It’s now more important than ever for Watford and Norwich to face each other following their results in the previous matches. Norwich and Watford meet in the Premier League on Friday. A victory for Norwich City would see the Hornets tumble into the relegation zone with just one point separating the two.
Team News and Predicted Lineups
In the Premier League, Watford was held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United last time.
Watford controlled 48 percent of the ball and made 18 efforts on goal, five of which were on target. Joo Pedro scored the equalizer goal for Watford in the 87th minute. Newcastle United attempted 12 shots on goal, but just one was on target. Newcastle United’s goal came from Allan Saint-Maximin at the 49th minute.
Watford has struggled to contain their rivals lately, albeit they have discovered ways to score their own goals. The Hornets have been beaten defensively in six of their past six games, despite scoring in five of them. We’ll have to wait and watch whether that tendency continues into the next match.
Watford hosts Friday’s clash against Norwich City, another relegation six-pointer that the Hornets will feel compelled to win, all the more so given that a loss would see them plummet into the relegation zone.
Watford Has the Following Pre-game Statistics:
- Norwich City has not beaten the Hornets in the league in the last five encounters.
- The Hornets have gone two league games without a home win.
On the other hand, the Canaries enter this encounter off the back of a 2-1 Premier League victory against the Toffees in their previous game. Norwich City is in an excellent position to avoid relegation with that result, but they will need to build on it with another three points against Watford.
Norwich City had 40% of the possession in that game and made 13 efforts on goal, three of which were on target. Adam Idah scored for the Canaries at the 18th minute. Everton had 12 shots on goal, five of which were on target. Everton’s goals came from Michael Keane’s goal in the 16th minute and Richarlison’s 60th.
Norwich City’s offensive players have struggled to score goals in their previous six matches, scoring only three times. Additionally, The Canaries have seen the combined goal totals of rival clubs equal 13.
In the past three league fixtures, the Canaries have not beaten the Hornets on the road.
Peter Etebo (Knee Injury), Kwadwo Baah (Ankle Fracture), and Ismael Sarr (Ligament Injury) will all miss out on Watford’s manager Claudio Ranieri due to injury. Adam Masina and Imrân Louza are both serving suspensions and hence ineligible to play.
Dean Smith of Norwich City does not have a fully fit squad to choose from. Mathias Normann (Pelvis Injuries) and Billy Gilmour (Ankle Injuries) will be out from the starting lineup.
Watford vs. Norwich: Predicted Lineup
The Hornets Predicted Lineup – Craig Cathcart, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, Ben Foster, Hassane Kamara, Joshua King, Samir Caetano, Juraj Kucka, Edo Kayembe, Jeremy Ngakia, Joao Pedro, and Moussa Sissoko
The Canaries Predicted Lineup – Max Aarons, Tim Krul, Ben Gibson, Grant Hanley, Adam Idah, Pierre Lees Melou, Milot Rashica, Teemu Pukki, Jacob Sørensen, Brandon Williams, and Josh Sargent
Watford vs. Norwich: Both Teams to Score, Favorites to Win, and Over 2.5 Goals
We are supporting both sides to score in this encounter, as both Hornets and Canaries have struggled to retain clean sheets this season. Three of the previous six league meetings between the two teams have ended with both teams scoring, while five of Watford’s last six league and cup matches also did end with both teams scoring. These sides have failed to keep a clean sheet during their past six appearances.
It’s a safe bet that Watford will win. It’s possible that Norwich City can score against Watford, but that won’t be enough to prevent a defeat. We’re predicting a competitive game, with Watford leading 2-1 at the final whistle.
We expect a total of over 2.5 goals to be scored by both sides in this match. The last six games between these two teams have had at least three goals scored, including this season’s rematch at Carrow Road. More than three goals have been scored in each of Watford’s and Norwich’s last six matches across all competitions, so it’s easy to expect both teams to score on Friday.
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