Watford FC 1-0 West Bromwich Albion - 03/03/2018

Discussion in 'Match Day' started by Burnsy, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Burnsy

    Burnsy Reservist

    A big game for both clubs this one - would be fairly safe to say that 3 points for us would finally bury any lingering doubts of being dragged into a relegation fight that will get messy over the coming weeks, whilst 3 points for them would at least give them a spark of hope. Anything less though and I think everyone else around the bottom half is fighting it out over 2 relegation places, rather than 3.

    Really hoping for a win in this one as for some irrational reason which I don't even know, I can't stand WBA. Chiles and Pardew don't help.

    With Gracia's home form since arriving and their nondescript efforts in recent weeks, can only see a comfortable home win.

    Also - whats the one sport you really can't stand? I'll open with Snooker....
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  2. cleehorn

    cleehorn Reservist

    Golf & 1-1
  3. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever First Year Pro

    If ever there was a slip up fixture this is it. They are fighting for their lives & will try every dirty trick in the book, it will be brutal & at least one sending off. Don't Watford supporters never learn.

    2-0 Watford.

  4. Roger Irrelevant

    Roger Irrelevant Reservist

    5-2 Watford

    Rugby Union.
  5. lutonh8a

    lutonh8a Reservist

    I wouldn't be that disappointed with a draw. They will have to actually come out and win the game instead of playing like their usual boring selves and in an open battle I think we have the edge as long as we don't give too many set pieces away.
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  6. 3000

    3000 Reservist

    I’m so grateful we have never been one of those clubs that appoint that everescent circuit of mediaocre managers that do the rounds each season, Pardew is firmly placed in that group.

    Curling. Anyone could do it. Just let the other person go first then knock their one out the way. It’s not a sport.
  7. Steve Leo Beleck

    Steve Leo Beleck Squad Player

    Had almost finished a match preview but then stopped for dinner and a thread appeared in the meantime. Anyway, here it is for those who give a ****.


    Saturday sees Vicarage Road playing host to Pardageddon - the one match Alan Pardew has to save his job at the struggling Baggies, anything less than a victory and he's likely to be packing his bags come Saturday evening. Pardew is one of those strange types of British managers who is forever popping up at different Premier League jobs without any noticeable success at any of them. Even more bizarre than the willingness of Premier League owners to employ him, is the lack of identity that goes with the teams he creates. Most other British managers, you know exactly what you're getting: Tony Pulis - long ball and set pieces; Mark Hughes - time wasting and gamesmanship; Big Fat Sam - Pulis but less emphasis on set pieces; Eddie Howe - diving, moderately attractive football and more diving. But what is a Pardew team? They don't seem to be overly attacking or defensive, neither particularly long ball nor good at passing. They're just.... nothing teams really. The man himself is equally as difficult to define - one minute he's dancing like your drunk dad at a wedding, the next he's trying to nut someone over a throw in.

    As if his own managerial mediocrity wasn't enough of a hindrance, he's taken over a classic Pulis Land of the Giants Squad consisting of ten centre backs, twelve defensive midfielders and Salomon Rondon. Incredibly, West Brom actually won their first two games of the season, but have only recorded one victory in the subsequent 26. "Pards" took over from Pulis at the end of November, picking up his sole win in 17 games at home to Brighton.

    Being bottom of the table was bad enough, but West Brom have also had to deal with four of their senior players joyriding around Barcelona in the early hours on a mid season break, an episode which pushed Isaac Success' Baileys and hookers romp down into second place in the "Premier League Players are Complete Morons Awards 2017/18". It's hard not to feel some sympathy for West Brom fans - after being subjected to a few years of Pulisball, they could hardly have thought it would get worse. Then you remember that they sold us Nathan Ellington...


    Early team news à la Hertfordshire Mercury - several players are out injured and some might make it back apart from the ones that won't. Deulofeu is a big doubt, and it will be rubbish but completely in keeping with our season if he's now out for a few weeks. Hopefully Hughes might make it back onto at least the bench (or preferably ahead of Pereyra in the starting line up). Was great to see Femenia scampering up and down the wing on Saturday but he looked like he had a problem towards the end of the game. I'd start Gomes for this game - Karnezis is smaller and stays rooted to his line when crosses come in, and repeatedly sticking it the mixer seems like their best chance of scoring.

    Anyway, West Brom are adrift at the bottom, in dreadful form and have the appearance of a club in turmoil. Had Silva been in charge I'm pretty sure we'd have lost this, with a couple of goals from set pieces as our defence played statues along the six yard box, and Femenia tried to man mark McAuley, Hegazi and Evans all at once. With Gracia in charge, I'm more hopeful we'll send Pardew on his way and get revenge for his Palace team denying us a cup final appearance...
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2018
  8. ITK platypus

    ITK platypus Reservist

    We do not need to win this to banish lingering relegation fears. There are no relegation fears, we are 250/1 on to stay up.

    We are 4 points off a potential European spot, that should be our only concern now.
  9. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Paul Tierney is the referee for this weekend. Here's a list of his last two match appointments at the Vic:

    Watford v West Brom (15/16)
    Watford v West Brom (16/17)
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  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Academy Graduate

    Agreed this has the look of potential banana skin but I'm going for a Watford win, there seems to be something rotten at West Brom but that just might be Pardew.

    Watford 2 - 0 WBA, taxi for the Baggies.

    American Football.
  11. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever First Year Pro

    Here's a link to the respective WBA matchday forum if anyone is interested. They are not exactly hopeful.


    Don't really understand the complete & utter doom (yet), there are still 30 points to play for, yes its completely uphill for them but is certainly possible especially seeing how poor/close the bottom half of the table is this season. 2 wins & they would be back in amongst it. I recall Sunderland pulling themselves out of an even more precarious situation a few seasons ago.
  12. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Barcelona is the most overrated city in Europe. A real rancid dump. Gaudi is total ***** an all. Ohhh look, I've made a building look all wonky. **** off eh.

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  13. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    Frank skinner is a grade a **** too.

    1-0 watford

    Formula one is a boring wankfest for intensely dull people who like things that throb loudly.

    I would rather have my tongue beaten wafer thin with a croquet mallet than watch that ****
  14. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard Squad Player

    Put out the kids, we're already safe to lets embarass these ***** by smashing them 5 0 with the youth team. Oh, and Deeney, just to upset some of our fans.
  15. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

  16. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    The Black Country men also in the Watford is in London camp.

    Anyway, most Brummies are paid up glass half empty merchants.

    If WBA were leading the table by 15 points, they would be chewing over the certainty of a L*t*n style points deduction.

    Ping pong.

    Table tennis was a splendidly athletic & engrossing sport.

    ‘Ping pong’ is barely a pastime.
  17. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    FS is surprisingly good on Portrait Artist of the Year & has forged an unlikely partnership with the fragrant Joan Bakewell.

    Agree on F1.

    Any intel on Lewis Hamilton’s footballing allegiances?
  18. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    From our lofty position, isn’t this where we say: “We should be beating the likes of these”?

  19. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    I predict another Nyom meltdown.


    Golf, I can understand why some people like to play it, but watching it on TV must be horrendously tedious yet some people like to go and stand in a muddy and blustery field and see about 5% of the action. Mugs
  20. hornetgags

    hornetgags McMuff's lovechild

    0-0 draw with Deeney missing 2 penalties and blocking an open goal when Richis shoots.

    Basketball...what is the fecking point of it.
  21. jw-

    jw- Reservist

    Gracia has to start with Deeney and Okaka surely? Deeney on his own would probably be the best case scenario for West Brom's defense.

    Bring on Gray once Okaka tires after 20mins.
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  22. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    If the players want Pardew to stay, they might nick a point.

    If, as I suspect, they can’t wait to get rid, they’ll capitulate to us.

    3-0 win.
  23. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever First Year Pro

    Yes, would like to see the starting 11 set up like this definitely.

    Is it me or has Okaka lost weight recently?
  24. Burnsy

    Burnsy Reservist

    I got complimentary tickets for The Open last year - never again. The most boring day at a sporting event I’ve ever been to. And absolutely every single ‘fan’ there wears all the gear as if they are playing. Right down to the shoes and stupid visors. Very odd.
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  25. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Full kit ********
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  26. BusheyOrn

    BusheyOrn First Year Pro

    It's you.
    No he hasn't lost weight :)
    Best off the bench for last 30 mins max.
  27. Meh!

    Meh! Pre-Dictator

    We should win but would definitely settle for a draw. It's a west Ham banana skin waiting to happen again.

    Live I'd agree with golf, rugby union and Cricket.

    Curling has to be up there as a spectator sport live or on tv.

    I've never been to a snooker match because in a silent room my stomach usually annoyingly decides to rumble uncontrollably.
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  28. Johnny Todd Sings

    Johnny Todd Sings Academy Graduate

    This game will be of an even lower standard than Everton. There will be no shots on target. The only entertainment will be the fight between the West Brom players.
    Basketball. I would love to see a 0-0 draw in that. it would be more exciting than the usual game
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  29. Sahorn

    Sahorn Reservist

    Er... putting the ball in the net :D

    Attritional niggly game that could be a repeat of the Stoke debacle.
    It won’t be pretty unless we score first and it opens the game.
    If not, be prepared for fouls galore, time wasting from the tenth minute, mock injuries and frustration boiling over with a good few yellows and maybe a red.

    We score early, 3-0
    We score late, 1-0
    We don’t score, 0-0 o_O
    They won’t score.

    Women’s rugby.
    Nearly all Women’s football. You see a better game down the park.
  30. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    I forgot my least favourite sport. I don’t class snooker as a sport, and don’t understand why it was ever a thing. It’s not a sport if you don’t break sweat. It’s pub pool played on a bigger table with men wearing waistcoats.

    Of actual sports, maybe baseball. There’s nothing to get excited about, and it never ends. Dreadful stuff.
  31. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Heart says we win, head says that they absolutely ruin any chance of a football match breaking out and niggle their way to a horrendous 1-0 win.
  32. Meh!

    Meh! Pre-Dictator

    This. I mean, scoring a couple of points every few seconds but they still cheer every point.

    I was thinking this on the way home from Everton. How the euphoria of football is unlike so many other sports in that there are so few goals that they are so much more celebrated.

    You don't get the utter enjoyment of a 1-0 win in many other sports. Americans will probably call it a boring game. However the highs may be few but because of that they are magnified.
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  33. Chumlax

    Chumlax Reservist

    Felt like it'd be appropriate to copy/paste my response here to someone who made an incredibly similar (essentially identical) argument to yours yesterday, over on the ol' Redditaroo:

    > "That's theoretically true, but in reality what they actually have to do is win 5 or 6 of their last 10 games. It's tight almost throughout the table, and particularly in the battle to avoid relegation, but it's not quite so tight from last spot to those same teams in the upper reaches of trying to avoid getting sucked in. We might be only 6 points above relegation still, but we're a full 13 above West Brom, which is pretty much 3/4's of all the points they've picked up over the course of the season.

    Swansea were dead and buried at Christmas, but Christmas leaves you with half a season to turn that around, and it's not even like they're guaranteed safety yet. West Brom right now are in a very different situation.

    Considering they have only won 3 games all season, would anyone here bet on the possibility that a second manager could come in and double that with a win rate of over 50% in the remaining games? Given that Pardew inspired no dead cat bounce whatsoever when he took over, again, it looks extremely unlikely."
  34. foxywfc

    foxywfc First Year Pro

    Worst sports has to be nascar, who in there right mind likes to watch cars drive around in circles. Followed by other American ***** like basketball and baseball. As for WBA it’s got 0-0 written all over it but as bfs said we have a player in Deeney who can score

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  35. tonycotonstache

    tonycotonstache Reservist

    Wrestling. I mean they call it sport but it's just good choreography. I can't understand why anyone over the age of 10 would watch it without being ashamed of themselves.

    1-0 win bored but almost safe.
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