Watford will be hosting Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road in their Premier League fixture on the weekend. The Hornets are coming into the match with their last win against Newcastle United on the 25th of November. They suffered a heartbreaking loss to Crystal Palace on Tuesday even after scoring within 3 minutes of the game. The Eagles fought their way back into the match with an 89th-minute equalizer from Bakary Sakho. The momentum was in their hands as they got the winner in added time.
Watford have been impressive this season settling themselves in the top half of the table early on. However, failing to register a win in their last 4 games has opened up a 4 point gap behind Leicester City in the 9th spot and tied up to Everton. A triumph is necessary for Marco Silva’s men to strengthen their position in the top half of the table.
Huddersfield Town fell to the attacking prowess of Chelsea in their midweek fixture with a 1-3 loss at the Kirklees Stadium. Just 4 points above the relegation spots, they will not look to come away with a desirable result before Southampton on the 23rd.
Left to face Brighton & Hove, Leicester City and Swansea City before the New Year, the Hornets can aim for a winning run of games and move further up the points table towards a European qualification spot.
Silva has mostly implemented a back 3 in most of the games this season and is expected to continue doing so. The predicted lineup for this fixture is 3-4-2-1
First choice keeper, Huerlho Gomes is expected to start for this fixture in between the sticks.
Miguel Britos is still nursing an injury and might not be fit to feature in this fixture. Even after consecutive appearances Sebastian Prödl, Christian Kabasele and Adrian Mariappa might not get a breather. They can look to continue their regular appearance and take up the back 3 positions.
Tom Cleverly is facing suspension after picking up a red card against Palace on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Will Hughes alongside Abdoulaye Doucouré in the defensive midfield position.
Jose Holebas is expected start again in this match with Marvin Zeegelaar currently serving a suspension after his red card against Burnley. He is expected to take up the left flank with Daryl Janmaat on the other side. The Dutchman scored the early lead for the Hornets in the last match.
Richarlison picked up muscle problems in the last match against Palace and is doubtful to start in this match. Roberto Pereyra is expected to start with Andre Carillo behind the striker.