Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Addicks Preview - Home, 19th January

Addicks Preview - Home, 19th January

We all love the Coca Cola Championship, largely for it`s unpredictable nature, a few sides break the 'small club mould` and punch above their weight and break into the top half, whilst others punch below and struggle. Who`d of predicted that Wolves, Leicester, Charlton and Sheffield United would have been so inconsistent?

It`s something of a mystery that Charlton are down in fifth with just 3 home victories this season when you look at their squad. Although lacking depth, the Addicks have plenty of quality, potential and a number of players still on the books from last season.

Throw in several astute Summer additions and you would think Charlton should be challenging the 'Orns and the Baggies for a promotion place, although Bristol are putting us all to shame at the moment.

Summer signings including Izale McLeod who is yet to hit off at the Valley as well as fellow strikers Luke Varney and Chris Iwelumno who have notched up 14 goals between them in limited starts. With Svetaslov Todrov also on the books and youngster Chris Dickson to boot, it`s plain and simple that Pardew has striking options aplenty.

In midfield, Charlton have several shrewd operators, most notably Zheng Zhi who impressed on loan last season and has been just as influential since signing permanently this term. 'The Chinese David Beckham` has a number of caps under his belt and at 28 is in the prime of his career. Twenty-four starts and seven goals tell of a man influential to the Addicks promotion push. An eye for a pass and a ninety-minute engine are just two of Zheng`s main qualities.

Next to Zheng in the midfield boiler room is another equally reliable character, Matt Holland. A full Ireland international with a World Cup campaign behind him and a number of seasons in the top-flight of English football, Holland is a pivotal figure. More of a holding player he may be, with less frills attached, the former Tractor Boy has racked up nearly 500 starts in England.

The midfield quality does not end there as Andy Reid [now club captain], Jerome Thomas and youngster Lloyd Sam, it really becomes a puzzle Charlton aren`t walking away with the division. That said, the quality in this league increases every season and W.B.A have even more skilled, experienced players in their ranks.

Kelly Youga is another youngster with a big future having returned from an impressive loan spell at Scunthorpe United. After that culture shock introduction to English Football, Youga has come back and played in Athletic`s last two cup matches, perhaps he will be a rival to Chris Powell and Ben Thatcher at left back in the second half of the season…

…A second half of the season which will yield more success? Who knows, but we all know that Charlton finish poorly, let`s hope that starts on Saturday for what should be a good game between two promotion candidates.

STOP PRESS
Calum Davenport
has today joined Watford on-loan from West Ham with a view to a long-term deal whilst Collins John is likely to make the bench should the deal involving Marlon King go through in time.

Watford XI
Lee; Doyley, Davenport, DeMerit, Stewart; Smith, Francis, Williamson, McAnuff; Ellington and Henderson.

Charlton XI
Weaver; Moutaouakil, Sodje, Bougherra, Youga; Ambrose, Holland, Zheng, Reid; Varney and Iwelumno.

Come on you 'Ornsss!



Writer:wfc123
Date:Friday January 18 2008
Time: 6:01PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Watford FC Injury List Concerns

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Watford FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Does Possession Mean For Everything? (14/2/17)

Control of the ball or simply hit on the counter attack having soaked up pressure - it's an age old debate in football and a club's style for many is sacrosanct.

Mazzarri Takes The Positives

Head coach Walter Mazzarri has reflected on Saturday's loss to Manchester United and he knows that without individual errors the scoreline could've been different.

Vital View - Premier League, 11-13th February 2017

Chelsea extended their lead over Tottenham but could have this cut by Manchester City on Monday night. Sunderland's heavy defeat keeps them bottom below Crystal Palace and Hull.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man U MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes67%
Cathcart0%
Kaboul0%
Prodl0%
Britos0%
Cleverley33%
Zarate0%
Capoue0%
Niang0%
Holebas0%
Deeney0%
Sub - Janmaat0%
Sub - Okaka0%
Sub - Success0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 13 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football