2019-20 Premier League: Week 12 – Norwich vs Watford

Norwich City meet Watford in a crunch bottom of Premier League clash at Carrow Road in Friday Night Football.

A home win would move Norwich to within a point of safety whilst Watford can leapfrog the Canaries with their first league victory of the season, and temporarily move up above Southampton into 18th position. 

 

Team news

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Mario Vrancic could return for Norwich after a calf injury and illness kept him out of their last seven matches. 

Grant Hanley (groin), Christoph Zimmerman (ankle) and Timm Klose (knee) are all still ruled out for the foreseeable future. 

Watford could welcome Etienne Capoue and Craig Cathcart back from back injuries after Capoue failed to recover in time to face Chelsea last weekend, whilst Cathcart was subbed after just 20 minutes. 

Tom Cleverley meanwhile could be available after missing the Hornets’  last two matches with a heel injury. 

Domingos Quina (groin), Ismaila Sarr (undisclosed) and Troy Deeney (knee) are close to making their returns, although all three won’t be risked until after the international break, whilst Danny Welbeck remains sidelined with a thigh injury for the foreseeable future. 

 

Form

Norwich have taken a single point from their last six games although four of those came away from home, in which they did score once in their two home games in that time. 

Watford have taken three points from their last six league outings but have taken just two points on the road all season.  

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich have won four of their last five meetings with Watford in all competitions (W4, L1). 
  • There have been just two previous Premier League meeting between these teams with both winning at home in the 2015-16 season. 
  • Norwich have won three of their last four home games against Watford by an aggregate result of 11-5. 
  • Craig Dawson is the only Watford player to have made ten or more blocks this season, doing so on 15 occasions. 
  • No Norwich player are yet to score a penalty this season. 

 

Prediction

Given the poor form of both teams, I am personally not expecting much entertainment from either team other than trying to outfox each other defensively. 

Watford however look more confident going forward and are beginning to find that missing spark, although their defending is still costing them wins which will be a key area for both teams here. 

A one-all draw therefore wouldn’t be a surprise but a part of me thinks that this is a huge chance for Watford and they might very well take it to get their first league win of the season.

Prediction: Norwich City 1-2 Watford

Result: Norwich City 0-2 Watford

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