20/09/2017

Confirmed | Hornets In India 

The Hornets are delighted to confirm their attendance at Premier League Live, to take place on October 14-15 in Bengaluru, South India. 

Thousands of fans will gather to watch Premier League matches live, including the Golden Boys' hosting of Arsenal on Saturday October 14. 

Local supporters will get the chance to get up close to the Hornets like never before, as well as Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City at each club’s dedicated zone. The free to attend two-day event will give fans the chance to celebrate their passion for the game and enjoy a fun, interactive Premier League experience. 

Official club zones will feature activities such as walkthrough experiences, photo opportunities with mascots and former players, club memorabilia and the chance to remember some of the finest moments in each club’s history.
 
Premier League Champion Alan Shearer will be joined by former Manchester City stars Paul Dickov and Shay Given who will meet with fans and help preview the weekend’s live match action.  Former Hornet John Barnes will join TV presenters Manish Bhasin and Seema Jaswal to present the weekend’s live action that will be broadcast on a giant screen. More players and clubs will be announced ahead of next month’s event. 

Other activities at Premier League Live will include:

·    Live entertainment - live screening of five Premier League matches and local music acts and DJs

·    Premier League 360 – through Virtual Reality headsets fans can experience the excitement of a Premier League matchday. From arriving at the stadium to the players stepping onto the pitch to the roar of the crowds

·    The Kick Lab – fans can measure their kicking speed and accuracy and compare with Premier League players

·    Striker Sprint – invites fans to sprint the length of a specially made track, avoiding obstacles to finish in the fastest time possible

·    Premier League Trophy Tour – an immersive zone that gives fans an educational and entertaining Premier League experience and the opportunity for a photo with the Premier League Trophy

·    My Premier League – photo booths that will create your own personalised Topps playing card

·    Shirt names and numbers – fans can bring their official club shirt to be printed with a Premier League player’s name - for free. 
  
Fans should pre-register for Premier League Live Bengaluru at www.premierleague.com/pl-live and admission on the day will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more about details about the event here

19/09/2017

FPL Review | Gameweek 5

By Sachin Dholakia

It was a difficult week for Watford fans as they saw the Hornets on the wrong end of a 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City in Gameweek 5.

For the first time this season, no Watford player picked up more than 2 points while the defenders all scored negatively for goals conceded. Jose Holebas (-2) was a particularly affected having received a yellow card.  

Six goals meant big points for Manchester City players, and they mostly came through the excellent Sergio Aguero (20) who scored a hat-trick, bagged an assist and took home the 3 bonus points to boot. Nicolas Otamendi (12) also got on the scoresheet, and after a successive run of starts, could be worth transferring in for City’s easier run of games.

With a run of away games for the Golden Boys in coming weeks, the focus could turn from defence to attack. Richarlison (£6.0) again looks to be the best value with uncertainty over who will start over Andre Gray (£6.4) and Troy Deeney (£6.4).
 

It was a mixed week for FPL's most popular captains, as Aguero (20) and Lukaku (12) scored heavily in their respective wins. Despite rattling the crossbar, Harry Kane (2) struggled to get past a resilient Swansea, ensuring Tottenham’s winless Premier League run at Wembley continued. Lukasz Fabianski (11) profited from this however to be the week’s highest scoring keeper.

Elsewhere, Manchester United's Antonio Valencia (15) smashed in a screamer to open the scoring against Everton, while Matt Ritchie (11) and Steven Davis (11) fared
well for Newcastle and Southampton respectively.

Standings

There were plenty of changes at the top of the Watford global league as Ray Charles took the lead with 354 points. Ben Picton was the highest new entry into the top 10 with an outstanding 126 points in the week after an audacious triple captain on Sergio Aguero. Congratulations if you made the top 10.
 


Tip of the week

Look out for players in the wrong positions. If a player is classed as a defender or midfielder on the game but is actually more attacking, this provides a good opportunity to pick up additional points. Examples include Stoke’s Choupo-Moting and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who have recently been playing up front for their respective sides yet still obtain 5 points for each goal scored.  

Players To Watch

1) Wayne Rooney (Everton, £7.5) will lead the line for Everton for an easier run of games after an especially difficult start to the season. Good budget option to complement having two highly-priced strikers.

2) Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal, £5.4) has returned to the Arsenal starting line-up after a period of uncertainty over a move away from the Emirates. Impressed against Chelsea and should start again for favourable fixtures in weeks ahead.

3) David Silva (Manchester City, £8.3) has been pulling the strings for Aguero and Jesus with four assists already this season. A game against winless Crystal Palace provides the opportunity for more damage to be done.