Internationals | Play-Offs For Watford Duo

Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis kept a clean sheet for Greece as they defeated Gibraltar 4-0, a result which secured a World Cup qualifying play-off place.

It was the 32-year-old’s fifth shut-out over the course of the World Cup qualifiers as Greece finished second in Group H, two points clear of third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina and nine adrift of leaders Belgium. 

On the other side of the globe, André Carrillo was a part of the Peru team that managed to set up a World Cup play-off with New Zealand next month following their 1-1 draw with Ecuador. 

The winger was substituted just after the hour mark for Peru, who are bidding to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 1982.

Daryl Janmaat was a 71st-minute substitute as the Netherlands defeated Sweden 2-0 in Group A. The victory wasn’t enough to see Holland reach the play-offs, however, and they will play no part in next summer’s World Cup for the first time since 2002.

Christian Kabasele was an unused substitute as Group H table-toppers Belgium defeated Cyprus 4-0, whilst goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann also remained on the bench for Austria’s 1-0 win over Moldova in Group D. 

By Tom Scholes


Loan Report | Season So Far

Nordin Amrabat

Winger Amrabat may have started the first three games of Watford’s Premier League season, but the Moroccan international moved on loan to La Liga side Leganés on September 1 until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old is yet to start a game for his new club, but he has come off the bench in all four matches since his arrival, including a 2-0 away win at Las Palmas and a 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid. 

Costel Pantilimon

The Romanian goalkeeper departed Vicarage Road at the end of the summer transfer window, joining La Liga side Deportivo La Coruña on a season-long loan deal.

Following his arrival in Spain, Pantilimon has made four appearances in Spain’s top division, making his debut in a 2-1 defeat against Real Betis, and keeping one clean sheet in the home 1-0 win over Deportivo Alaves. 

Obbi Oularé

The 21-year-old returned to Belgium in a season-long loan switch to Royal Antwerp back in July, and he made a bright start to his time back in the Jupiler Pro League.

The centre-forward provided an assist in the 5-3 home defeat to Genk, but after four starts his progress was derailed somewhat by a thigh injury which has kept him out of the past five games. 

Dennon Lewis

Now in the second loan of his fledgling career - following last season's spell at Woking - 20-year-old Lewis has made three starts and a further six appearances from the bench at League 2 side Crawley Town, who are managed by ex-Watford Under-23 Coach Harry Kewell.

Injured against Stevenage in mid-September, the Hornets' Academy graduate missed four games but returned to action in an EFL Trophy tie at Portsmouth last Tuesday and was an unused substitute during Saturday's 1-0 league win at Morecambe.

Mauro Zárate

Having joined the Hornets in January 2017 from Fiorentina, Zárate last week agreed a move to UAE club Al Nasr on loan for the rest of the season.

The Argentine forward will be hoping to make his debut for the Dubai-based side when they line up against Dibba Al Fujairah this Saturday. 

Adalberto Peñaranda

After missing the first six games of the new La Liga season due to injury, Peñaranda finally made his first appearance of the campaign as a 72nd-minute substitute in Malaga's 2-0 away defeat to Sevilla on September 30.

The Venezuelan youngster, who caught the eye at this summer’s Under-20 World Cup as he helped his nation reach the final, which they lost to England, suffered a groin injury following the tournament but is now back involved for the Spanish outfit.

By Tom Scholes