On Good Friday Gianfranco Zola's Watford FC take on his predecessor Sean Dyche's Burnley FC at Vicarage Road in an absolutely vital fixture in the NPower Championship season. After an international break that sees England play against San Marino and Montenegro, as well as hopefully a debut for Lloyd Doyley who has recently joined up with the Reggae Boys, Zola must rejuvinate the side in order to get the vital three points that will guide Watford to the Premier League and the glories it beholds. Sean Dyche will also be desperate for a win after a disappointing run that has seen the Claret's pick up sixteen points (four wins, four draws and five defeats) out of 39 available. In the same run of games the Hornets have picked up 26 points which culminated in a poor run of games with Watford losing the last two with disappointing performances.
The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with Watford opening the scoring thanks to a Nathaniel Chalobah goal in the 11th minute. Burnley struck back later on in the first half thanks to a debatable penalty that Charlie Austin stroked home. The result saw Watford drop to 7th place whilst Burnley stayed 16th. Both teams have improved in the table with the visitors sitting in 11th place on 49 points whereas the Hornet's sit in 3rd place on 66 points, two points below second place and a point above 4th.
It hasn't been the best of seasons for Sean Dyche and Burnley with the Clarets sitting in 11th place despite having one of the top scorers in the league in Charlie Austin. As of late though his goals seem to have dried up and as a result they have struggled of late. Sean Dyche has recently called onto fans to lower their expectations claiming it has a negative effect on the players. Reading between the lines it sounds as though he is feeling a little bit of pressure. Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers with the goals from, Jason Shackell before a late equaliser from Scott Dann. The game saw Ben Mee sent off for Burnley after a late challenge on Grant Hanley warrented a second yellow card which rules him out for the next game. New signing Alexander Kacaniklic will make his first return to Vicarage Road since his short loan with the Hornet's last year. More team news to follow.
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Gianfranco Zola should hopefully have a relatively full strength side to put out against Burnley. The Hornet's have missed Almen Abdi and Nathaniel Chalobah who have both missed the past couple of games due to injury. Without these two the Hornet's haven't fired on all cylinders and have suffered thanks to it. Now that these two are back and the squad have had a rest over the international break hopefully the Hornet's will get back to winning ways.
Predicted Line Ups:
Subs: Bond, Hall, Forestieri, Geijo, Murray, Yeates, Hogg
Subs: Jensen, Long, Stanislas, Stock, Vokes, Ings, Treacey.
Score Prediction: I reckon it'll be a tough old game but we should have enough to overcome a strong Burnley side. I'm plumping for a 2-1 win to the Hornet's.
Come On You 'Orns!