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Watford v Charlton Athletic| Sat 14th Sept 2013| Match Preview, Teams, Predictions, News & Views

edited September 2013 in General Charlton
Introduction

After a week of International football, the Football League resumes normal service this weekend and Saturday sees Charlton face a tricky away trip to Gianfranco Zola’s Watford who just missed out on a Premier League place last year after losing to Crystal Palarse in the play-off final.

Since that painful defeat, Watford have made many of their loanee’s from last season into permanent deals but will miss Matěj Vydra who won last year’s Championship player of the year award and has since joined West Brom.

Chris Powell’s Addicks will be hopeful that the victory against Leicester just before the International break will kick-start their season. If Charlton do get a good result against Watford, then it will give them some momentum heading into their next two key battles in the following week.

The Opposition

Watford were criticised a lot last season for their squad mainly consisting of loanees but the Hornets have managed to make a lot of those loanees into permanent deals. The likes of Almen Abdi, Joel Ekstrand and Marco Cassetti have all had their deals made permanent as well as Fernando Forestieri who was sent-off at the Valley last season for two yellow cards including one for diving.

In their last fixture, Watford lost 1-0 away to Paul Ince’s Blackpool which was the Hornet’s first defeat of the season so far but Zola’s side still are in a decent position of 7th in the Championship and only two points off third.

Zola usually lines up his side in a 3-5-2 formation with Anya and Faraoni occupying the wing-back roles and Troy Deeney up-front alongside summer signing Diego Fabbrini although Fabbrini’s selection will be contested by the pantomime villain Forestieri.

Player to Watch

The player to watch this weekend is Watford striker Troy Deeney. The ex-Walsall striker has already got five goals in five games this season and was even linked with Premier League side Spurs during the summer. Deeney has great strength and certainly knows where the goal is meaning Morro, Dervite and Cort will all have to keep their eye on Deeney this weekend.

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The Line –Up

After the success of the 3-5-2 formation against Leicester in the last fixture, it is more than likely that Powell will select it again against Watford who themselves usually select that formation.

It might also be the same side that beat Leicester that plays against Watford this weekend. However, if Chris Solly recovers in time for the game against Watford, then he will most certainly replace Wilson on the right-wing-back role despite Lawrie’s impressive display against Leicester.

The likes of Callum Harriott, Mark Gower, Marvin Sordell and recent loan-signing Cameron Stewart will all be pushing for starting spots against Watford although all four are likely to be on the bench.

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The Prediction

1-1 draw.
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Comments

  • Can see a few goals again - bit of a one half team atm.

    Played very well at times but sometimes not so!

  • good write up stubbers

    lightening wont strike twice, revenge for watford and a 4-3 win to them
  • Nice one Stubbers, suspect it will be Wilson for Solly.

    As Horns says, think there will be goals in this one. Sadly i think it will be more for them than us !
  • doubt we'll see Cort as he wasn't training on Tuesday due to a knee problem, also Solly said he hoped to play some part in the game, if that's the case it leaves us a bit short of CB's for 3-5-3
  • Keeping up to date on this via Red as am in deepest Russia. Can see us getting a point out of this. 1-1.
  • Any news on Solly's knee injury?
  • Hmmm shame re Cort..if we are to use 352 often, we will need more than three experienced CBs.

    Hope we put in a decent performance but can't really see beyond a defeat.
  • Any news on Solly's knee injury?

    Miraculous recovery on hearing about new contract apparently..
  • doubt we'll see Cort as he wasn't training on Tuesday due to a knee problem, also Solly said he hoped to play some part in the game, if that's the case it leaves us a bit short of CB's for 3-5-3

    Wood was brought in as back up, so maybe its time for him to shine.
  • Hmmmm. Reckon the Hornets will do us but not a skelping... 2-1
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  • Kap10 said:

    doubt we'll see Cort as he wasn't training on Tuesday due to a knee problem, also Solly said he hoped to play some part in the game, if that's the case it leaves us a bit short of CB's for 3-5-3

    Wood was brought in as back up, so maybe its time for him to shine.
    Bit worrying as Wood is presumably lacking match fitness and Watford have a pretty formidable front line.
  • I agree that Stubley's selection is almost certain to be the line - up, injuries allowing.
    We beat an arguably stronger Hornets line up last year. There is no reason why our arguably stronger side can't do well again this year ..

    Watford 2 v CAFC 2
  • Narrow defeat for the Addicks 2-1 with a game of missed opportunities for the away side
  • Watford also play 3-5-2. Could be an interesting one.
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    I agree that Stubley's selection is almost certain to be the line - up, injuries allowing.
    We beat an arguably stronger Hornets line up last year. There is no reason why our arguably stronger side can't do well again this year ..

    Watford 2 v CAFC 2

    Are we stronger ? I thought Watford away was one of Fullers best performances. If he'd played that way consistently he'd still be here. It was a great team effort but I don't know if we have someone with his creativity, which was vital that day, this time round.
  • my first game of the season

    fancy a stirring Addicks away day performance and a 2-2
  • Prediction was right with Leicester so I am going to make it this one the second in our run of newly inspired wins.

    1-3

    Church and Kermit
  • Will be a case of if its not broke then dont fix it, so we will stay 3-5-2, however id like us to start 4-5-1 (would be harsh on Church) as Watford have got the ability to drag our centre halves out of position which is dangerous playing 3 at the back. Wouldnt be suprised to see Solly and Wiggins playing very deep.

    2-1 Watford im afraid.
  • Watford look the strongest, we take the points.
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  • 3pm on Saturday I'll have been watching Charlton for 22 years. That day was a 3-0 win against Portsmouth at Upton Park.

    Come on you reds.
  • Are people mad?? Has anyone seen Watford this season??!!

    We're gonna get spanked!!
  • scruffle said:

    Are people mad?? Has anyone seen Watford this season??!!

    We're gonna get spanked!!

    We saw them last season and would have come to the same conclusion. You never know with Charlton.
  • Charlton wiil. 2 1. Church. Jackson
  • 2-1 Charlton, Sordell winner in the last minute
  • edited September 2013
    Kap10 said:

    scruffle said:

    Are people mad?? Has anyone seen Watford this season??!!

    We're gonna get spanked!!

    We saw them last season and would have come to the same conclusion. You never know with Charlton.
    I remember we "rested" Vydra and Deeney for that game which must have given your defence some confidence.

    We have been playing our usual 3-5-2 - think Forestieri might come in having scored in a mid-week friendly.

    Got quite a few options at the back - Angella will start but the other 2 positions could be one of 3/4.
  • Kap10 said:

    scruffle said:

    Are people mad?? Has anyone seen Watford this season??!!

    We're gonna get spanked!!

    We saw them last season and would have come to the same conclusion. You never know with Charlton.
    I remember we "rested" Vydra and Deeney for that game which must have given your defence some confidence.

    We have been playing our usual 3-5-2 - think Forestieri might come in having scored in a mid-week friendly.

    Got quite a few options at the back - Angella will start but the other 2 positions could be one of 3/4.
    That may have been the case but your defense was terrible. We looked like scoring everytime we went forward, and absolutely dominated your right back.
  • edited September 2013
    http://www.wfcforums.com/showthread.php?49128-Watford-FC-vs-Charlton-Athletic-14-9-2013

    Some Watford fans comments here are very very bitter. Not sure how they can defend Forestieri:



    We'll lose and they'll enjoy being able to "stick it right up their xenophobic jumpers". 2-0.
  • 4.

    That may have been the case but your defense was terrible. We looked like scoring everytime we went forward, and absolutely dominated your right back.

    Cannot disagree with that.

    Particularly Neuton who barley played afterwards...
  • http://www.wfcforums.com/showthread.php?49128-Watford-FC-vs-Charlton-Athletic-14-9-2013

    Some Watford fans comments here are very very bitter. Not sure how they can defend Forestieri:



    We'll lose and they'll enjoy being able to "stick it right up their xenophobic jumpers". 2-0.

    Shit club.

    cheat on the pitch.

    cheat off the pitch.

    still can't get promoted.

    worst ground in the championship.

    quietest fans in the championship.

    hope we give the cheating scum another slap as we were the worst new year's day hangover they had down that shit hole for a while. 2-0 to Charlton.


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