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    Watford v Norwich City


    Saturday afternoon will see Vicarage Road host the clash of two promoted teams in Watford and Norwich City. The hosts will hope to make amends for their poor record against Norwich last season, where the Canaries ran out 3-0 winners on both occasions. 

    Quique Sanchez Flores will certainly be a happier manager than Alex Neil after the first third of the season. Both teams were tipped as relegation favourites, but the Hornets find themselves in 11th place, whilst Norwich are dwindling in 16th position. Watford have been hit and miss with their form recently, winning three and losing three of their last six fixtures, including a 3-2 victory at struggling Aston Villa last weekend. Norwich picked up an excellent point against Arsenal on Sunday, but have lost four of their last six matches, with just the solitary victory against Swansea City.


    Despite Watford scoring a league low of just three goals in six home fixtures, goals will be expected in North London. Nine of the last ten meetings between the teams at Vicarage Road have seen both sides score. Norwich are on a fantastic run of scoring in 22 successive league matches against Watford. However, a Norwich defence that has only kept one clean sheet in 14 league fixtures this season will have to keep a close eye on Watford strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. The pair have created 23 goalscoring opportunities between them, more than any other strike partnership in the Premier League. Deeney himself has scored in four of his last five league matches after a difficult start to the season.

    Norwich have been relying on their exciting and creative midfielders to provide much of their scoring threat so far this season. The likes of Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan, Matt Jarvis and Nathan Redmond have all been dangerous at various stages of the season. Yet they will hope that the seemingly transformed Lewis Grabban can continue to fire after netting his first goal of the season against Arsenal last weekend. Norwich have not lost in any of their last 24 matches when the striker has scored, winning 19 of them. 

    Heurelho Gomes, who conceded twice as many goals against Norwich last season than any other team, should return after missing the Aston Villa fixture with a neck injury. However, Quique Sanchez Flores will be without Joel Ekstrand, Sebastian Prodl and Valon Behrami. Norwich are still likely to be missing Alex Tettey and Matt Jarvis. 


    Key Players:
    Troy Deeney- the Watford captain will become the first player in his club's history to score in four consecutive Premier League matches if he nets on Saturday. Watch out Jamie Vardy!

    Lewis Grabban- seemingly on his way out of the club in the summer, the striker has worked hard to regain his place in the team and the statistics say it all. When Grabban scores, Norwich generally win. 

    Chris Lincoln's Prediction: Watford 1-1 Norwich City
    There is not much to choose between the two clubs, but with both sides being so inconsistent this season anything could happen.
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