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    Middlesbrough v Watford Preview: Grant Leadbitter still side-lined for Boro

    By Alex Easley
    Isaac Success is set to feature for Watford on Sunday after scoring his first goal for the club last time out.
    Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter remains side-lined as Aitor Karanka’s team host Watford at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old is currently working his way back to full match fitness following hernia surgery, but is not quite ready to return to action yet.

    Boro head coach Karanka said: "We've had an international break but in our last game at West Ham we played with the right organisation and attitude.

    "We have to go to the pitch on Sunday with the same attitude and hopefully we can win our first game at home this season."

    Meanwhile, Isaac Success, who scored his first Watford goal in the 2-2 against Bournemouth before the international break, is set to feature.

    Hornets manager Walter Mazzarri has also been boosted by news of defender Miguel Britos’ recovery from a groin injury as his side look to get back to winning ways this weekend.

    The Italian head coach spoke on Troy Deeney’s England prospects: "Deeney has to show and to prove in the next games that he can be called up to the national team.

    "When I speak with Troy, I always tell him that he just needs to show it with Watford in order to be called up for the national team.

    "He's got everything that a good forward needs. He's got physical and technical ability. It's just a matter of him proving it with Watford."


    Karanka has seen all his international players return unscathed as he plots Premier League victory over Watford.

    He will run the rule over the men who did duty with their countries during the break, paying particular attention to Uruguay duo Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani following their lengthy journeys, but he has reported no fresh injury concerns.

    Younes Kaboul could continue in central defence as Craig Cathcart remains out with a groin injury, while midfielder Valon Behrami is a minor doubt with an undisclosed knock and Daryl Janmaat is still out.
    Daryl Janmaat remains out for Watford with a shoulder injury.


    Middlesbrough are without a win in their last five league games against Watford, drawing two and losing three.

    The two sides have not met in the Premier League since 2007 when Boro ran out 4-1 victors - the biggest winning margin by either side in their 36 meetings.


    Middlesbrough have won only one of their last 13 Premier League matches, drawing five and losing seven, and keeping just two clean sheets.

    Boro's tally of six points is their second lowest after seven games of a Premier League season. They had five points at the same stage in 2006-07.

    They have lost an unrivalled seven points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.


    Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games, conceding 26 goals in the process.

    They have let in a league-high six headed goals in the top-flight this season - 46% of their total goals conceded.
    Watford have never won - or scored - in a Premier League away match played on a Sunday (D1, L3).

    Troy Deeney is currently on 99 goals in all competitions for Watford. If he scores he will become only the fifth player in the club's history to reach a century.

    Deeney has scored six times against Middlesbrough for Watford - only against Leeds United has he scored as many for the Hornets.

    K.O. 1:30PM (UK) 16/10/2016 VENUE RIVERSIDE STADIUM
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