The Championship 2020-21

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by Markoa$, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    I also think we'll probably struggle more against Bristol City and Swansea than Brentford and Norwich - the former two seem more solid at the back and less gung-ho, and those types of teams appear to be the kind we have more problems with.
     
  2. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    You'd hope that our quality will shine through against Bristol City, Swansea will be a very difficult game
     
  3. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Norwich got a lot of money for two seriously overrated defenders and replaced them with better players. They didn't lose any of their good forwards and replaced the hopeless Duda with Placheta who looks like an upgrade.
     
  4. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

  5. Supertommymooney

    Supertommymooney Reservist

  6. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

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  7. Maybe, though our bench on occasions has looked frighteningly weak....
     
  8. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    In the earlier weeks of the season yes, but it's been stronger more recently.
     
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  9. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Yes - hopefully stay that way.
     
  10. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    Even if we keep everyone fit, I'm not entirely sure.

    It would help us relative to most other teams in the league, but then we should be on course for at least finishing in the top 4 anyway even without the added subs.

    The question is whether our wider squad is better than Swansea and Norwich, and so if the additional subs will give us an advantage relative to them or not.
     
  11. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    Ultimately 3 or 5 subs will not make that much of a difference compared to the ability to rotate the squad with the barrage of games coming up, this is where clubs like us, Muff and Norwich will have the advantage.
     
  12. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    From the weekend the next 9 fixtures cover 5 weekends and 4 midweek fixtures, we will get a respite between 19th & 26th December.

    That midweek there is the EFL cup 5th round, the only remaining Championship clubs are Brentford and Stoke. Brentford have a potentially winnable tie at home to Newcastle, if they in that then that will be yet another fixture in January. They would surely burn out some time in the winter.
     
  13. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    Up until Saturday 2nd January we have just one midweek off, as said above.

    After that it's two midweeks off and FACup R3 on the 9th. I hope we play the fringe players and lose that.
     
  14. TomWatfordFC

    TomWatfordFC First Year Pro

    Will we be able to name 9 players on the bench again?
     
  15. ITK platypus

    ITK platypus Reservist

    5 sub rule seems to be in our favour, would be pretty annoyed if I was a fan of the clubs with smaller squads.

    I do actually think it is quite sensible given the fixture density.
     
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  16. Ágætis Byrjun

    Ágætis Byrjun Reservist

    Certainly good news for João Pedro, given that we normally make two midfield subs and one attacking.

    If you start with Gray, naturally you'd replace with Troy and vice versa. Should now allow us to rotate Sarr and Pedro as well.

    I hope this means 9 subs, although I'm yet to see any confirmation.
     
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  17. TomWatfordFC

    TomWatfordFC First Year Pro

  18. Ágætis Byrjun

    Ágætis Byrjun Reservist

    Excellent stuff. Murray still won't make the bench though.
     
  19. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    but I want to find out what happens when you buy any 12 pack?!
     
  20. ...you're then allowed 5 subs.
    It really couldn't be any simpler, buy any 12 pack and you can use 5 subs. Read the ****ing release, it's all there in black and white....and multicolours.
     
  21. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    Hm, but I don't really have any need for 5 subs at the moment. That's annoying. :(

    Based on the visible part of the picture I was hoping it'd be like a free holiday or something.
     
  22. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Your teeth rot away.
     
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  23. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    You'd think, though on the other hand, the better players on the weaker teams won't be able to play 9 whole games in a month neither, obviously they'll have less in reserve, but it does give opportunities to them to rest their key players if they're, say, 0-3 down with 10 mins to go
     
  24. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    Dan Phillips to get more of a look-in?
     
  25. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    I hope we do start to be more comfortable in games now so that we can take the likes of Sarr off for a breather every now and again. Not that we got him nearly as involved in some games as we should have after the restart last season, but I was constantly terrified at the prospect of Sarr getting injured with so many games in quick succession
     
  26. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Warnock was saying on the radio earlier that he has only been able to name 6 subs as it is and they didn’t want it. He said it will only benefit basically the three relegated teams.

    It’s only going to be a benefit if we use it well, Vlad has made some odd subs, like Chalobah coming in to play in defence for example, hopefully this alters they way he approaches making subs.
     
  27. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    And we keep players fit - we didn't have that great a bench at the start of the season.
     
  28. IRB

    IRB THe artist formally know as ImRonBurgundy?

    Warnock will moan about anything, its his standard routine. Ian Holloway was the same
     
  29. Forzainglese

    Forzainglese Reservist

    He 's probably just getting his excuses in ahead of the game.
     
  30. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Begovic developing an impressive receding hairline/bald patch combo.
    Muff 0 Reading 1
     
  31. TomWatfordFC

    TomWatfordFC First Year Pro

    Don't know if we should be celebrating that goal or not. On the one hand, a draw would seem to suit us, but on the other, are Reading really going to be at the top come the end of the season? Probably not. In that case, Reading winning would be the best outcome.
     
  32. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I was thinking the same thing.
    Reassuring the see Lerma falling over thin air in an attempt to win a penalty.
     
  33. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    TBH The fact we are 2nd without playing that well shows how inconsistent this league and how you don't really need to be that good to win games.
     
  34. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Awful game, pretty similar to our game against Bournemouth actually, they’ve got all the possession but not doing an awful lot with it.
     
  35. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Reservist

    2-0 Reading. If only Foster hadn't punched the ball or ref added on too much time.... still, win today and we (as it stands), still go a point behind reading.
     

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