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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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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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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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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Aston Villa vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be desperate to close the gap between themselves and safety by claiming a first home win of the season over Watford, who are hoping to avoid a third successive loss. After a massively encouraging display which brought a battling goalless draw with title hopefuls Manchester City, and newfound optimism at Aston Villa was almost totally eroded by a shambolic effort at Everton last weekend. Let down by some shocking defending, they created few chances and were soundly beaten, with their many limitations ruthlessly exposed in a punishing…

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Watford vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games when they head to Vicarage Road for a potentially tricky clash with an often stubborn Watford side. The hosts were targeting a third straight win in their last match at Leicester City, and comfortably held their own against the third-placed team until goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made a howling error to gift the Foxes their opener in the second half. It was a mistake that was to prove fatal, as the Brazilian then brought…

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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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Watford vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

High-flying West Ham United will be aiming to pick up their sixth win in eight Premier League matches when they travel to Watford, who will be determined to avoid a third consecutive home defeat. After a three game run which yielded just one point and one goal, Watford upset the form book last weekend at Stoke City by claiming a richly deserved victory, taking advantage of some poor defending to move further clear of the bottom three. Out of the three newly promoted teams, it is the Hornets – contrary…

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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 Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming for their third consecutive Premier League win as they make the short journey to face a Watford side whose defence has been among the most obdurate so far this season. Luck was certainly on the Hornets’ side before the international break as they escaped with a draw from fellow newly promoted club Bournemouth, who gifted them the equaliser and then contrived to miss a late penalty to win it. As he has been so often in the last year, Odion Ighalo was there to pounce when…

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Bournemouth vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Not much has gone right for Bournemouth in the last week, so they will be yearning for victory on Saturday to lift their spirits, with fellow promoted side Watford providing the opposition. After drawing level at Stoke City, it looked as if Eddie Howe’s men were the more likely side to go on to win the game having gained reward for increased second half pressure. However, they conceded the decisive goal with seven minutes left and failed to come up with a response, ensuring that it was a thoroughly miserable…

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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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