Watford v Bristol City
Saturday, Jan 06 – 15:00pm
Watford suffered a 3-1 loss to Man City on Tuesday night, continuing their recent run of poor form. The Hornets have won just two of their last 10 games in the Premier League, and a victory tonight could grant Marco Silva’s side a much needed confidence boost. Striker Troy Deeney is likely to make his return for Watford today, having served a four-match suspension. Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia, Miguel Britos, and Younes Kaboul are all set to miss the match due to injury.
Bristol City were thumped 5-0 by Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, putting a dampener on an otherwise successful season for the Robins. Bristol have already eliminated four Premier League sides from cup competitions this season (Watford, Stoke City, Crystal Palace, Man United), but with a huge EFL Cup game against Man City on the horizon, manager Lee Johnson is likely to rotate his squad for today’s match. Johnson confirmed earlier this week that he will be handing starts to Niclas Eliasson, Matt Taylor, and Cauley Woodrow.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Watford have won each of their last two fixtures against Bristol City in the FA Cup – beating them in 1931/32 and 2013/14.
- The Robins have not managed to win any of their last 13 games in the FA Cup against Premier League sides – their last victory coming against Liverpool in 1994.
- Watford were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Bristol City earlier this season – they have never been eliminated from both cup competitions by a single club in one season in their entire history.
- The last time the Robins progressed from the third round of the FA Cup in a single match was back in 2001 (vs Huddersfield) – they have only progressed via replays since then.
Watford are in terrible form at the moment and look half the side they did back in November. The Christmas period has not been kind to the Hornets, and if they’re low on confidence, they may find it difficult to get around Bristol City – who have been absolutely fantastic this season. Lee Johnson will be telling his side to go out and enjoy themselves today, they’ve already become this season’s lower league heroes, and you wouldn’t bet against them causing another upset.