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WATFORD PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

11:00 23rd September 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

A look ahead to Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Watford

WATFORD v NORWICH CITY
Capital One Cup Third Round
19.45 kick-off
Vicarage Road
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

THE Canaries have a chance to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat against Aston Villa when they take on Watford in the Third Round of the Capital One Cup at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

City defeated Bury 6-3 at Carrow Road in August to reach this stage, while the Hornets saw off the challenges of Bristol Rovers and Bournemouth in the rounds one and two respectively.

Gianfranco Zola’s men have won their last two in the Championship, including a 5-1 thrashing of Barnsley at the weekend, and are currently sitting nicely in the division’s play-off positions.

They could well have been a Premier League opponent for the Canaries this season, though, having been beaten by Crystal Palace in the play-off final back in May.

Norwich lead the head-to-head record between the two sides, winning 38 of their 93 meetings – Watford have won 26, with the remaining 29 games ending all square.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Watford 2-2 NORWICH CITY 12/04/2011 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 2-3 Watford 06/08/2010 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 2-0 Watford 13/04/2009 – Championship
Watford 2-1 NORWICH CITY 10/12/2008 – Championship
Watford 1-1 NORWICH CITY 04/03/2008 – Championship

LAST TIME AROUND… Watford 2-2 Norwich City April 12 2011 - Championship
THE Canaries earned a point on their last visit to Vicarage Road en route to promotion from the Championship back in 2011.

Wolves loanee Sam Vokes fired City into the lead after just two minutes, but first half goals from Danny Graham and Don Cowie gave them the advantage at the break.

Simeon Jackson was introduced as a second half substitute and netted the equaliser, but the point saw Paul Lambert’s men temporarily drop out of the automatic promotions spots behind Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.

Lambert said afterwards: “I thought the second half was all us. It was a big, big effort from us and it could be a big, big point.

“I never have to question their commitment and desire to win a game. We had a really hard game at the weekend, so even though we’d have liked to have won, we’ll take a point.”

HORNETS FORM…
W – 5-1 v Barnsley (A) 21/09/2013 – Championship
W – 2-1 v Doncaster Rovers (H) 17/09/2013 – Championship
D – 1-1 v Charlton Athletic (H) 14/09/2013 – Championship
L – 0-1 v Blackpool (A) 31/08/2013 – Championship
W – 2-0 v Bournemouth (H) 28/08/2013 – Capital One Cup Second Round

CANARIES FORM…
L – 0-1 v Aston Villa (H) 21/09/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 14/09/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Southampton (H) 31/08/2013 – Premier League
W – 6-3 v Bury (H) 27/08/2013 – Capital One Cup Second Round
L – 0-1 v Hull City (A) 24/08/2013 – Premier League

LAST WATFORD XI (3-5-2 v Barnsley)…
Manuel Almunia; Marco Cassetti, Gabrielle Angella, Lloyd Doyley; Marco Faraoni, Ikechi Anya, Iriney, Sean Murray, Lewis McGugan; Fernando Forestieri, Troy Deeney.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Aston Villa)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (c), Michael Turner, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Nathan Redmond; Johan Elmander; Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

REFEREE – Stephen Martin…
Stephen Martin takes charge of a game involving Norwich City for the first time at Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening.

Staffordshire official Martin has mainly refereed in the lower leagues in his career so far, and has taken charge of six matches so far this season, including in each of the previous rounds of the Capital One Cup.

His most recent outing was when he officiated Coventry City’s 2-0 League One win over Colchester United on September 8.

CAPITAL ONE CUP THIRD ROUND FIXTURES
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Hull City v Huddersfield Town
Leicester City v Derby County
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
Southampton v Bristol City
Sunderland v Peterborough United
Swindon Town v Chelsea
WATFORD v NORWICH CITY
West Ham United v Cardiff City
Fulham v Everton (20.00)
Birmingham City v Swansea City (Wednesday, 19.45)
Manchester United v Liverpool (Wednesday, 19.45)
Newcastle United v Leeds United (Wednesday, 19.45)
Tranmere Rovers v Stoke City (Wednesday, 19.45)
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal (Wednesday, 20.00)

















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