First Team 06/06/2018

Pre-Season 2018/19: Hornets XI To Visit Boro

A Watford XI will take part in a pre-season fixture at Stevenage on Friday July 27 as part of the Hornets’ 2018/19 preparations.

The friendly match, which is likely to feature a mix of first team and Under-23 players, will kick-off at 7.30pm at the Boro’s Lamex Stadium.

Tickets are available to purchase from and are priced as follows:

Adults/Concessions*: £12
Under-19: £10
Under-12: £5

*Concessions are aged 60 and over, students (with valid ID), members of the Armed Forces/emergency services (with valid ID). Ambulant and wheelchair disabled tickets are priced at the relevant concession rate, with a complimentary ticket offered for a carer.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 01438 223223 ext.62, or via the pay-on-the-day cash turnstiles.

Confirmation of this fixture follows the announcement of a pre-season friendly at Brentford on Saturday July 28 (3pm KO) and The Graham Taylor Matchday – further details to follow on in due course – at Vicarage Road on Saturday August 4.

First Team 06/06/2018

Prödl: “It Was A Breathtaking Atmosphere”

Sebastian Prödl was part of a side that made history on Saturday, when Austria beat Germany for the first time since 1986 in Klagenfurt.

Kick-off was delayed three times by referee Pavel Kralovec as relentless rain made conditions difficult, and perhaps that added to the building tension at the Wörthersee Stadion. 

The Hornets’ towering centre-half spoke exclusively to about that special night.

“I think it was a breathtaking atmosphere in Austria,” said Prödl. “Due to the fact we didn’t win against Germany for 32 years, which made it even more special to us. 

“It was a fantastic result, a fantastic game, and I think it was the perfect set-up.

“It was a little bit late due to weather reasons - we had a bad storm in Klagenfurt - but in the end everyone was motivated and was on the front foot.

“In the beginning, we honoured them as the world champions a little bit too much, but after a couple of minutes and after conceding the goal we fully deserved the win. 

“We pressed them high, we made them look unsure, and we had a couple of chances to score more goals in the end.”

Superb strikes from Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schöpf sealed the win for the hosts, after Mesut Özil had put the Germans ahead.

And perhaps there are teams like Mexico, Sweden and South Korea - who are certain to face Joachim Löw’s side in the group stage at the World Cup - who will base their approach on Austria’s winning formula.

“It was a well-deserved result which we were happy about of course,” said the defender.

“We took confidence from the previous games - we’ve now won seven games in a row - and we made a big effort to win this game.”

Admitting on Instagram that he’d ticked something off his bucket list after that result, Prödl will surely remember it for the rest of his life. 

To put the win into context, Austria and Germany have played 10 times since the Austrians last claimed victory over their international neighbours, with just one draw coming in that time.

“It was a great night, a great win and a date to remember,” said Prödl.

Austria have beaten Russia and now Germany in recent weeks, and are preparing to face five-time World Cup winners Brazil in their final close season friendly on Sunday (June 10).

Keep an eye out on for more from Prödl ahead of Austria's fixture with Brazil.