First Team 05/04/2018

Home & Away | Burnley

A look at two memorable previous encounters between Watford and Burnley ahead of Saturday's match.

Watford 3

Burnley 0

January 27, 2009, Championship

Vicarage Road

Jobi McAnuff opened the scoring for the Golden Boys

Tamás Priskin scored a brace after coming off the bench as Watford cruised to a 3-0 victory at The Vic against the Clarets.

Jobi McAnuff had got the Hornets off to a great start, getting on the end of a Will Hoskins cross to score in the first minute.

Burnley had chances of their own, most notably from Martin Paterson, but Priskin killed off any hopes of a Clarets comeback when he scored just minutes after coming onto the pitch.

The Hungarian striker then added gloss to the scoreline with a side-footed finish in the 90th minute.

Hornets XI: Loach (GK); Hoyte (L Williamson), Mariappa, M Williamson, Doyley; Smith, Cork, Jenkins, McAnuff; Rasiak (Harley), Hoskins (Priskin).

Burnley XI: Jensen (GK); Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes; Elliott, Gudjónsson (McDonald), McCann, Eagles; Paterson (Rodriguez), Blake (Thompson).

Tamás Priskin came off the bench to devastating effect

Burnley 4

Watford 7

April 5, 2003, Division One

Turf Moor

Neil Cox celebrates with his teammates

A quite frankly crazy game at Turf Moor got going when Wayne Brown bombed in Neal Ardley’s corner after 13 minutes.

Gareth Taylor replied for the hosts just two minutes later, but Watford were not to be outdone as Micah Hyde hit back immediately against his future club.

Neil Cox added a third for the Hornets, before Michael Chopra got his first of four goals that afternoon, latching onto a ball over the top before delightfully chipping Marlon Beresford in the Burnley goal.

The Clarets then added two goals of their own, with a Steve Davis tap-in on the line and a second of the day for Taylor.

Chopra then chested down a Paolo Vernazza cross and poked the ball past Beresford, before Taylor completed his hat-trick to make it 5-4 to Watford at half-time.

To say the second-half was less eventful would be an understatement, might Chopra still managed to get two more goals; one after an hour and one in the final few moments to complete the rout.

Burnley XI: Beresford (GK); Briscoe, Davis, McGregor (O’Neill), West; Grant (Gnohere), Weller, Blake, Branch (Papadopoulos); I Moore, Taylor.

Hornets XI: Chamberlain (GK); Mahon, Brown, Cox, Glass; Ardley, Hyde, Vernazza, Nielsen; Smith (Norville), Chopra.

Michael Chopra put Burnley to the sword with four well-taken goals
First Team 04/04/2018

FPL Review | Gameweek 32

By Sachin Dholakia

A late Jermain Defoe equaliser denied the Golden Boys all three points at Vicarage Road as they drew 2-2 against Bournemouth in Gameweek 32.

There were still plenty of Fantasy points to be found, as Kiko Femenía (8 points) opened the scoring in the first-half following a corner. The Spaniard has started the last three games for the Hornets and has been deployed in front of Daryl Janmaat on the right-hand side. Roberto Pereyra (8) gave Watford the lead once more in the second-half after excellent work from Will Hughes (7), who started for the first time since returning from injury.

Roberto Pereyra scored his third goal of the season

Upcoming fixtures against Burnley, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace provide the opportunity for the Hornets to pick up points in the final stretch of the Fantasy season. Femenía (£4.3) could be excellent value as an attacking defender, while captain Troy Deeney (£6.3) will look to add to his tally for the season after starting 10 consecutive matches.

Elsewhere, Marko Arnautović (16) was the highest points scorer of the week as his brace secured a vital three points for West Ham against Southampton. João Mário (10) scored the opener for the Hammers while Arthur Masuaku (10) contributed with an assist alongside his clean sheet.

Marko Arnautović has been a key part of West Ham's Premier League survival bid since moving up-front

With Harry Kane and Sergio Agüero either benched or sidelined, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13) impressed the most from the remaining striker options with two goals against Stoke. Dele Alli (15) also scored twice as Spurs saw off Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while former Fantasy favourite Alexis Sánchez scored only his second league goal for Manchester United in a 2-0 win against Swansea.

Goalkeepers and defenders also played an important part over the gameweek as Kasper Schmeichel (15) saved a penalty at Brighton in a 2-0 win, with defender Ben Chilwell (11) chipping in with an assist for Leicester.

Ed Marchant has built a 65-point lead at the top of the Watford global league and looks comfortable with only six gameweeks to go (he’s also ninth in the whole game!). He was also the top points scorer in the top 10, courtesy of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week!

Tip of the week

With only six gameweeks to be played, including two double gameweeks, now is the time to start using up any chips you have saved. Don’t forget that chips can only be used once a week, so it is best to plan ahead.

One way you could use your chips that has proved successful in the past would be to use your wildcard this week so that all players next week have a double gameweek, also allowing you to utilise your bench boost. The free hit can then be used for the FA Cup semi-final weekend and your triple captain can then finally be used for any second double gameweek.

Willian could prove a differential option with favourable fixtures coming up

Players To Watch

1) Willian (Chelsea, £7.1) could be an interesting differential, having picked up 23 points over the last four gameweeks. Chelsea also have favourable fixtures; a home tie against West Ham in Gameweek 33 followed by a double gameweek the week after.

2) Jamie Vardy (Leicester, £8.9) faces relegation-threatened Newcastle in Gameweek 33 and also has a double gameweek to look forward to the week after. The forward has scored six goals in his last eight gameweeks.

3) Pascal Groß (Brighton, £6.0) remains Brighton’s top points scorer so far this season, and could be a good budget option when looking for cheaper midfielders in a wildcard.

Best of luck for Gameweek 33, FPL managers!