Opposing View: Norwich City
Struggling for points and goals in the league: is the cup a welcome distraction or a hindrance?
Good question. It's a bit premature to start panicking big time about our league form.
By all accounts we have played well at home - a decent draw with Everton (inc. Maroune Fellaini) a win and clean sheet against Southampton and a narrow defeat to Aston villa shows this.
Our away performances left a lot to be desired though - and this is a definite concern going down to Vicarage Road against a good Watford side.
We made the quarter-finals of the League Cup last season and were then dumped out by a certain team managed by Paul Lambert. It would be nice for us to go one better and reach the semis or maybe the final, who knows?
We need to begin with Watford first though! I think it could be a welcome hindrance, there's enough players to cope with a decent cup run.
Chris Hughton went big in the window, signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer, Gary Hooper & Nathan Remond: who's impressed the most?
Don't forget the Sweden internationals!
I would say Nathan Redmond has made the most impact so far, scoring the winner against Southampton got us our first win of the campaign which naturally eases the pressure all round.
He's also played really well for England Under-21's recently. He has been compared to the prodigious former Canary, Darren Huckerby, as he also likes to create a spark by taking on and beating the defenders and just giving it a go.
How seriously will Hughton be taking this tie with regards to his starting XI?
Considering we have had two extremely poor games away from home so far this season (Hull and Spurs), the fans will be expecting/hoping for a marked improvement when we face Watford.
The game is screaming out for Gary Hooper to start and up his comeback from injury. If Hughton does decide to play the likes of Hooper, Fer, John Ruddy & Sebastian Bassong then that will be a major boost and will make life easier against a Watford side that could show us up and crank the pressure on Hughton before a tricky trip to Stoke on Sunday.
Who will be your key man on Tuesday?
That all depends the kind of side Hughton puts out.
I suspect a couple of bench players may get a run out in an effort to mix things up, but the way things are i'm really not sure how he'll play this fixture.
I don't agree with resting our keys players because if we put out our strongest side you would expect for a morale boosting win, and of course progression to the next round.
One Canary you'd drive to his next club & why?
Carlo Nash, I mean what is the actual point in employing these kind of keepers? He's 40 years old and I doubt he's played 40 games in the last five years!
Declan Rudd is yet another 'keeper that's a product of the Norwich City Academy who plays for England Under-21's and he's currently out on loan at Preston North End - getting some good experience of first team football, so that is the only plus point of Nash really.
Any injuries or suspensions?
Elliot Bennett is injured for the remainder of the season, but apart from that I think we are all good to go.
Watford 2-1 is my prediction. (Hoping for a 4-0 away win though!)
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