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CITY v WATFORD: OPPOSITION VIEW

9 May 2016

WATFORD

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

IN FOCUS - QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES
Quique Sanchez Flores responded to more speculation about his future when addressing the media after Sunday's loss at Liverpool.

The Spanish coach has guided Watford to Premier League survival and an FA Cup semi-final in his first season in charge, but rumours persist as to whether he will be in the hotseat at Vicarage Road.

He said: "Speculation in football is normal, rumours are normal and you need to learn to live with these kind of things and sometimes life is ridiculous.


"But it’s under my control and I’m not afraid about anything. Normally I go to the places where I feel, so I can decide my future so I don’t have a problem.

"With a team that’s just been promoted, it's normal to live always under pressure. We avoided that, we got the objective so we need to enjoy. And if the people are not able to enjoy, for me I’m sad for them. But if I remove that I am completely happy."

STAR PLAYER
Troy Deeney has 11 league goals to his name in an impressive first season of top flight football.

Two of those strikes came in the dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road at the end of April - a late double made all the sweeter by the fact that Deeney is a lifelong supporter of Villa's arch rivals Birmingham City.


Brought up in Chelmsley Wood, Deeney was part of the youth set-up at Villa but got his professional break at Walsall, where he was on the books for four seasons.

He joined Watford in the summer of 2010, but in 2012 he was given a ten-month jail sentence after being convicted of affray.

Deeney returned to football in September 2012 and helped fire the Hornets to promotion last season with 21 goals while in tandem with Odion Ighalo.

LAST TIME OUT
Watford were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at Anfield in their Premier League meeting on Sunday.

The Hornets had won 3-0 when the two sides met in the reverse fixture just before Christmas, but this time around Jurgen Klopp's Reds came out on top.


Joe Allen opened the scoring on 35 minutes when he converted Christian Benteke's knock-down from Phillippe Coutinho's cross.

Roberto Firmino put the contest to bed in the second half, with Watford's best opportunities falling to Odion Ighalo - but the Nigerian has only scored one league goal in 2016.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Heurelho Gomes, Rene Gilmartin, Costel Pantilimon.

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

Midfielders: Mata Marios Suarez, Jose Manuel Jurado, Valon Behrami, Adlene Guedioura, Ikechi Anya, Almen Abdi, Ben Watson, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Josh Doherty, Mahlondo Martin, George Byers, Sean Murray.

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



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