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    Aston Villa v Watford: Match Preview

    By Alex Easley
    Remi Garde has called on the Aston Villa fans to roar their team to victory against Watford.
    Remi Garde will be hoping his Aston Villa side can pick up a first win under the new boss and first win in 12 league games when they host Watford at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

    Garde has only been in charge for only two of those fixtures, but the Villa players would be excused for forgetting what the winning feeling is like with their last win coming against Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.

    The Villans are currently lying at the foot of the Premier League table with five points, while visitors Watford are in 13th after four wins and four draws from their opening 13 matches.

    The Aston Villa boss has urged the home faithful to back his team and roar them on to victory: "It's a big match for us

    “Home games will become very important for us.

    "Until now the fans have been frustrated and the players, too, have been frustrated not to win at home [in the Premier League].

    "It's very important to focus now on Watford. We are working hard to prepare for this game. The supporters are very, very important. The situation where we are, somewhere we have missed confidence.

    "The players need to feel that the fans still believe that we can do it. The fans were brilliant against Man City and we expect that, despite the bad result at Everton, they will still be behind the team."
    Quique Sanchez Flores has warned his side against complacency after expectations at the club were raised from the start of the season.
    Watford will be looking to bounce back after successive league defeats to Leicester City and Manchester United respectively.

    Quique Sanchez Flores’ side are seven points clear of the relegation zone, but has warned against 
    complacency after the club’s expectations were raised following a fine start to the campaign.

    "After 13 matches I am very happy with this points total and the performances of the team. But we need to forget about it.

    "Now we have to play the second part of the league. We have created a lot of expectation for Watford.

    "I feel like what Watford are doing is very important to people. That means something is good and we are working well.

    "But it is very important to manage the expectations. It is very important to keep humble, know the league is very long and very tough."

    TEAM NEWS

    Jack Grealish has been dropped from the Aston Villa squad ahead of the home game against Watford, after he was pictured partying last weekend following Villa's 4-0 defeat at Everton.
    Jack Grealish has been dropped from the Villa squad after his off the field incident last weekend.
    Some good news for Villa is the return to fitness of Jores Okore from a knee injury and the defender could be in the squad for the first time since the FA Cup final in May. Forward Gabby Agbonlahor will be assessed.

    Watford have no new injuries but Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami remains a doubt with a knee problem.

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    Aston Villa have never lost at home to Watford in the top division (W5, D2). Villa's sole home defeat in this fixture came in the old Second Division in December 1969.

    Watford failed to score in any of the previous four Premier League meetings between the clubs, losing three games and drawing the other.

    Aston Villa

    Villa have gone 12 league games without a victory (D2, L10) and could equal the club record of 13 consecutive winless matches, set from March to September 2012.

    They could also equal the club record of eight consecutive home matches without a league win.

    No Premier League team has ever avoided relegation having accumulated five points or fewer after 13 games of a season. If Villa lose to Watford, they will equal the Premier League record for lowest points tally after 14 matches of a season.

    The Villans have only earned 72 points from 76 league games at Villa Park since December 2011, they have lost half of those matches (W17, D21).

    Remi Garde's side are the division's lowest scorers this season, with 10 goals, and have only scored twice in the last six matches.

    Villa have only registered 37 goal attempts on target, the lowest tally in the division.

    Watford

    Watford have lost successive league games for the first time in a year. They suffered four defeats in a row last November.

    Twelve of the 14 league goals they have conceded this season have been scored in the second half of matches, amounting to a league-high tally of 86%.

    The Hornets are the only team in the Premier League yet to score a headed goal.

    Troy Deeney has scored three goals in his last four games for Watford, more than he had in his previous 17 appearances for the club.


    K.O. 3PM – 28/11/2015
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