Watford vs Norwich Match Preview: EFL Championship


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Watford will welcome Norwich to Vicarage Road on Saturday night as EFL Championship football returns.

RealSport101's Harry Smith is on hand to provide a comprehensive preview of Saturday's EFL Championship battle, including team news, predicted starting XIs and predictions.

Watford vs Norwich Team News

Watford boss Slaven Bilic will be without a recognised right back on Saturday night in the absence of Jeremy Ngakia and Mario Gaspar, so expect Dan Gosling to feature out of position once again.

Bilic is expected to make at least two changes for the visit of Norwich with attacking midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru set to make his first start of the season and Keinan Davis likely to lead the line ahead of Vakoun Bayo.

Dean Smith switched formations to a 4-3-1-2 last weekend due to injury problems in the wide areas, and a similar tactical setup is expected for the trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday night.

Midfielder Todd Cantwell is carrying a knock but has an outside chance of making the bench this weekend, but Adam Idah and Dimitris Giannoulis are among six confirmed absentees for the Canaries.

Confirmed Absentees

Watford: Francisco Sierralta, Rey Menaj, Joao Pedro, Samuel Kalu, Tom Cleverley, Jeremy Ngakia, Mario Gaspar, Kortney Hause, Craig Cathcart

Norwich: Todd Cantwell, Adam Idah, Jacob Sorensen, Dimitris Giannoulis, Sam McCallum, Isaac Hayden, Jon Rowe

Predicted Lineups

Watford (4-2-3-1): Bachmann; Gosling, Troost-Ekong, Kabasele, Kamara; Choudhury, Louza; Sarr, Dele-Bashiru, Sema; Davis

Norwich (4-3-1-2): Krul; Aarons, Omobamidele, Hanley, Byram; Sara, Gibbs, McLean; Dowell; Pukki, Sargent

Watford vs Norwich Score Prediction

Watford fell victim to a late Jerry Yates brace last weekend as they were beaten 3-1 on the road by a struggling Blackpool side. Slaven Bilic is already struggling to get a tune out of an injury-hit Hornets side and this will be an unwelcome test for the hosts.

Just one win from six league games has left Watford struggling down in the bottom half of the EFL Championship table, and one win from their last four at Vicarage Road makes for grim reading ahead of this tie.

Norwich have seen their momentum halted ahead of the trip to Watford with a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Preston sending them into this clash needing a positive result.

The Canaries remain second in the table heading into GW14 but have won just one of their last four league games and are now tied on points with Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers.

Score Prediction: Watford 1-1 Norwich

Harry Smith's Tip: Under 2.5 Goals

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