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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V WATFORD

17 March 2015

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It's back home for Latics after a fourth straight away victory on Saturday at Rotherham United.  Watford are the visitors to the DW Stadium on Tuesday 17 March, for a 7.45pm kick off.

Ahead of the game, manager Malky Mackay said he has no fresh injury concerns, with Leon Clarke likely to rejoin the match day squad.  Double loan signings Jerome Sinclair and Josh Murphy are also in contention for the 18.  James McClean will miss out, this the first of his two-game suspension.

Watford arrive at the DW in fine form, having lost just twice in their last 10 games.  With them they bring FA Cup hero Ben Watson, who has started 10 games for the Hornets since leaving Latics in January.

Team news out of Vicarage Road sees influential midfielder Almen Abdi a doubt with a hamstring complaint.

Tickets for this fixture are available until kick off from the DW Stadium Ticket Office from just £15 for adults.  For full details please [click here].

WATFORD IN 2015 SO FAR

The Hornets lost their first league game of 2015 3-1 at Huddersfield Town but they’ve won eight of their 11 games since; sticking seven past Blackpool a week after a 5-0 win over Charlton Athletic in January.

Serbian boss Slavisa Jokanovic has signed well with Odion Ighalo (pictured below), now on 17 league goals, joining permanently in October before Miguel Layun, Ben Watson and Marco Motta signed permanently in January.



Adlene Guedioura is Jokanovic’s only temporary addition after Sebastien Bassong returned to Norwich City.

Only Bournemouth (78) have more goals than Watford’s 76 in the Championship this season as Jokanovic’s side have failed to score in just five of the 26 games he has taken charge of.

No side has won more games than Watford in the division either, with their 20 successes better than any other team, though their ten defeats does mean they’re the most frequent losers in the top five at the time of writing.

It’s all set up to be another dramatic finish to the campaign for the Hertfordshire outfit; they know with nine games remaining that their current form could be enough to see them back into the Premier League after an eight-year exile.

Watford's recent form has seen them unbeaten in their last five games, with an four game unbeaten record on the road as well.

FLASHBACK

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Watford
Saturday 22 March 2014
DW Stadium
Sky Bet Championship




It proved a crucial three points for Latics on their road to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs last season at the DW Stadium, but they did it the hard way after falling behind to a first half Lewis McGugan strike.

Jean Beausejour's ambition dart down the left side proved fruitful just six minutes after the Hornets took the lead, with the Chilean wing back initially denied by a parried save at the left post, only to nod home the rebound.

Martyn Waghorn grabbed the vital winner in the second half, initially blocking James McArthur's shot from the edge of the box, only to spin and fire low into the bottom right on the turn.

Victory for Latics saw them five points clear of seventh place Nottingham Forest, but it would prove to be their final game on an eight game unbeaten run.

MAN TO WATCH - TROY DEENEY



Troy Deeney is Watford’s captain and main point of attack with his goals crucial in the Vicarage Road club’s bid for Premier League football.

Since being signed by Malky Mackay from Walsall in 2010, the 26-year-old former Aston Villa youth has settled into life at Watford and become one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Initially, Deeney was slow off the mark, scoring just three goals in 40 appearances during his debut campaign and 12 in 46 in his second.

But it was in the 2012-13 season that he began to show his true colours, notching 20 goals in 43 appearances as Watford lost out in the Championship Play-Off final to Crystal Palace.

Last season, Deeney cleaned up Watford’s close season awards, winning Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year as he produced a personal best of 25 goals in 48 games.

Averaging a goal every other game this time around, Deeney is destined for the Premier League, especially as his partnership with Odion Ighalo currently boasts 33 league goals.


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