Eidur Gudjohnsen relishing Slavisa Jokanovic reunion

Icelandic striker previews weekend clash with former team-mate’s Watford

Eidur Gudjohnsen is relishing the prospect of getting one over on his former team-mate Slavisa Jokanovic as Bolton Wanderers host Watford at Macron Stadium on Saturday.

The duo played together at Chelsea in the early noughties, and were both involved in their 2002 FA Cup campaign when the Blues reached the final only to lose 2-0 against Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium.

Now on opposing sides, Gudjohnsen acknowledged the job his former team-mate is doing in the Vicarage Road hotseat with the Hornets currently battling for promotion.

“We played together for one or two seasons at Chelsea,” said the 36-year-old. “You could see he was a thinker. He was one of those who had great vision and was always very relaxed on the ball. 

“He didn’t have great pace but he was always one step ahead with how he saw the game. I suppose that is the way he is as a manager as well. 

The Icelander continued: “Watford are a very balanced team and have been very strong in recent weeks. They have been on a great run. 

“They are a team full of confidence who are scoring a lot of goals. It’ll be a tough game for us.”

With three goals from his last three appearances at Macron Stadium, Gudjohnsen is also keen to carry on that trend on Saturday as the Whites look to maintain their unbeaten home record under Neil Lennon.

“I’m enjoying my time back here very much,” said Gudjohnsen. “I said early on it was a bit of a romantic move coming back. It was like coming home. 

“It was very exciting but after a few weeks that wears off and it becomes about how you perform and what you show on the pitch that matters in the end. 

“I am glad that I have contributed in my short spell so far since returning to the club. I hope that I can carry on to do so, scoring and creating as many goals as possible.”

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