Foot Predictions shows Saturday’s championship clash between Watford and Bristol City, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Bristol City expect to keep their hopes in the playoffs alive when they travel to Watford in the league on Saturday.
Robins fell to tenth place after three consecutive defeats, while Hornets rose to fourth place in the middle of the week, despite not playing.
Watford’s progress on the table came as a result of Reading’s defeat to Brentford, with Xisco Munoz’s team is now seven points behind the top two and eight points ahead of seventh Middlesbrough.
The Hornets have lost just one of their last six matches and drew 0-0 with Coventry City last weekend.
This was the 13th time without conceding goals, while only Swansea City (15) conceded fewer goals in the league than Watford (20).
No team in the division has won more games (10) or scored more points (32) at home than the Hertfordshire team, whose 2-1 loss on Vicarage Road to Queens Park Rangers in early February was only their second loss in home of the season.
That’s not good news for Bristol City, who lost their last six league games away from home and were defeated 1-0 at Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
This followed a 2-0 loss to Cardiff City in the league last week, which resulted in just three wins in Robins’ last 11 league games.
The pressure is starting to build Dean Holden, with Bristol City now six points off the playoffs. After the trip to Watford, they face another of the top six teams on Tuesday, Reading.
The reverse clash at Ashton Gate in November ended at 0-0 – hardly a surprise, as Bristol City (29) and Watford (31) are the two teams with the lowest scores in the top half of the championship.
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All news from the teams
Watford is confident that Kiko Femenia will be available again, with the right-back having missed the last two games due to a stroke.
January Signature Dan Gosling is struggling to make his debut after improving his fitness in the last fortnight since his transfer from Bournemouth.
Will Hughes could enter the Hornets side in a central midfield position, pushing Troy Deeney to the advanced center point where Andre Gray was disappointed in the past few weeks.
Alfie Mawson will be suspended from a game for Bristol City after a red card against Sheffield United in the middle of the week.
Dan Bentley and Henri Lansbury must return to the starting lineup after resting against the Blades.
Dean Holden gave a debut to an 18 year old Ryley Towler on the left side in the cup and the young man managed to maintain his position after being more solid than Adrian Mariappa.
Possible initial Watford lineup:
Bachmann; Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Masina; Chalobah, Cleverley; Sarr, Hughes, Sema; Deeney
Possible initial lineup for Bristol City:
Bentley; Hunt, Kalas, Moore, Towler; Lansbury, Vyner, Massengo; Wells, Diedhiou, Semenyo
Odds: Watford 1-0 Bristol City
These two teams have been fighting for the past few weeks and it can be a close and nervous game, as both are with little confidence. We are supporting Watford to win a tight victory due to their excellent record at home and the quality they can show if they mesh.
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