FOLLOWING THE disappointment of the 2-0 defeat at Coventry City, Watford take on fellow play-off chasers, Hull City.
Under Nigel Pearson the Tiger’s progress has been steady if unspectacular. A slow start to the season has been boosted by the January signings of strikers Matty Fryatt and Aaron McLean.
Adrian Mariappa on the Hornet’s young back four
‘We had a very young back four on Saturday but they are all very willing and eager to learn, so it was interesting to hear their point of view as well. They thought they could improve and I think it’s really good for young lads to be standing up and taking responsibility like that.
‘They are going through a learning process and are continuing to show they are willing to learn which is great – hopefully they’ll have long careers in front of them as a result.’
Source: The Official Site
Watford Team News:
Adrian Mariappa should return to the starting 11 following suspension, Dale Bennett would be the man to drop down to the bench.
Lloyd Doyley may miss out again following a series of niggly injuries whilst Stephen McGinn is out.
Likely Line-up: Loach; Thompson, Mariappa, Taylor, Hodson; Eustace; Cowie, Jenkins, Buckley; Weimann and Graham.
Player to watch: Ross Jenkins
It’s obvious to say Danny Graham, but Ross Jenkins has quietly returned to the side and put in a series of impressive if not immediately eye-catching displays in the heart of the midfield.
Hull City Team News:
Nicky Barmby (calf) and Vite Mannone (thigh) are both out meaning Brad Guzan starts in goal.
Right-back Leroy Rosenior is fit again for selection following injury whilst Tom Cairney is back from illness.
Line-up Vs. Millwall: Guzan; Gerrard, Hobbs, Chester, Dawson; Koren, Harper, Evans, Devitt; Fryatt and McLean
Player to watch: Matty Fryatt
After an impressive return to the Championship last season, firing Leicester City to the play-offs, Fryatt found himself out of favour at the Walkers this season.
A seven-figure fee saw the former Walsall trainee re-united with his Foxes gaffer, Nigel Pearson. Goals have followed.
Match Facts & Stats
Watford Home Form: Lost Vs. Bristol City, Won Vs. Millwall and Won Vs. Sheffield United.
Head2Head Form: Hull 3-0 Watford, Watford 0-2 Hull, Hull 4-1 Watford (07/08) and Hull 0-0 Watford (10/11)
Hull Away Form: Won @ Derby, Won @ Forest and Won @ Coventry
Referee: Mr D PHILLIPS
Assistants: Mr B Holderness & I Rathbone
Fourth Official: Mr R Kendall
Hull are on impressive form on the road and close to us in the league. This should be a very good game and a tight one too, a 2-1 or 1-0 win for someone. I think whoever keeps the other’s dangerman (Graham/Fryatt) quiet, will win.
Watford: 11/8 (bet365)
raw: 23/10 (Victor Chandler)
ull: 12/5 (SKYBET)