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Watford host visiting rivals Derby County at Vicarage Road Stadium in the Championship meeting on Friday.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Watford v Derby County are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Watford, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 0-1 Championship success over Preston North End.
In that match, Watford had 61% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Watford was João Pedro (51'). For their opponents, Preston North End had 11 attempts at goal with 0 of them on target.
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that huge efforts have been put in by the Watford backline. The Hornets have been miserly, resulting in the number of goals that have flown into the back of their net during their past six outings standing at 3. That sort of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward here, however.
Coming into this meeting, Watford haven't been beaten in the league by Derby County in their previous 2 matches.
Derby County will go into the meeting after a 1-2 Championship win in the defeat of Wycombe Wanderers in their previous outing.
In that match, Derby County managed 60% possession and 14 shots on goal with 3 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Derby County was Andre Wisdom (90'). Wycombe Wanderers had 17 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Uche Ikpeazu (16' Own goal, 48') was the scorer for Wycombe Wanderers.
Wayne Rooney's Derby County have managed to stick the ball in the net a total of 7 times in the course of their previous 6 matches. The overall goals that have been scored against them during those same clashes adds up to 5.
Coming into this contest, Derby County haven't been beaten by Watford in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 23/02/2013 tells us that Watford have won 2 of these games and Derby County 3, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 22 in all at an average of 3.67 goals per meeting.
The previous league clash featuring these clubs was Championship match day 5 on 16/10/2020 when the final score was Derby County 0-1 Watford.
That day, Derby County had 52% possession and 9 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
On the other side, Watford got 8 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. João Pedro (76') scored.
The match was refereed by Geoff Eltringham.
Team News: Watford
Isaac Success (Achilles tendon rupture) and Tom Dele-Bashiru (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be available for Watford gaffer Xisco Muñoz.
Team News: Derby County
In an otherwise full-strength squad, there’s just a single fitness problem for the Derby County manager Wayne Rooney to contend with. Krystian Bielik (Torn knee ligament) won’t be in action.
We’re thinking that Derby County certainly have the ability to breach the defence of this Watford lineup, however that realistically won’t be as many as they’ll concede.
We reckon that it will be a narrow 2-1 winning margin for Watford after the 90. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Vicarage Road Stadium (22,200)
Captain: Troy Deeney
Chairman: Scott Duxbury
Manager: Xisco Muñoz
Competitions: Championship position 4
🔑 Star Player: João Pedro
Regularly used in the Striker position, João Pedro was born in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Having made a first senior appearance for Fluminense in the 2019 season, the dangerous Forward has managed 6 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 season so far in 23 appearances.