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Match preview: Watford v Norwich City

25 December 2020

On the road for their Boxing Day fixture, Norwich City travel to Watford as they look to maintain their impressive start to the Sky Bet Championship season on Saturday (7:45pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a look at Watford’s season so far, the officials in charge of the match, and how you can follow the action live from home.

The opposition

Having been relegated from the Premier League with Bournemouth and the Canaries, Watford were expected to be right at the top of the table, competing for their place back in the topflight.

It wasn’t a surprise to many that the Hornets are doing just that, sitting fifth with 34 points, four behind the Cherries who are in second-place.

However, the future is a mystery for Watford, who now have a new manager after sacking Vladimir Ivic just four months into his role at the Hornets.

Xisco Munoz now takes the helm at Watford, his first permanent managerial role ever, having only been assistant and caretaker manager of Georgian football club Dinamo Tbilisi.

Due to make his managerial debut for the Hornets against the Canaries, Munoz will be looking to start off brightly with what would be a massive three points in Watford's promotion chase.

Head-to-head

In the 100 meetings between Norwich and Watford since 1921, there have been 42 Norwich wins, 29 Watford wins and 29 draws.

The Hornets will have a great memory of the last time they hosted the Canaries at Vicarage Road, Danny Welbeck’s overhead kick giving Watford all three points in the closing stages of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

City last beat Watford at Vicarage Road back in February 2015, when Lewis Grabban found a brace and Cameron Jerome neatly finished all within 20 minutes of each other in the second-half.

Ref watch

John Brooks has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s game, Akil Howson and Adrian Waters his assistants and Gavin Ward the fourth official.

Brooks last saw over a Norwich game for our 2-2 draw at home to Preston North End earlier this season, when Przemyslaw Placheta scored late on to secure the Canaries a point.

How to follow

Because the match has been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK, no match passes are being sold for this fixture. It's also not able to be viewed as part of any existing international passes or subscriptions.

However, audio passes for the game remain available to purchase here. Owing to Watford being in the government’s Tier 4 COVID restriction area, BBC Radio Norfolk will not be present at this fixture. Commentary on the club’s iFollow service for this fixture will be provided by BBC Three Counties.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on TwitterFacebook and Instagram will provide regular updates.

To learn more about the variety of passes on offer to supporters this season, click here. If you have any questions around our iFollow service, please check out answers to some FAQs here. Alternatively, please email ifollow@efl.com.


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