Premier League: Watford aim to ace ‘rock-bottom’ test against Norwich
Sportsbet.io previews Watford’s ‘bottom-of-the-table’ Premier League fixture against Norwich at Carrow Road.
After a bright start to their Premier League campaign, Norwich seems to have run out of steam with five defeats and a draw since a miraculous 3-2 win over Manchester City at home. The Canaries have scored in every fixture played at Carrow Road, and the upcoming showdown is tipped to be a goalscoring affair.
Rock-bottom Watford have now gone 11 games without a win in the Premier League, their worst start to a top-flight campaign in history. The Hornets have shown signs of improvement defensively, and manager Quique Sanchez Flores will hope that his team can register their first win of the season at Carrow Road.
The teams have played twice in the Premier League, with either side recording a home victory in the 2015-16 season. The latest encounter saw Norwich ride on a brace from Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua to edge out Watford 4-2 at Carrow Road.
Teemu Pukki will be the central focus of the fixture and fans will hope the Finnish attacker can rediscover his early season instinct on Friday. The Player of the Month for August has six goals in 11 outings and will look to test the resilience of Ben Foster.
The English goalkeeper was the standout performer for the Hornets in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, making eight crucial saves to deny the visitors a chance of running amok. Given the stakes at hand, Foster is tipped to keep a clean sheet at Carrow Road.
Despite Watford’s troubling start to the latest campaign, Deulofeu continues to be a positive influence on the team with his earnest displays in games like the 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend. The Spaniard averages 22.73 passes per game and possesses a shot accuracy of 46%, propelling him to lead on the frontlines against a Norwich team which has conceded 26 goals this term.
Words: William Paul