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WATFORD v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

19 February 2015

Essential reading on this weekend's hosts

WATFORD

Nickname: The Hornets
Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic
2013/14: 13th
Ground: Vicarage Road
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 116 miles (2 hours 14 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Discovering the golden touch in front of goal has been the catalyst behind Watford winning five of their last six games in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Hornets have found the net 19 times in that cluster of matches, a run that includes Vicarage Road routs of Charlton Athletic (5-0) and Blackpool (7-2).

Ten of those goals have come from the division’s most in-form marksman Odion Ighalo, with the Nigerian’s recent flurry taking him to 15 for the campaign.


After last weekend’s dramatic 4-3 win over Bolton Wanderers, Watford are fifth in the table and well within touch of leaders Middlesbrough.

That is despite an extraordinary period of change earlier in the season that saw Giuseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia and Billy McKinlay all occupy and then vacate the managerial hotseat.

They have no former Norwich City players in their squad, although Sebastien Bassong had a loan spell there earlier this season; he made 11 appearances in the league.
 



THE BOSS

Ex-Chelsea player Slavisa Jokanovic was named as Watford’s fourth permanent manager of the season in October 2014.

The 46-year-old, who spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge between 2000 and 2002, has brought stability and results to Vicarage Road since replacing Billy McKinlay.

This is the Serbian’s first managerial post in English football having previously plied his trade with Partizan Belgrade, Muangthong United, Levski Sofia and most recently Hercules.


Jokanovic was born in Novi Sad – the Serbian city twinned with Norwich – and would go on to earn 64 caps for his native country, then Yugoslavia, as a combative defensive midfielder.

He spent the majority of his playing days there and in Spain, where he represented Real Oviedo, Tenerife and Deportivo La Coruna in the 1990s.

His standout managerial achievement to date is his guiding of Partizan to the national ‘double double’ between 2007 and 2009.

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THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Heurelho Gomes, Jonathan Bond, Rene Gilmartin.

Defenders: Gabrielle Angella, Joel Ekstrand, Miguel Layun, Lloyd Doyley, Juan Carlos Paredes, Craig Cathcart, Vujadin Savic, Daniel Pudil, Tommie Hoban.

Midfielders: Gianni Munari, Daniel Tozser, Sean Murray, Ikechi Anya, Almen Abdi, Ben Watson, Josh Doherty, Connor Smith, George Byers.

Forwards: Troy Deeney (c), Fernando Forestieri, Matej Vydra, Odion Ighalo.

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