Match Preview: Watford vs Hull City
Watford face Hull City in the Premier League today at Vicarage Road, with the Hornets looking to build on two good results on the road.
Walter Mazzarri's men have picked up four points from their two away games against Middlesbrough and Swansea recently and the Hornets will surely want to take all three points against Mike Phelan's Hull in front of the Vicarage Road faithful.
Those two results mean that Watford occupy ninth place in the table, while Hull's early form has petered out and they currently sit in the relegation zone in the Premier League.
You have to look back to the 2012/13 season to view the last time these two sides met. Hull City ran out 2-1 winners at Vicarage Road in December 2012 thanks to goals from David Meyler and Robbie Brady, while a Troy Deeney strike sealed a 1-0 win for the Hornets in the return fixture at the KCOM Stadium in April 2013.
Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant manager, Mike Phelan is the man at the helm at the KCOM Stadium and he has got a rather tough job on his hands.
The Tigers' summer was a debacle at times, with manager Steve Bruce quitting, with Hull having suffered a series of injuries and the owners reluctant to give him the money to spend on players.
Hull finally did some business towards the end of the transfer window, bringing in Ryan Mason, Dieumerci Mbokani, David Marshall, Markus Henrikson and Will Keane among others.
Takeover rumours continue to rumble on at the KCOM Stadium and despite picking up two excellent wins against Leicester and Swansea in their first two games, Hull's form has dipped since then, with the club losing each of their last six fixtures in the top-flight.
While every game in the Premier League is tough, today's match is one Watford really need to be winning.
If the Hornets want to be challenging for a top 10 finish at the end of the season, they need to be picking up points against teams in and around and below them in the table. With this match also taking place at Vicarage Road, it also adds to the importance of getting all three points. Anything other than a win today will be a disappointment in my opinion.
If the Hornets can maintain the solidity that they have displayed in defence in recent weeks and work on creating more going forward, then I see no reason as to why the Golden Boys can't take all three points today.
For Watford, the Hornets will be boosted by the return of Daryl Janmaat who has recovered from a shoulder injury which has kept him out for the past month. Stefano Okaka is almost back to full fitness, but today's game is expected to come too early for him. Craig Cathcart, Isaac Success and Kenedy are all out.
For Hull City, the Tigers are without star-man Robert Snodgrass who is out for four weeks with an ankle problem. Andrew Robertson and Moses Odubajo are also on the side-lines, while Adama Diomande will miss the game through suspension.
Predicted Team Line-ups
Watford - Gomes (GK), Kaboul, Prodl, Britos, Janmaat, Behrami, Capoue, Pereyra, Holebas, Deeney ©, Ighalo.
Hull - Marshall (GK), Elmohamady, Dawson ©, Davies, Clucas, Huddlestone, Meyler, Livermore, Mason, Maloney, Hernandez.
Referee - Jonathan Moss.