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WATFORD v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

3 December 2015

WATFORD
 
Nickname: The Hornets
Manager: Quique Sanchez Flores
2014-15: 2nd (Sky Bet Championship)
Ground: Vicarage Road

SANCHEZ FLORES ON CITY
Norwich City are a 'very competitive' team who have 'adapted really well' to the Premier League, according to Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Spaniard highlighted City's change in approach that has served them well in recent weeks.

"We analysed Norwich and we found a very tough team, who drew against a very big team in Arsenal in their last game," said the 50-year-old.



"They have adapted really well to the Premier League this year. Sometimes you have to change something with respect to the style you use. If your team is very competitive you can fight against every single team.

"In this moment they are a very competitive team, they are very compact and they play with a strong block, so we need to think very well about what we want to do."

STAR PLAYER
No player in English football's top four divisions has scored more league goals in 2015 than Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian striker has been a revelation since signing from Italian outfit Udinese in the summer of 2014.

 

His opening strike against Aston Villa last Saturday was his eighth of this campaign, taking his tally for the calendar year to 24 - a total equalled only by Harry Kane.

The 26-year-old got his break in European football in Norway with Lyn before his form resulted in a move to Serie A in 2008. His prolific record in 2015 earned him his bow for the Nigeria senior team in March, and he has since gone on to earn seven caps.

LAST TIME OUT
The Hornets picked up their fifth win of the Premier League season by beating bottom club Aston Villa 3-2 last weekend.

Odion Ighalo put the visitors ahead at Villa Park when he poked beyond Brad Guzan after 17 minutes.



Micah Richards headed Aston Villa level four minutes before that half-time, but Alan Hutton's own goal re-established Watford's lead with just over 20 minutes left on the clock.

Former Villa trainee Troy Deeney scored their third five minutes from the end, meaning Jordan Ayew's late strike was just a consolation goal for Remi Garde's beleaguered men.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers:  Heurelho Gomes, Rene Gilmartin, Giedrius Arlauskis.

Defenders: Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Sebastian Prodl, Joel Ekstrand, Lloyd Doyley, Juan Carlos Paredes, Craig Cathcart, Nathan Ake, Essaid Belkalem, Jorell Johnson, Tommie Hoban, Alfie Young.

Midfielders: Jose Manuel Jurado, Valon Behrami, Adlene Guedioura, Ikechi Anya, Almen Abdi, Ben Watson, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Alessandro Diamanti, Lloyd Dyer, Josh Doherty, Mahlondo Martin, George Byers.

Attackers: Troy Deeney (c), Obbi Oulare, Victor Ibarbo, Steven Berghuis, Odion Ighalo, Bernard Mensah, Alex Jakubiak, Dennon Lewis.

 

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