Preview: Watford vs. Norwich City

Preview: Watford vs. Norwich City

Norwich City will be looking to make it back-to-back Premier League wins when they travel to Vicarage Road on Friday night to take on fellow strugglers Watford.

The Canaries will enter the contest off the back of a 2-1 win over Everton, while Watford came from behind to claim a point away to Newcastle United last time out.

Watford will enter the match off the back of a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday; the Hornets were losing 1-0 until the 87th minute of the clash at St James’ Park, when Joao Pedro came up with a vital equaliser.

Claudio Ranieri’s side were due to return to action away to Burnley on Tuesday evening, but the match had to be postponed due to a lack of available players for the home side.

The draw with Newcastle actually ended a run of seven straight defeats in all competitions, but the Hornets have not managed to triumph in the Premier League since thrashing Manchester United 4-1 on November 20, and a total of 14 points from 19 matches has left them in 17th position in the table.

It is difficult to look too closely at the bottom of the division, though, as basement side Burnley have only played 17 matches and have four games in hand on 18th-placed Norwich, who have played two more matches than Watford and sit a point behind them ahead of their meeting on Friday.

Ranieri’s team have the worst home record in the Premier League this term, picking up just seven points from their 10 matches, but Norwich have the third-worst away record in England’s top flight this season, losing seven of their 10 matches, collecting only five points in the process.

Norwich, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a huge 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday, with an own goal from Michael Keane and an effort from Adam Idah enough to overcome the Toffees at Carrow Road.

The Canaries have managed to move off the bottom of the division into 18th, but as mentioned, they have played three more matches than Burnley and one more than Newcastle, who sit 19th, so a lot could change at the bottom of the table once teams have managed to play their fixtures in hand.

Nevertheless, Dean Smith’s side have given themselves a fighting chance to stay in England’s top flight, and they have actually now won two of their last three matches in all competitions, having also overcome Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup on January 9.

Norwich have lost each of their last five league matches against Watford, though, including a 3-1 defeat when the two teams locked horns at Carrow Road in the Premier League back in September.

The Canaries last overcame Watford in England’s top flight back in May 2016, while they have not beaten the Hornets on their travels in the league since February 2015.

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We say: Watford 2-1 Norwich City
Watford are certainly capable of pulling off big results, especially at home, and we just have a feeling for the Hornets here. Norwich will have been boosted by their impressive victory at Everton, but we are expecting Ranieri’s side to collect all three points on Friday courtesy of a narrow success.

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