Watford V Derby County Match Preview.

23/02/2013 12:24

Watford play 10th place Derby County at Vicarage Road this afternoon. Derby have drawn their last two games whilst Watford are unbeaten in their last four winning three and drawing once. If Watford win this afternoon and other results go their way, they will climb to Second position in the table. In the match earlier this season at Pride Park, Derby thrashed Watford 5-1 in what has been the Hornets worst performance of the season so far. Jamie Ward and Young Star Will Hughes will be the key players for Derby this afternoon with Ward grabbing 10 goals this season and with Hughes being the playmaker in Derby's midfielder.

Team News

For Watford, Daniel Pudil is remains sidelined through illness. Fitz Hall, Tommie Hoban and Neuton are all still out with injuries. Joel Ekstrand is fit to play after coming through the 90 minutes at Ipswich on Tuesday night. Matej Vydra and Cristian Battochio could start after being rested in mid week.

For Derby, New Loan signing Chris Martin goes straight into the sqaud after signing from Norwich City yesterday. Will Hughes is also a doubt. Jake Buxton is again available to play. Kieron Freeman, Shaun Barker, Mark O'Brien and James O'Conner are all out.

Predicted Team Lineups

Watford - Almunia (GK)(C), Doyley, Nosworthy, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Chalobah, Battochio, Abdi, Anya, Deeney, Vydra.

Derby - Legzdins (GK), Davies, Keogh (C), Buxton, Hoganson, Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Jacobs, Sammon, Ward.

Referee - Mark Haywood

West Yorkshire referee Mark Haywood will be the man in the middle today. He has refereed Watford once this season which came in the 2-1 defeat against Hull City. He has refereed 26 games this season handing out 64 yellow and two red cards. See the full appointment below

Referee - Mark Haywood

Linesman - Matt Bounassisi and Michael George

Fourth Official - Andy Davies.