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    Watford v Norwich: Match Preview

    By Alex Easley
    Quique Sanchez Flores is hoping to avenge last season's two 3-0 defeats to Norwich when the clubs meet on Saturday.
    Watford will be looking to avenge two defeats to Norwich last season in the Championship when the two teams meet on Saturday at Vicarage Road.

    The visitors won both encounters 3-0 in the 2014/15 campaign, with three of the six goals scored by Lewis Grabban.

    Watford though have enjoyed a better start to life in the top division and moved up to 11th in the league table after their 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend.

    In Nigerian Odion Ighalo they have one of the in-form strikers in the Premier League, while captain Troy Deeney has also started to find some form with four goals in his last five games.

    Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores says his side will respect the opposition after last season’s defeats: "We know about the history last year for Norwich against Watford: they won at home, they won away.

    "They have a very good team and they played very well in the Championship last year, so we respect a lot this team.”

    Grabban scored last weekend for Norwich too, as they came from behind to draw with Arsenal at Carrow Road.
    Lewis Grabban (left) celebrates his goal against Arsenal last weekend, also scored three goals against Watford last season,
    However, they have really struggled away from home this season, failing to win any of their six last away matches and conceding a whopping 16 goals.

    Norwich manager Alex Neil says the points tally doesn’t truly represent his team’s performances: "The performances haven't been reflected in the points that we have got, but ultimately it is about us making sure that we get those points, and Saturday is a great opportunity for us to do that...

    "We know the threat that Watford pose, and we will make sure we are set up to combat that, but also to have a threat going the other way.

    "In recent weeks, we have been gradually improving. On Sunday [against Arsenal], we put a really good performance in."


    Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will be given the chance to prove his fitness for Watford after sustaining a neck injury during last weekend's win over Aston Villa.

    Quique Sanchez Flores is hopeful his No 1 goalkeeper will be fit to face the Canaries but Sebastian Prodl and Joel Ekstrand are both still unavailable.
    Heurelho Gomes could be fit to feature in goal for Watford this weekend.
    Norwich expect to have midfielder Alex Tettey available after a groin problem and manager Alex Neil has reported no fresh injury worries following last weekend's draw with the Gunners.

    Captain Russell Martin could come back into the fold having been an unused substitute against the Gunners, but winger Matt Jarvis, on loan from West Ham, remains sidelined with a knee injury.



    This is the first Premier League meeting between these two sides, who were both promoted last season.

    The last top-flight encounter ended 0-0 at Carrow Road in February 1988.

    Norwich City have scored in 22 successive league meetings with Watford.


    Watford have earned just eight of their 19 points this season at home.

    They have already matched the total of five wins they had in their last Premier League campaign in 2006-07, and are one away from matching their tally of six in 1999-00.

    Thirteen of the 16 league goals conceded by Watford have come in the second half - it's the highest percentage (81%) in the top flight.

    Troy Deeney has scored four times in his last five Premier League games, including each of the last three. No Watford player has ever scored in four successive Premier League games.


    Norwich have won just one of their last nine Premier League matches (D3, L5).

    The Canaries have only kept one clean sheet in their 14 league games this season, a joint-low tally in the Premier League with Bournemouth.

    Norwich striker Lewis Grabban has not ended on the losing side in any of the last 24 games that he's scored in (W19, D5). The last time he lost a game he scored in was back in October 2013.

    K.O. 3PM 05/12/2015
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