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Watford Preview in Association with EZE Group

Gary Rowett takes his team to Watford today as he looks to derail another promotion bid while Watford know a win could put them back to top of the table.


The Hornets come into this game third in the table and looking to put distance between themselves and Norwich City who lost last night in the race for the promotion places. Jokanovic’s men are unbeaten in April with three wins and a draw – but their last defeat was at home to Ipswich on March 21.

Fernando Forestieri is out with a knee injury and Matthew Connolly is doubtful but the Hornets do have two of the top scorers in the division in Odion Ighalo and Birmingham City fan Troy Deeney.


There is at least one guaranteed change as Diego Fabbrini cannot play against his parent club with Rowett likely to either bring in Andy Shinnie in a straight swap; David Davis into midfield and put Robert Tesche into the “number 10” role or even Wes Thomas and go two up front. Lloyd Dyer is also ineligible opening up a second place in the squad – with Reece Brown and Koby Arthur potentials to come into the matchday 18.


I hate betting against Blues but in this case I’m going to after narrowly missing out with Jonathan Grounds on Tuesday. Troy Deeney ALWAYS scores past us so I’m going to have him at 4/1 as first goalscorer with BetVictor.

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13 Responses to “Watford Preview in Association with EZE Group”

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Going 4-4-2 would be the biggest shock of the season. I can’t see there being much in the way of changes to be honest. Possibly Davis in for Gleeson or Tesche and Shinnie in for Fabbrini and that’s about it. I’ll go for 2-2.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Same here staffs… Nearly in Watford and just finding a boozer and its a lovely day… Derby after rowett if mclaren goes to Newcastle ..? Quite worrying that to be honest! Kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Rowett may make some changes and try a few things in the last 3 games, but for this one, I think if he hopes to get anything out of it, he’ll play his strongest possible side. It makes sense.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Whether Rowett buggers off to Derby will depend on his loyalty to the club… and we all know how much of that there is in the game these days. If he did go, I wouldn’t be upset, as much as disappointed that, like Hughton, he didn’t stick around to finish the job. I’d still be surprised to see him go though.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    As expected, Shinnie the only change.

  • Dave Mann says:

    As predicted and 1-0! To Watford ..poor game and not embarrassed but must do better … Cotterill again rubbish along with gray .. Not much else to say but they did score a quality goal … Bye!!! Kro

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Given that have got at nine positions to replace I’m really not overly concerned if Gary goes. I don’t want him to but whilst he has proven he can rejuvenate a team (and that is what Derby probably needs) his track record this far in team building is unproven.

  • Tony says:

    Derby wont go for Rowett in my opinion, hes far too inexperienced for a side looking to get promoted.he is really unproven.
    He has done well with us but it was a win win situation for him, if we had gone down people would say it was expected whereas he has got us safe and some people are hailing him a miracle worker.
    Truth is virtually anyone and everyone would have been an improvement on Lee Clark. and whilst Rowett has done a great job he is still unproven.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I agree. I think Derby’s owners will want Premier League football, if not this season, then asap. As well as he’s done here so far, Rowett has achieved nothing so far to prove that he could get a team promoted to the prem. I think he’d do better to stay put for at least another year, build up his reputation… then see what the future brings.

  • Shirley Blue says:

    If he is being considered for the Derby job it’s a complement to him and the fact he has turned a low quality, relegation bound squad into an effective mid-table unit with a way of playing that suits them. We are very hard to beat at home now though the away form is becoming a bit of a concern. He has got a very tough summer coming up with a lot of deadwood to get rid of who havnt really contributed much of anything this season.

  • Dave Mann says:

    It’s turned round big time with our home and away form from last season .. Can’t win away this year yet were not loosing at home .. Very srange .. And if hasslebaink can get Burton promoted then they must have had a good side for league two anyway so is jimmy a lucky manager or is Gary a fortunate manager? .. It’s over to you !! Kro

  • Tony says:

    Dave I think he is a good manager, possibly a premiership manager for the future, but not quite yet.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    As yet unproven with better players although I have no doubts myself and certainly unproven he can spend wedges wisely. Let’s hop he gets the chance

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