‘Welcome Back to the Premier League Mr Hiddink’ – Chelsea vs. Watford, 26-12-15

Predicted XI’s

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Diego Costa

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Holebas, Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney

Well what a 10 days it has been if you are a Chelsea fan. After seeing the ‘Happy One’ leave last week, Stamford Bridge last weekend against Sunderland became the nation’s most public Christmas pantomime as the Matthew Harding Stand booed their villains and chanted the name of their own personal messiah. For any manager watching in the stands and waiting in the wings to take over it would have made for quite an unsettling experience but Guus Hiddink has been here before. It was back in 2009 that Guus saved the day the first time, taking over from ‘Big Phil’ Scolari after Mourinho’s faithful lieutenants on the pitch decided he wasn’t the man to lead their team any longer. This is a very different atmosphere however for the Dutchman the second time around. Continue reading “‘Welcome Back to the Premier League Mr Hiddink’ – Chelsea vs. Watford, 26-12-15”

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‘The Pozzo Package Surprises’ – Watford vs. Liverpool, 20/12/15

Predicted XI’s

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Aké, Jurado, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Lallanna, Origi, Ibe

5 days before Christmas and Watford sit 2 places better off than Liverpool, with an extra victory and a better goal difference. Admittedly they have only won one more, and have a better goal difference by one, it nonetheless emphases the impressive start Watford and especially Quique Sanchez Flores has made to the Premier League season.

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‘A Bigger Game for Villa than Watford’ – Aston Villa vs. Watford, 28/11/15

Predicted XI’s

Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Clark, Lescott, Veretout, Westwood, Sanchez, Gil, Gestede, Ayew

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Anya, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Aké, Deeney, Ighalo

Oh how a manager can see two very differing sides to the same team. Rémi Garde must have seen a light at the end of the tunnel after Villa’s 0-0 draw against Man City but Saturday’s performance against Everton would have undoubtedly proved that the City game was a false dawn. Villa were atrocious against an in-form Everton side. Already 5 points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, they are a team on a dreadful run of form and at risk of already been cut off.

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