FA Cup quarter-final draw announced

The draw for the Quarterfinal stage of the FA Cup was announced on Sunday, according to the BBC. There were ten teams in the pot, including six winners from the fifth round of the competition and four teams who are yet to confirm their place in the quarter-finals. Manchester United will play League One club Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday while Arsenal will travel to Hull City for the replay of the fifth round tie. The draw threw some exciting clashes, with Chelsea’s trip to Everton being the pick of the…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Top 10 market value increases in the Premier League after January window

The winter transfer window has been over for some time now. Not many big names changed teams during January, but considering the Premier League has crossed beyond the halfway point of the season, players’ market values have been given a serious update. Not many football websites keep up with it like Transfermarkt does, so we’re using their adjustments to look at the 10 biggest market value increases in the Premier League. Arsenal’s playmaker Mesut Ozil leads the way with an upgrade of £7.50 million, going from £30 million to now being valued…

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Crystal Palace vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

After ending their five-match losing streak in the Premier League with a draw last time out, Crystal Palace will be after their first win since December 22 as they welcome Watford to Selhurst Park. The first half of their game at Swansea City clearly suggested that the Eagles are lacking a little in confidence as a result of their dip in form, which has coincided with a couple of injuries to key players. They were a touch fortunate to be just the one goal behind as several near misses were…

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Price per goal revealed for every Premier League team

The Premier League and its ticket prices, it’s been a hot topic recently, with Liverpool fans protesting a 30 per cent rise and eventually getting the Reds’ management to reverse the decision. Now, Eurosport has revealed the ticket price per goal for all 20 Premier League clubs. Like in the standings, Leicester City lead the way, with fans of the Foxes having effectively paid only £7.76 for every goal they have witnessed. There have been 34 goals scored at the King Power Stadium in a dozen matches so far, 21 by Leicester. West…

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Five Premier League footballers who served prison time

Not all footballers have lived their lives as examples. Some of them have been on the wrong side of the law and served their time for it. We take a look at the list of five Premier League footballers who served prison time in the midst of their careers. 5. Tony Adams He is the most illustrious name in this list. The former Arsenal captain suffered from alcoholism during the earlier stages of his career. In December 1990, he received a four-month jail sentence for drunk driving. He was allegedly four…

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Tottenham vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be intent on continuing their rise into title contention as they attempt to secure the league double over a Watford side that is unbeaten in three games in all competitions. At present, the hosts are winning with eyecatching authority and that was no more in evidence than in their comprehensive win over lowly Norwich City in midweek, where an early goal rewarded a purposeful start and from then on they did not look back. Any possible doubts over the absence of defender Jan Vertonghen were soon extinguished as at…

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Swansea vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be desperately seeking to end their run of five consecutive Premier League defeats as they head to Swansea City, for whom Francesco Guidolin takes charge of his first home game. The former Udinese boss was just moments away from making it two wins from two since assuming the reins at the Welsh club, but a failure to deal with a last-gasp corner and the ensuing goalmouth melee meant that they had to settle for a point at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. Even so, the signs are…

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Watford star calls out team-mate for being “an idiot” and “pathetic”

Troy Deeney has branded his Watford team-mate Juan Carlos Paredes “an idiot” for trying to get Diego Costa sent off. The Ecuador defender was pushed by the Chelsea striker in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. And he reacted by going down holding his face in an obvious attempt to get his opponent red-carded. In the end both players were booked but Hornets’ star Troy Deeney made it clear he wasn’t impressed with his team-mate’s behaviour. “I just thought it was a bit pathetic. If you roll around like an idiot that…

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What would happen to the Premier League table if only goals from English players counted?

It’s a hypothetical question that will never become a reality, but still it’s fun to know. What would happen to the Premier League table if only goals from English players counted? For starters, Tottenham would jump to the lead, collecting an impressive 52 points, seven more than they have now, sitting in third place. The Spurs would also have conceded just two goals in 24 matches, not losing once. Leicester City would drop from first to second place, as they would lose three points (50 tot 47). Still, the Foxes…

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Watford vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence with victory away to Watford, who have returned to winning ways themselves after their recent dip in form. Many questions were asked of the home side when they suffered four successive defeats around the turn of the year, but their display in secureing victory over Newcastle United was much more akin to those which have given them such success this term. For the umpteenth time it was Odion Ighalo who provided the inspiration, showing off his natural finishing ability to punish poor…

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Newcastle were biggest spenders during the winter transfer window

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Newcastle were the biggest spenders during the winter transfer window, with all Premier League clubs spending a total of £186.4 million in January, according to The Daily Mail. The Magpies brought Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet to St. James’ Park, spending a total of £28.5m on those three players, while also landing Seydou Doumbia on loan from Italian giants AS Roma. Two other clubs topped the £20m spending limit and that were Watford and Norwich, with both spending £26.1m. The Hornets bought Abdoulaye Doucoure from Rennes for £8m and Adalberto Penaranda for…

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Premier League clubs going down an Italian route

Premier League clubs are seemingly going down an Italian route in the last week of the transfer window. To start with, Swansea have signed Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi for a reported fee of £8 million, according to Sky Sports. The deal, which is subject to a medical, will provide a boost to the Swans in their relegation battle during the second half of the season. Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin, who has previously worked with the 26-year-old at Parma, confirmed the deal, saying: “Alberto Paloschi was my player when we…

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Top 15 highest rated Under-21 Premier League players

The winter transfer market is nearing its close. Some Premier League teams made a couple of moves, while others seem to be happy with their current squad. Making transfers is not always about the present time, in some cases it’s about a team’s future. Therefore, we’ll be looking at the 15 highest rated Under-21 footballers currently playing in the Premier League. Note: it’s never easy to put an accurate market value on a player, but Transfermarkt does a pretty good job at it. On top, we find Anthony Martial. The French…

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Watford vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be intent on ending their run of four consecutive defeats with a win at home to struggling Newcastle United, who ended their own winless streak last time out. Quique Flores has entered his first difficult period as Watford boss in recent weeks, where the only success has come against Saturday’s opponents in the FA Cup third round. They have the ability and the character to return to form, but until they do there will be a little concern about the potential for a slide down the Premier League table, particularly if…

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Swansea vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides determined to pick up their first league points of 2016 meet on Monday evening as relegation threatened Swansea City come up against Watford at the Liberty Stadium. The reverse fixture between the teams back in September was the beginning of Swansea’s amazing fall from grace, which came suddenly and unexpectedly, and is still continuing now. Their Premier League status is now in serious peril, especially after a home defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland last time out where they initially showed character to turn an early deficit into a…

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Numbers say Idion Ighalo is the Premier League’s most important striker

Watford have found a golden striker with Idion Ighalo. The numbers prove he’s the Premier League’s most important gunner this season. Ighalo has not been the most prolific striker this Premier League campaign. He’s hit the net 14 times this season, therefore trailing Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy by one goal in the topscorer’s table. But the 26-year-old Nigerian has the best goal ratio of any striker in the Premier League. By far… Ighalo has scored 56 per cent of all Watford’s goals. The aforementioned Lukaku and Vardy come in…

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Southampton vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton and Watford will both be looking to avoid suffering a third Premier League defeat in a row when they meet at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday evening. There has been a considerable amount of negative press surrounding Southampton since they lost at Norwich City on January 2, after which manager Ronald Koeman did not hold back in publically criticising some prominent members of his out-of-form squad. Victor Wanyama was the primary victim of the Dutchman’s wrath due to his brainless dismissal for a second bookable offense, while Sadio…

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WAG of Watford boss looks stunning

It seems Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores hasn’t only made quite an impact on the pitch. The Spanish boss is currently having as much success off the pitch, The Daily Mirror has found out. Flores has been dating Hungarian model Orsi Fehér for the last six years. And one look at the 34 year-old’s Instagram account suggests the Watford manager really is living the dream right now… @theivorystore check out my New bikinis Een foto die is geplaatst door Orsi Fehér (@orsyfeher) op 29 Mei 2015 om 5:28 PDT Already missing Lisbon…

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Watford vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to win away from home in the Premier League for the first time since September as they take on a Watford side that will be keen to push on after a fine first half of the season. Although it ended with a cruel late defeat at home to Tottenham, 2015 turned out to be one of the best calendar years in Watford’s history as they gained promotion to the top-flight and have built themselves a terrific platform not just to stay up, but to finish…

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Watford vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be looking to pick up a fifth win in their last six Premier League games as the welcome another in-form team to Vicarage Road in the shape of Champions League chasing Tottenham. The hosts come into this after claiming a hard earned 2-2 draw at Chelsea, and while it was a match where their defensive resolve was severely tested they more than matched the champions throughout and showed why they have surprised so many this season to lie in the lofty heights of seventh place. Manager Quique Flores continues…

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Chelsea vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Guus Hiddink begins his second interim period in the Chelsea hotseat with an intriguing home encounter with Watford, who are looking to make it five wins in succession. Highly successful in the role after being called in to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari in February 2009, the Dutchman returns with the Blues in much more dire straits despite their much-needed win over Sunderland last weekend. He was in the stands for that game as the team produced the kind of display that they have looked a million miles away from producing…

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Watford vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be determined to win for the first time in three Premier League outings, but face a challenge against a Watford side that is on a fine run and sit a point and two places above them in the table. Although they face a tricky run of matches over the festive period, Watford are becoming almost impossible to write off at present and were just four points off the Champions League places coming into the weekend, reaching a position where no side in the top-flight is even thinking about…

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Sunderland vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Currently sitting pretty in the top half, Watford will be aiming to collect their third consecutive victory as they take on Sunderland for the first time in a league match for over a decade. After picking up back to back themselves, Sunderland put in another strong performance last time out at Arsenal and carved out a number of chances, but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat which was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Manager Sam Allardyce was left to rue costly misses from Fabio Borini and Patrick van Aanholt…

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Watford vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Both promoted from the Championship back in May, Watford and Norwich City meet for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday, with the hosts hoping to move into the top half with a victory. After losing consecutive games, the Hornets went into their last game away to lowly Aston Villa determined to return to form, and that they managed as a result of repeatedly punishing their opponent’s defensive mistakes. The prolific front pairing of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney were both on target again, with the latter now really beginning…

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