Watford v Aston Villa: match preview

Watford are finally off the bottom with a win and draw in their last two games and Nigel Pearson will see this as a chance to begin roping in Villa, third-bottom and five points ahead. Dean Smith’s side are also showing a hint of long overdue form after their defeat of Norwich on Boxing Day, only their second win in 10 attempts. Pearson must decide whether to stick with Troy Deeney up front; the Watford captain’s fitness must be managed but he scored late winners against Villa twice in 2015-16 – the last season these teams were in the same division. Mark Tallentire

Saturday 3pm

Venue Vicarage Road

Last season n/a

Referee Simon Hooper

This season G5 Y16 R1 3.4 cards/game

Odds H Evens A 3-1 D 11-4


Subs from Gomes, Bachmann, Quina, Chalobah, Zeegelaar, Foulquier, Dahlberg, Success, Dawson, Masina, Pereyra

Doubtful Deeney (match fitness), Sarr (eye)

Injured Cleverley (calf), Holebas (ankle), Janmaat (knee), Prödl (knee), Welbeck (hamstring, all unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y38 R1


Leading scorer Deulofeu 3



Subs from Nyland, Kalinic, Taylor, Chester, Ramsey, Lansbury, Kodjia, Jota, O’Hare, Elmohamady, Douglas Luiz, Engels

Doubtful Davis (hamstring), Mings (hamstring)

Injured Steer (achilles, Feb), McGinn (foot, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y32 R1


Leading scorer Grealish 5


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