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Match Preview: Watford v Norwich City

6 July 2020

Norwich City travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in Matchweek 34 of the Premier League on Tuesday evening (6pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a closer look at the Hornets fortunes during Project Restart, examines who will be the man in the middle, and provides details on how supporters can follow the action live from home.

The opposition

Football returned to Watford in dramatic fashion just over two weeks ago as Craig Dawson salvaged a point against Leicester City with a stoppage time overhead kick.

Since then, Nigel Pearson’s side have failed to build on that point, losing three games in a row against Burnley, Southampton and Chelsea.

The goals have also dried up, only a Jan Bednarek own goal in Saints’ 3-1 win at Hertfordshire going in Watford’s favour since the restart.

That leaves them sitting precariously above the relegation zone, with City, AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa all failing to close the gap, while West Ham United build up steam ahead of them.

Three points for Norwich could give them the faintest glimmer of hope, while Tuesday’s game looks like a must-win for Watford.

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Head-to-head

Since 1921, there have been 42 Norwich wins, 28 Watford wins and 29 draws in the meetings between the two sides.

Our previous visit to Vicarage Road saw us defeated 2-0 in the Premier League thanks to goals from Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo during the 2015-16 season.

Last time we met this season, goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray secured a 2-0 win for a Watford side then managed by Quique Sanchez Flores.

Ref watch

Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the referee for Tuesday’s game, with Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn acting as his assistants.

This season, Taylor has taken charge of 40 matches in all competitions, handing out 171 yellow cards and eight reds in the process.

Martin Atkinson and Constantine Hatzidakis will be overseeing VAR.

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How to follow

For UK-based supporters, the match is being broadcast on Sky Sports and Pick (freeview channel 11).

For supporters around the world, the game is being broadcast in multiple countries. For a list of channels and timing, click here.

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more information, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.


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