First Team 14/06/2019

Official: Sportsbet.io Becomes New Front Of Shirt Sponsor

Watford FC is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement with Coingaming for its sport betting brand, Sportsbet.io, to become the club’s new front of shirt partner from the beginning of the 2019/20 season.

Not only is it the club’s largest ever sponsorship deal but it is the first Premier League shirt front deal signed by a company who are known for their block chain technology and cryptocurrency expertise. As a club that strives to innovate and do things differently, we are delighted to be working with Sportsbet.io on their first Premier League partnership.

Sportsbet.io have chosen Watford FC to be their only Premier League shirt partner as they push the brand to a global audience. As an indication of the brand’s commitment to collaboration and creativity, we are delighted to reveal that they have changed the colours of their logo to seamlessly integrate with our home kit in 2019/20.

With the company being run by committed sport lovers, this desire to consider the club and the fans will always be at the forefront of Sportsbet.io’s thinking. In this regard, Watford FC will be working closely with Sportsbet.io’s talented team in Estonia to develop activation initiatives in a range of international markets and we look forward to the benefits that this will bring the club over the next 12 months. In particular, Watford FC and Sportsbet.io will work together to launch a number of initiatives that will delight our most ardent supporters.

Spencer Field, Global Strategy & Partnerships Director of Watford FC, said: “This is an important year for the club as we aim to improve on a fantastic season both on and off the pitch in 2018/19.

“Our desire to increase our global reach while continuing to make our fans proud by doing things differently in the Watford way is fully supported by Sportsbet.io.

“We are thrilled to have found a partner that matches our ethos by looking to disrupt the betting industry and offer their customers a fun, fast and fair experience.

Justin Le Brocque, Head of Sportsbook Marketing at Sportsbet.io, said: “The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world, so we are absolutely delighted to announce a major sponsorship deal with one of its most celebrated teams.

“Like Watford, Sportsbet.io knows no borders in its efforts to bring fun, fast and fair entertainment and excellence to a truly global audience. We are both looking to disrupt more established competitors and need to be creative in the way we approach this challenge.

“We share the club’s desire to combine passion and innovation to reach the top, and we look forward to doing everything we can to support Watford next season and beyond.”

Regarding sponsorship of the Ladies’ team, Justin Le Brocque said “We’re very proud. Equality and diversity is embedded in Sportsbet.io’s ethos, so we’ll be looking to make that message clear as we involve ourselves fully right across the club.”

He added: “It’s exciting to think we can play a supporting role in the success of both of the club’s most senior teams.”

First Team 13/06/2019

Fixtures 2019/20: Brighton Up First Again!

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Provisional 2019/20 fixture list PDF

Sync your online calendar with all the club’s 2019/20 fixtures. Dates and times will be automatically updated whenever matches are moved, and you can also add home and away ticket on-sale dates as well as Watford FC Ladies fixtures. 

PROVISIONAL FIXTURES

Please note: fixture dates & midweek kick-off times are subject to change.

OVERVIEW

For the second year running, Watford will commence their Premier League campaign with a home match against Brighton.

The Seagulls - who were defeated 2-0 at Vicarage Road on the opening day of 2018/19 - will be the first visitors as 2019/20 gets underway on Saturday August 10.

The Hornets' opening away-day will take them to Everton a week later (Saturday August 17), with home games against West Ham (Saturday August 24) and Arsenal (Saturday September 14) - sandwiched by a trip to Newcastle (Saturday August 31) - completing the campaign's first five games.

Watford's maiden visit to Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium will take place on Saturday October 19.

A typically busy Christmas schedule will begin with Manchester United's visit to The Vic (Saturday December 21), followed by a trip to newly-promoted Sheffield United on Boxing Day (Thursday December 26). Aston Villa (Saturday December 28) and Wolves (Wednesday January 1) will then both head to Hertfordshire.

With a first ever mid-season player break scheduled for February, Watford will have to wait until mid-December - when UK broadcast picks are made for that month - to learn whether the Brighton away fixture will be played over the weekend of Saturday February 8 or Saturday February 15, with the 10 Premier League matches split 50-50 and all set to be broadcast live in the UK.

The Hornets' final home game will be against current champions Manchester City (Saturday May 9), before 2019/20 concludes at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium (Sunday May 17).

BROADCAST DATES

Broadcasters will make their selections for live TV fixtures on the following approximate dates:

*August to September: July 5
October: August 6 
November: September 16 
December to January: October 11
February: December 14 
March: January 24 
April: February 21 
May: April 3 
(Round 38 matches selected after all clubs have played 37 matches)

*TV selections for Matchweek 1 have already been confirmed, meaning the Brighton home game will definitely be played on Saturday August 10 at 3pm.