Premier League players heading for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Football tournament, which will begin on 4 August, the 16 competing countries have now announced their squads, which include a number of players based in the English Premier League. Whilst Arsenal could potentially be represented at the Olympics by two players, one player from each of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham may feature in Rio. The only country whose squad contains more than one English Premier League player is Portugal’s, with their manager Rui Jorge naming Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira and Liverpool…

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Premier League Season Review – Watford

Watford: 13th FA Cup: Semi-finals Capital One Cup: Round Two At the beginning of each Premier League season each English football pundit, journalist or columnist makes a prediction on which three sides will be relegated, and this time around one would have needed to go a long way in order to find a forecast that did not include Watford as one of those three clubs. There are few things more satisfying in professional sport than proving people wrong, and under the astute guidance of manager Quique Flores, they set about doing…

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Norwich vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City are fighting to keep their increasingly bleak chance of Premier League survival alive, and they know that even a win at home to Watford on Wednesday evening might not be enough to save them. The current scenario sees the Canaries four points behind 17th-placed Sunderland with just two games remaining, which means that they must win both to have any hope of making an unlikely escape. Sam Allardyce’s side are in action at the same time against Everton, and if they pick up three points they will be…

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Manchester United to compete with Arsenal for Premier League striker

Manchester United and Arsenal are set to battle it out for the signing of Watford striker Odion Ighalo. According to a report in Daily Star, the Hornets are willing to cash on their striker and will listen to the offers in summer. The 26-year-old has scored 14 goals in his debut season in the Premier League and has prompted interested from a number of clubs across Europe. Atletico Madrid have been linked with the Nigeria international previously and West Ham are also said to be interested in him. Watford sports consultant Nicola…

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West Ham are chasing three Premier League stars

West Ham have endured a stellar season according to their standards. The Hammers are fighting Manchester United for fifth place in the Premier League, the last European place in the English top flight. No doubt the club want to repeat their perfomance next season and therefore they are looking to strengthen their squad. According to The Sun (via Daily Star), Watford’s Odion Ighalo is on West Ham’s radar as the Hammers line up a move for a new striker in the summer transfer window.  The 26-year-old Nigerian has scored 15…

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Watford vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the next target for Watford is to reach 40 points in the Premier League, and victory over Stoke City on Saturday would see them achieve that. Although the increasing tightness of the mid-table battle has seen them drop to 14th, it has been a magnificent season for Watford whatever happens between now and May, with the club having been tipped by many for relegation at the outset. Under the astute leadership of Quique Flores they have exceeded all expectations and went even further in doing…

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Top five players with most Man of the Match awards this Premier League season

We have seen some superb individual performances this season. But who leads the chart with the most number of Man of the Match performances? We take a look at top five Premier League players with most MOTM awards this season. This list has been compiled based on the data from WhoScored. 5. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Robbie Brady (Norwich City); Huerelho Gomes (Watford) – 4 Six players share the fifth spot with four MOTM appearances each. Payet has been a revelation…

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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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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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This stat proves some Premier League star goal scorers are not ‘complete strikers’

If a football player wants to be called a star striker, he has to be able to score at any time, anywhere and against any opposition. One way to test this is how many goals a forward has scored at home and away. Some Premier League top scorers can be branded as ‘complete strikers’, as they balance their goals, while others only work their magic primarily in one place. It’s striking the three leading top scorers in the Premier League are all balanced once. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 16 goals in total,…

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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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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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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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Leicester vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

They have had their titanic battles in the Championship over recent years, but now Leicester City and Watford meet in the Premier League with both sides ecstatic with the start they have made to the season. There was clearly luck involved for Leicester regarding a couple of penalty shouts at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but on the balance of play they certainly deserved to come out on top. Ahead of that game against their Midlands rivals, there were questions posed over whether the top-flight’s current most dynamic duo could get…

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Stoke vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to collect their fourth consecutive Premier League victory when they play host to a goal-shy Watford side that has not won on any of their last three outings. After a slow start, the Potters have really found their groove in recent weeks, and the main secret to their improvement is a greater solidity at the back. In the early weeks of the season goalkeeper Jack Butland was given very little protection from those in front of him and was often the man responsible for keeping his side…

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Watford vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be aiming to win three successive Premier League matches for the first time as they take on a Crystal Palace team which will be keen to avoid a third defeat on the spin. The hosts are beginning to gain the recognition their early performances deserve after impressive triumphs over Swansea City and Newcastle United, while those who felt they would be vulnerable at the back have been proved emphatically wrong thus far as they are yet to concede a goal at Vicarage Road – a testament to the understanding…

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Newcastle vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

After four games without a goal, Newcastle United will be intent on moving off the bottom of the Premier League table when they take on Watford, who opened their account in terms of wins last out. There was a total lack of quality in the final third on Monday as the Magpies came badly unstuck at West Ham United, play that showed exactly why they have struggled to find the net this season. Time and again they gave the ball away as chances proved hard to come by, with right-back…

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Watford vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Vicarage Road hosts its first Premier League match since 2007 on Saturday afternoon as Watford entertain West Bromwich Albion, attempting to build on their promising opening day display. Having taken the lead twice and gone 2-1 up as late as the 83rd minute, there will be disappointment within the Hornets camp they were unable to hold on for all three points away to Everton, but it was an enterprising performance which evidenced the array of attacking talent they have. It was also impressive given the number of new players and nationalities within the…

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