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The Preview: Watford v Blues

Posted: Tue 11 Feb 2014
Author: bcfc.com

Watford v Blues

Image by: Pete Stanley

bcfc.com previews tonight's Sky Bet Championship game against the Hornets at Vicarage Road (7.45pm kick-off).

Lee Clark’s thoughts on his side’s win against Charlton at the weekend…
“We went with what we considered our biggest and most powerful team that could handle the conditions and the pitch. You could see it wasn’t going to be a pitch where the ball was going to be moved around a lot one and two touch, particularly from the back and we couldn’t take those risks. Thankfully the players we picked delivered the performance and we ended up with a terrific result.”

Clark on the importance of building on that win at the Valley...
"There's no less pressure on us because of that. I'm desperate to win the game and if we win we can overtake Watford in the league so that’s an incentive in itself. There is nothing better than winning football matches and we want to continue that and see where we can go from now until the end of the season."

Clark on what he wants to see from his own side...
"We need to continue with the same desire and commitment. They will cause us problems, but we need to take our game to them. In the first game of the season we did that, but in the two games against them last season we didn’t. We need to put them under pressure and see how they react to what we’ve got – our attacking abilities and not let them dictate the game and dominate the midfield. We also need to try and stop them getting quality balls up to their front two."

Clark on Watford's struggle this season...
"They’ve still got a group of talented players and a lot of players that got them to the play-offs last year. Their front two are as good as any in the league in Forestieri and Deeley and we know we’ll have to be right at it to make sure they don’t get opportunities to win the game. They’ve carried on with the same system that Gianfranco Zola went with and was very successful with in a 3-5-2. It's a different type of challenge for us from the one we faced on Saturday against Charlton."

Clark's thoughts on Watford's draw against league leaders Leicester City at the weekend...
"It was a terrific performance by them at Leicester on Saturday. I’ve seen the footage and they were very unfortunate not to win it. A draw was probably a fair result because even though Leicester were two-down they were playing well. We know how good Leicester are ourselves after coming up against them a few weeks ago. It’s a tough game but I’m confident my players can give them issues." 
 
Blues team news...
Tom Thorpe (ankle), Matt Green (knee), David Murphy (knee), Akwasi Asante (hamstring), Amari'i Bell (knee) and Neal Eardley (knee) remain out. Jonathan Spector is back in full training but boss Lee Clark says he will need to play in two upcoming development squad games before being considered for first-team selection.

Betting...
If you want to place a bet on the game, use Sky Bet and they will give a share of the revenue back to Blues. Plus sign-up now and get a free matched bet up to £30. Just click here. Looking to tonight's game at Vicarage Road, a Blues win is priced at 18/5, the draw at 13/5 and a Watford victory at 3/4. 

Tickets...
There will be pay on the gate at the away cash only turnstile this evening from 6.30pm. Prices remain the same - £26 adults, concessions £15, U16s £10. 

Stat pack...
- Blues' last win against the Hornets was a 3-0 success at St. Andrew's in January 2012 in the Championship.
- Watford have won the last three league fixtures between the teams 1-0, 4-0 and 2-0.
- The first league meeting between the clubs took place in November 1969. Blues won that Division Two contest at Vicarage Road 3-2.
- There have been a total of 43 league and cup meetings between the teams. Watford have won 18 of them, eight have been drawn and Blues have tasted success 17 times.
-When the sides met in the corresponding home fixture at St. Andrew's on the opening day of the season, Watford won that contest 1-0 thanks to an 11th minute goal from Blues fan Troy Deeney.