Brendan Rodgers is all set to reinstate his feet into Vicarage Road, this time though the former “Hornets” boss will be managing Swansea City, currently the 9th best team in the Npower Championship. With Watford on fire and with home advantage, can Malky Mackay’s side make it four league wins in a row?
Watford – The “Golden Boys” have been hitting the net for fun in recent weeks, a 6-1 away win over Millwall started things off, and that excellent win was then followed by an impressive victory over Gordon Strachan’s Middlesbrough. A 3-1 win over the early season favourites was a joy to behold; Danny Graham pounced again for his 8th goal of the season, while on loan star Jordan Mutch netted his 2nd goal in as many games. Watford started well last season but dramatically fell off the pace; however the squad looks strong and with the loan window still open Malky Mackay could rustle up some Premier League loans. The team news for Tuesday nights fixture, doesn’t look serious at all as the “Hornets” will welcome back Andrew Taylor after he was ineligible to play against his parent club, Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Swansea – Brendan Rodgers resigned as Watford boss in June 2009, the former Hornet currently known to many Watford fans as “Brenda” is all set for a heated reception on Tuesday night. The former Chelsea coach is now managing Welsh side Swansea, who have started the season comfortably. The signing of Scott Sinclair has been real beneficial factor; the former Chelsea youngster has scored seven goals so far this season; however Sinclair is still a doubt for the Watford match as he missed the Saturday defeat to Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile the “Jacks” posted the best defensive record throughout the whole of the Championship last season, Ashley Williams, Gary Monk and Alan Tate all propose a solid wall in Swansea’s back line, on form Watford striker Danny Graham could well be involved in a sore battle tomorrow evening. Swansea have a number of key injury problems to mull over, as mentioned above Scott Sinclair and Stephen Dobbie could well feature for the “Swans”; however winger David Cotterill is a massive doubt with a groin problem.
Watford – Jordan Mutch. The on loan Birmingham youngster has performed expertly well in recent weeks, Mutch is a box to box midfielder who isn’t afraid to tackle, he also has an eye for goals as he proved in the 6-1 win over Millwall and the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. The goal against “Boro” was a cracking finish as he hit a sublime half volley from 20 yards. His talent has helped the “Golden Boys” in recent weeks; expect him to be a major threat on Tuesday.
Swansea – Darren Pratley. The Swansea City midfielder was linked with a move to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest in the summer; however he turned the opportunity down as he decided to stay with last season’s play-off hopefuls. The midfield battle between Darren Pratley and John Eustace will be amazing to watch, both players are tough tackling midfielders, Pratley also likes to get forward the 25 year old netted seven goals from midfield last season, therefore he should be a constant threat to Watford.
Kick Off – 7.45pm, Tuesday
Date – 28/09/2010
Ground – Vicarage Road
Managers – Malky Mackay/Brendan Rodgers