First Team 12/01/2019

Emirates FA Cup: Newcastle/Blackburn Date Confirmed


The Hornets' trip to either Newcastle or Blackburn in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round will be played on Saturday January 26 at 3pm.

Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults, with a concessionary price also available. Club coach travel will cost £10 per person and will depart Greenhill Crescent at 6am for Newcastle or 7am for Blackburn.

The allocation available to travelling Watford fans will be at least 6,000, regardless of the opponent.

Tickets will go on sale on the following dates:

Wednesday January 16, 4pm
- Away Group A

Thursday January 17, 10am
- Away Groups A & B

Thursday January 17, 4pm
- Away Groups A, B & C

Friday January 18, 10am
- Away Groups A, B, C & D

Friday January 18, 4pm
- General sale

Further details and arrangements will follow in due course.

Watford have been drawn away to either Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The two sides are set for a replay at Ewood Park on Tuesday January 15, having drawn the initial tie 1-1 at St James' Park on Saturday.

The fourth round fixture will be played over the weekend of January 25-28.

First Team 11/01/2019

Match Preview: Foster On Palace Trip

Having played for Roy Hodgson at international level, Ben Foster knows all about the threat the former England manager’s Crystal Palace side will pose Watford this weekend.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Hornets’ Premier League trip to Selhurst Park, Foster - who also worked under Hodgson at West Brom - said: “Obviously I’ve played for Roy and his teams in general are more about the team, having a strong, set, organised team. That’s how he sets his teams up and he always will do.

“So we know that they’re going to be organised, they’re going to have a strong defence and big lads as well. They’ve also got the new goalkeeper [Vicente Guaita], who’s done really well lately.

“But we don’t really spend too much time looking at individuals. We won’t go singling players out, it’s more about how they play and move as a team, and we will try and combat that.”

One Palace player who the Hornets will have to pay close attention to on Saturday is Wilfried Zaha, and Foster believes the ex-Manchester United attacker to be a real danger-man, despite not hitting his usual heights in the return fixture at Vicarage Road back in August.

“As a goalkeeper he’s one of those who, if he gets a second to take a shot, he’s taking that shot no matter where he is. He could be 40 yards out and you can see he’s trying to look for the goal,” he said.

“He needs very little back lift. He’s one of those who can put all sorts of weird movements on the ball and as a goalie you don’t really enjoy that sort of player.

“But we played against them earlier in the season at our place and beat them 2-1, and I think for the majority of the game we had him under wraps. He scored the one chance he got, which is fair play, but I think the team we played that day dealt with them.”

Click HERE for all the Watford team news ahead of the Crystal Palace match.