Fulham vs Watford Match Preview.

05/12/2014 17:20

 

Watford travel to Craven Cottage tonight to face Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship in front of the Sky Sports cameras, as the Hornets look to end a rotten run of form which has seen them lose their last four games.

 

Watford come into the game sitting in 7th position in the table after four straight defeats, however a win tonight against Fulham would see them return to the play off positions. In contrast, Fulham have experienced an upturn in fortunes under new manager Kit Symons and sit in 16th position, having only lost two of their last ten games in the League.

 

The match tonight will be the first time that the two sides have played against each other since New Years Day 2007, where both Watford and Fulham played out a goalless draw at Craven Cottage in the Premier League.

 

Fulham started the season poorly under Felix Magath after their relegation from the Premier League and sat at the bottom of the table. Magath was sacked in September 2014 and Kit Symons was placed in temporary charge. However, under Symons stewardship, The Cottagers improved and Symons was given the managerial position on a permanent basis on the 29th October.

 

The Cottagers managed to keep hold of some key players on their relegation to the Championship. Former England International Scott Parker, Hugo Rodallega, Bryan Ruiz remained at the club and they signed Leeds striker Ross McCormack for an Undisclosed fee, believed to be £11 Million Pounds. Striker Hugo Rodallega has been in impressive form for the Cottagers in recent weeks but Scott Parker and Ross McCormack will be the key players for Fulham tonight. Parker is a figurehead in the Lilywhites midfield, breaking up play and then driving the London club forward when attacking.

 

McCormack is well known to fans in the Championship, having finished top scorer in the division last year. A set piece specialist, the Scotsman’s partnership with Hugo Rodallega has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks, so the Hornets defence will have to keep a watchful eye on the Cottagers front two this evening.

 

Fulham have been in good form in recent weeks so they cannot be underestimated. With pressure mounting on Hornets boss Slavisa Jokanovic, a win would be just the tonic for the Golden Boys as they aim to be in the Promotion mix.

 

Team News.

 

For Fulham, Dan Burn and Sean Kavanagh return to the Cottagers squad for the match this evening. Burn returns from suspension whilst Kavanagh has recovered from a thigh injury.

 

For Watford, Jonathan Bond is a doubt for the Hornets and will undergo a late fitness test. The Golden Boys have no new injury concerns.

 

Predicted Teams

 

Fulham – Bettinelli (GK), Grimmer, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis, Fofana, Parker ©, Christensen, Ruiz, Rodallega, McCormack.

Watford – Gomes (GK),  Angella, Ekstrand, Bassong, Anya, Abdi, Tozer, Munari, Pudil, Deeney ©, Vydra.

 

Referee – Paul Tierney.