Setting the Scene
Wanderers travel to Vicarage Road this weekend to take on a Watford side who are riding high in the Championship table, just a point off an automatic promotion place.
Gianfranco Zola’s side slipped to defeat on Tuesday night away at Bristol City, and that 2-0 loss was the first time in 14 Championship fixtures that the Hornets have failed to find the net.
Despite drawing a blank at Ashton Gate, the Hornets are the division’s highest scorers and have hit a total of 56 goals so far this season.
Over the summer, the Hertfordshire club were taken over by the Pozzo family. The new owners wasted little time in appointing Zola as manager and provided plenty of support by facilitating loan moves for no fewer than 12 players from either Serie A side Udinese or Spanish outfit Granada, with the Italians also owning the two European sides.
One of the men borrowed from Udinese, Matej Vydra, has been a huge success and has bagged 18 goals from 16 league starts. The Czech has forged an impressive partnership with fellow frontman Troy Deeney, who himself has a goal tally of 12.
One To Watch - Matej Vydra
The Czech Republic international striker arrived in the summer on a season-long loan and has hit the ground running.
The forward began making a name for himself at his native Banik Ostrava and his performances earned him a move to Serie A with Udinese in the summer of 2010. He gained further experience on loan at Belgian side Club Brugge before joining Gianfranco Zola’s Vicarage Road revolution.
Vydra immediately endeared himself to the Watford faithful with a last-minute winner against Crystal Palace on the opening day of the Championship season and the 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength, scoring ten in his last seven league matches.
Keith Andrews is still struggling with an Achilles problem and is a major doubt ahead of the trip to Hertfordshire.
Mark Davies and Matt Mills both continue to step up their recovery from respective shoulder and thigh complaints, but will not feature this weekend.
David Wheater continues to train with the first team following a long absence with a knee injury, but Saturday’s game comes too soon for the defender.
New signings Craig Davies and Craig Dawson are both available and could make their Wanderers debuts.
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Man In The Middle - James Adcock
James Adcock will take charge of the weekend’s game. The referee from Nottinghamshire has officiated a total of 22 matches this season, showing 52 yellow cards and two red. His most recent Championship fixture was Leicester against Barnsley in December.
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