Aston Villa vs Watford – Pre-game Assessment

This battle of our Villans and Watford this weekend has echoes of the situation the two teams found themselves in close to two years ago.  Both were battling to stay in the Premier League.  On the last day of the season, we held West Ham in their stadium 1-1 to gain a point, while Watford came away from the Emirates unlucky not to gain a tie, instead going down 3-2 to the Gunners.  The difference saw Watford spend a year in the Championship, while our Villans had a recovery year, ending the season in 11th spot.

Watford is in danger of repeating that season’s performance, sitting in 19th place and having failed to win, or even score, of late.  Meanwhile our Villans have slipped into 12th spot by losing at Newcastle and are struggling to do better than 11th.  Still, the fixture that is the most relevant as a point of comparison was the one at Villa Park on January 21st, 2020.

Troy Deeney, a Birmingham boy, gave Watford a halftime lead in the 38th minute.  With Villa desperate to gain revenge for a 10-man loss to Watford at Vicarage Road weeks before, Luiz tied shortly after the break and, in breathtaking fashion, our Villans had a Konsa shot in a melee in the penalty area deflected by our captain, Tyrone Mings, for a 90+5 mins winner!

Unfortunately, Konsa will be serving his second game suspension for his infraction against Leeds and so Tyrone, with somebody else, will have to do what is necessary to score the winner.

I am betting that history will repeat itself.  Aston Villa 2, Watford 1.


Likely Starting xi:

Aston Villa (4, 3, 3): Martinez, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne, Luiz, Ramsey, McGinn, Coutinho, Watkins, Buendía

Watford (4, 3, 3): Foster, Cathcart, Kemara, Samir, Femenia, Sissoko, Keyambe, Cleverley, Dennis, King, Sarr

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