Match Preview: Watford vs Aston Villa.
Photo - Zimbio
Watford face the Premier League's bottom club Aston Villa today at Vicarage Road, with the Hornets looking to get back to winning ways, following two disappointing recent results.
The Hornets succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham in the Premier League on the 20th April and were defeated by Crystal Palace last Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
In truth, the Hornets were second best against the Eagles for large parts and they struggled to handle the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham all game. Quique Sanchez Flores' men also struggled to create many clear cut chances, in what was a poor performance from Watford on the day.
As a result, today's game against Aston Villa marks a perfect opportunity for the Hornets to get back to winning ways. They couldn't ask for better opposition.
In Aston Villa, Watford face a team which has already been relegated to the Championship, following a dismal season that has seen them only win three times. They have lost ten in a row and have had as many wins as managers this term, with Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde being sacked and Eric Black currently in caretaker charge until the end of the season.
In the fixture between the two sides earlier this season, it was Watford who ran out 3-2 winners. The Hornets took an early lead through Odion Ighalo, but Micah Richards equalised just before half time. An Alan Hutton own goal and a Troy Deeney header put the Hornets 3-1 in the second half, before Jordan Ayew pulled one back as the clock hit the 90-minute mark.
The key player for Villa today will be striker Jordan Ayew. Ayew, the brother of Swansea wide-man, Andre, joined the Villains from Lorient in the summer and has been a rare shining light for the Midlands club, notching 6 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions this season.
The 24-year-old has proven that he is more than capable of scoring in the Premier League and his performances have not gone unnoticed, with the Ghana international being linked with a move to Bournemouth and West Ham recently.
So, today marks a perfect opportunity for Watford to get back to winning ways, but they will need to perform a lot better than they did last week. With rumours circulating about the future of Quique Sanchez Flores, it's so important that we get behind the Spaniard and the players later this afternoon, in order to roar them on to victory.
It's vital that we don't simply let this season just fizzle out, as we know how important it is to go into next season with momentum. You only have to look at Leicester as a prime example of how a team can build on finishing the previous season so strongly.
So, let's get right behind the team today and roar them on to victory.
For Watford, Quique Sanchez Flores will be without Etienne Capoue after he was stretched off in the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace last week. The Frenchman looks set to miss the rest of the season. Obbi Oulare also looks set to miss out as well. Nordin Amrabat returns after serving a one match ban.
For Aston Villa, Ciaran Clark is fit and he look set to replace Micah Richards who is nursing an injury. Gabby Agbonlahor is unlikely to be involved, whilst Kieran Richardson also looks set to miss out.
Predicted team line-ups
Watford - Gomes (GK), Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake, Guedioura, Watson, Suarez, Jurado, Deeney ©, Ighalo.
Aston Villa - Guzan (GK), Hutton, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho, Westwood, Gueye, Sanchez, Grealish, Ayew, Sinclair.
Referee - Anthony Taylor.