Ref – Anthony Taylor
Assistants – Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
4th Offical – Peter Bankes
Var – Chris Kavanagh Ass Var – Daniel Cook
Not going to predict a score, as I’m usually pants at it. I just hope we play well, Pepe scores & we win COYG
By Mrs Kolasinac