Norwich v Watford
Tuesday April 20, 18:00
Norwich getting ready for the Premier League
Norwich‘s return to the Premier League was sealed earlier than the Canaries took to the sector towards Bournemouth on Saturday evening as Swansea and Brentford each failed to win. Nevertheless, Daniel Farke‘s fees began with depth, Emi Buendia placing City forward early on to finish a tremendous transfer by way of the center.
But a controversial straight pink card for Greece defender Dimitris Giannoulis – who was second to a keenly-contested sort out – gave Bournemouth encouragement and the high-flyers hit again with three second-half targets to safe a 3-1 success in Norfolk. Despite first defeat in 14, Norwich might be topped champions in the event that they beat Watford right here this midweek.
When requested if his gamers might be allowed to rejoice promotion, Farke mentioned: “As long as they’re not too tired. I’m a bit too old for long celebrations and also, after a pretty long day, pretty exhausted and can’t wait to sit on my sofa. But it’s totally allowed – perhaps not the perfect preparation for Tuesday but the lads deserve it.”
Watford undergo damaging derby defeat
Watford‘s promotion push suffered a setback as they had been crushed 1-0 away at Luton in what was a poor derby day show. The Hornets by no means regarded like scoring all through the overwhelming majority of the match, that means a James Collins penalty within the second half was sufficient for the hosts to declare each the victory and the bragging rights at Kenilworth Road.
The guests nearly managed to maintain a clear sheet from a primary half during which they had been overrun in midfield and pinned again inside their very own field. However they created issues of their very own after the break and gifted the Hatters a spot kick that divided the 2 groups at full time earlier than ending the match with 10 males as Kiko Femenia was dismissed.
Post-match, head coach Xisco Munoz has referred to as for calm and togetherness. He mentioned, “It was not our best performance and we know about this. Now is the moment we need to stay together, everyone, and now is important everyone puts more passion into our club.”
Munoz was pressured to make two late modifications with Carlos Sanchez beginning instead of Nathaniel Chalobah, who failed a late health check. Adam Masina in the meantime was due to begin however felt unwell in the course of the heat up and had to get replaced by Achraf Lazaar at late discover. Both Chalobah and Masina stay doubts for Tuesday’s journey to Carrow Road.
Watford have loved affordable supremacy over Norwich in current conferences. The Hornets arrive on the again of 4 victories within the duos previous 5 league conferences since 2015/16, together with a 1-0 triumph of their Boxing Day dust-up. The guests additionally boast a W9-D2-L4 return over the previous 15 fixtures, together with 5 wins from their final eight journeys to Norfolk.
Norwich 2.265/4 suffered their first league loss in 14 fixtures on Saturday (W11-D2-L1). It was additionally solely the Canaries’ second residence reverse of the marketing campaign with Daniel Farke’s fees in significantly sturdy kind since October’s worldwide break (W26-D8-L4). However, with promotion secured and the next celebrations, the hosts are simply opposed right here.
Watford 3.309/4 have been one of many division’s strongest fits since Xisco Munoz arrived. The Hornets have registered W15-D3-L4 to cement their place within the automated promotion locations, while underlying efficiency knowledge suggests the hosts have been the division’s most dominant throughout that interval. Watford have W11-D1-L2 of their most up-to-date 14 outings.
Norwich’s sturdy defensive numbers have meant the Canaries have confirmed an unreliable supply for goal-hungry punters. In reality, 25/42 (60%) of City’s Championship contests have featured fewer than three targets with Daniel Farke’s troops seeing solely 22.31 targets per-game on common in 2020/21. Under 2.5 Goals is buying and selling at 1.875/6 on Tuesday evening.
Watford have largely confirmed to be imply defensively since Xisco Munoz took cost, in addition to scientific in ahead areas. The Hornets boast 12 shutouts of their previous 22 Championship contests, and 16 clear sheets in 30 going additional again. Despite scoring in 18 of 21 outings since Christmas, that is meant goal-heavy video games have been fairly laborious to come by.
Even so, I’m completely happy to swerve the purpose markets right here and as an alternative help Watford at 2.33 off a scratch 0 start on the Asian Handicap. This choice sees our stake returned ought to the sport finish all-square – the Hornets have lots nonetheless to play for and will benefit from a Norwich facet which are unlikely to be at their best possible following their promotion social gathering.