English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 23 February at 1.15 AM IST
Stadium: Cardiff City
Free English Premier League Picks Watford vs Cardiff City
Watford travel to Cardiff City on Matchday 27 in the Premier League this Friday night. The host are safe from the relegation zone as of now; one point ahead of Southampton. A win here for Neil Warnock’s side against Watford would make them safe for at least another game. Watford has been resilient at the back in recent fixtures; Javi Garcia’s team has managed to keep clean sheets against Everton (1-0) in the Premier League, and an away narrow win against QPR in the FA Cup. The Bluebird have lost just one of their last six home league meetings with Watford (W4 D1), though it was the last such match in December 2014 (2-4). Watford had won the reserve fixture and would be looking to do a double over Cardiff City since the 2005-06 season when they were in the Championship. A victory here for Watford would see them past Wolves – that’s if Wolves lose to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Cardiff City’s main aim would be to stay in the Premier League for next season, and so far veteran manager Neil Warnock has done the job until now of keeping them safe. But no one would argue that The Bluebirds have kept it late – 3 victories have come from 90th minute goal in each of those games. Narrow wins are always sweet but you’re living on the edge throughout the match, but they face a team who can expose the defence. Cardiff are looking to win three consecutive top-flight league games for the first time since February 1961. Warnock would be aware of the Hornets defence; this will be his 38th meeting against Watford in all competitions (W13 D7 L17), making them the club he’s faced the most in his managerial career. The Bluebird’s will be tested in their upcoming fixtures against Everton (H), and away to Wolves which would be a tough game for them, although they did beat them in the reverse fixture. If they can somehow salvage a point each against Watford and Everton at home, that would prepare them well for the Wolves game.
Etienne Capoue’s lone strike helped the Hornets reach quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The Watford player scored a clinical volley just before the half, and that was enough for Javi Garcia’s side to reach the last eight of the competition. Coming back to the Premier League, it’s not an easy game for Watford; if they’re to win they’ll have at their very best. Since coming back into the Premier League, the club’s objective wasn’t just to survive in the league; the goals for the managers have been evident that they need to keep improving from where they were. Those ambitions have allowed the Watford team to play well above their potentials. Abdoulaye Doucoure has been a critical figure in the squad – in 10 Watford Premier League victories this season have come with him being in the starting 11; with the Hornets failing to win all four games the Frenchman has not started (D3 L1).
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Watford have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Premier League games as many as they had in their last 21 in the competition
No team has scored more 90th-minute goals in the Premier League this season than Cardiff (5)
21% of Cardiff’s Premier League goals this season have been scored by their substitutes (5/24), the highest ratio in the division
Cardiff City 1 – 1 Watford