Foot Predictions shows Friday’s championship clash between Watford and Derby County, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Watford to receive Derby County to Vicarage Road on Friday night in search of strengthening its automatic championship promotion offer.
While the Hornets have been unbeaten for three matches, Derby have left the relegation zone after recording five wins in the last six matches.
After three games without a win and only one goal scored, Watford fans were quick to make comparisons between the former coach Vladimir Ivic and current holder Xisco.
However, a 6-0 victory over Bristol City and a difficult 1-0 victory at Preston North End have lifted spirits at Vicarage Road, giving fans hope that their team can still fight for the top two.
The three closest rivals have games in contention, something that should be taken into account when assessing Watford’s chances of being promoted automatically.
However, Xisco has now scored 20 points in his 10 league games at the helm, and maintaining that ratio may be enough to defeat names like Norwich City, Brentford and Swansea City at the end of the campaign.
The Hornets have also kept four games without conceding a goal in the last five games, the only goals conceded being in the last 17 minutes of the defeat to Queens Park Rangers.
Although Watford may currently claim to be a team on the rise, their next match will be against the second division team in the last six games.
Like its hosts, the only real stain on the Derby notebook came courtesy of an unexpected capitulation during the final stages of their game at Rotherham United on February 3.
Wayne RooneyThe team responded with consecutive wins by 2 to 1 over Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers, the latter being achieved by kicking in the defender’s last breath. Andre Wisdom.
While the threat of relegation does not cause immediate concern, Rooney emphasized to his players that they must remain focused on their attempt to fill a mid-table spot before the final weeks of the season.
Watford comes to this competition with the division’s most productive home record, leaving Derby as an underdog, improving on their recent streak of three away wins in five games.
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Rooney suggested that Matt Clarke should be fit for Friday’s game despite suffering minor eye and hip injuries earlier this week.
On loan from Manchester United Teden Mengi hopes to maintain the right-sided position while Lee Buchanan he can return from the opposite side after falling into the substitutes’ bench at Adams Park.
Dan Gosling and Philip Zinckernagel they are both looking for opportunities at Watford XI after acting as replacements at Deepdale.
Will Hughes may fall on the substitutes’ bench after playing 90 minutes in successive matches for the first time this year.
Possible starting lineup for Watford:
Bachmann; Femenia, Cathcart, Sierralta, Masina; Cleverley, Chalobah, Gosling; Sarr, Pedro, Zinckernagel
Possible initial line-up for Derby County:
Marshall; Mengi, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan; Waghorn, Knight, Shinnie, Jozwiak; Kazim-Richards, Gregory
Probability: Watford 1-1 Derby County
A third game in less than a week will lead both coaches to consider several changes to this contest. With any changes that put the current moment at risk, we felt that a competitive tie could be played on Vicarage Road, a result that would please Derby more than its host.
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