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Watford vs Hull – Match Preview

The news coming out of Watford this week is that they have been embroiled in a forgery scam, with the Pozzo family who own the club supposedly using a forged bank letter which then secured the purchase of the club. It’s a bit of an unsure period off the pitch but thankfully matters on the pitch look a bit more rosy as of late.

The Hornets find themselves in 9th place in the Premier League as Walter Mazzari’s integration into English Football has been a relatively smooth one. They come into this game off the back of a three match unbeaten run and they will look to make that four with the visit of Hull this afternoon.

Last Saturday saw Watford play out a stalemate at the Liberty Stadium which in all fairness was a result that probably suited Swansea more than it did Watford. Troy Deeney has gone on record by saying that he would love to see Watford in the European places come the end of the season. I think that might just be beyond them but I think them establishing themselves as a Premier League outfit is definitely in reach.

What Hull would give to be an established Premier League side or just staying in the division this season, the bright start when no-one gave them a hope of even a winning a point is long since behind them as they have to deal with the weekly grind that top flight football brings you.

Since Mike Phelan’s permanent appointment his Hull side have lost two on the bounce and conceded 8 goals in the process with 6 of them coming away at the Vitality Stadium when they were soundly beaten 6-1 by Bournemouth, not only that but it’s a wider run of 5 straight defeats and 6 matches without a win.

This is a run of form which now sees Hull in the bottom three and the biggest worry for Phelan must be the fact that the side are leaking more than The Titanic. They have conceded a staggering 22 goals in just 9 matches, that is relegation form if ever you saw it.

Will that form take a turn for the better this afternoon? Well firstly they have to get much tighter at the back. I think they need to look at the Allardyce/Sunderland model of last season. Clean sheets first, build your confidence then get some wins. Unfortunately I don’t think that clean sheet comes today what with Troy Deeney up front for Watford. Not only will it won’t be a clean sheet but they will come away from Vicarage Road empty handed. A home win for me.

 

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