Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Opposing View: Norwich City

Opposing View: Norwich City
Journalism graduate and Norwich City fan, Sam Jermy (@SamJermy) gives us the inside track on the Canaries ahead of tonight`s clash at the Vic`...

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.

Match prediction?

Watford 2-1 is my prediction. (Hoping for a 4-0 away win though!)

Cheers, Sam!

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Tuesday September 24 2013
Time: 9:53AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Watford Latest Linked With Newcastle's Townsend

The Mirror has reported Watford have joined Crystal Palace, West Brom, West Ham & Southampton in having an interest in Newcastle's Andros Townsend?

Ighalo's Olympic Involvement In Doubt?

Ighalo has been selected as an overage Nigeria player going to Brazil for the Rio Olympic Games, however after being persuaded to take part this could be blocked by Watford.

Italian Raid? Lazio & Inter Milan Players Linked

Lazio's Etrit Berisha and Inter Milan's Juan Jesus are both attracting reported interest from Watford.

A New Deal For Deeney Amid Leicester Interest?

With plenty of speculation surrounding Leicester City's interest in Troy Deeney and reported multiple bids being turned down by Watford - it's now being said the club have...

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Editor email
Profile
KDCallanan
no email
Profile
chrisgwfc
no email
Profile
Colin Cowan
no email
Profile
Alex Moore
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes12%
Cathcart0%
Prodl0%
Britos1%
Ake2%
Abdi23%
Guedioura0%
Watson1%
Jurado1%
Ighalo2%
Deeney55%
Sub - Paredes1%
Sub - Suarez1%
Sub - Amrabat1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Watford Results (view all)