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Thread: Watford - v - Leeds United *** Matchday Thread***

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    Watford - v - Leeds United *** Matchday Thread***



    EFL Championship leaders Leeds United will be keen to hold onto the top spot when they take on Watford on Friday.

    Championship leaders Leeds United will be keen to retain their spot at the summit when they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Good Friday.

    Daniel Farkeís men have done well to claw the gap on Leicester City, now sitting pretty at the top of the English second tier. However, the Foxes, who only trail on goal difference, have a game in hand, meaning Leeds cannot as yet rest on their laurels.

    Watford, on the other hand, are floundering in mid-table, closer to the relegation zone than the playoff spots. Having won just one of their last five league games, they now face a Leeds outfit brimming with intent and confidence.

    While home comforts usually are something to fall back on, Watford are winless in their own backyard in the league since November 2023, a run of nine games without a victory. While the win over Birmingham City last time out will give them confidence, Leeds represent an altogether different challenge.

    Tom Cleverley got his managerial stint off to an imperious start at St. Andrews. But Farke is a master of the game, especially when it comes to taking Championship sides to the top flight. To claim that the Whites go into the clash as favourites would be an understatement.

    Leeds also arrive having conceded just once in their last six away games in the Championship. Anything less than a convincing victory for the visitors on the night will come as a surprise. The Hard Tackle takes a look at how both sides could line up for the game and their tactics.

    Team News & Tactics

    Watford

    The Hornets have seen their form fall away over the past few months, especially at home. Vicarage Road, once a fortress is yet to see the home side pick up three points since November 2023. Valerien Ismael became the latest casualty of the Hornetsí trigger-happy owners with Tom Cleverley now taking charge.

    The former Manchester United man got off to a brilliant start with the win over Birmingham City but there are far tougher tests yet to come, few harder than Leeds. Watford will, however, have to do so without Wesley Hoedt, who is suspended and the injured duo of Kwadwo Baah and Jeremy Ngakia.

    Ken Sema is a doubt for the game but Jamal Lewis and Ryan Adrews will be expected to make the cut after pulling out of international duty thanks to injuries. The Hornets are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 setup, with Daniel Bachmann in goal. He should be protected by the backline of Ryan Andrews, Ryan Porteous, Mattie Pollock, and James Morris.

    Edo Kayembe and Tom Dele-Bashiru should form the double pivot with the trio of Yaser Asprilla, Ismael Kone and Giorgi Chakvetadze providing the attacking trust. Emmanuel Dennis was the hero against Birmingham and will lead the line once again on the night.

    Leeds United

    Daniel Farkeís men have been sensational this year and are in current form, the team to beat in the second tier of English football. Given that Leicester City have a game in hand, Leeds will be keen to put the points on the board and to give away any breathing space for the chasing pack.

    Connor Roberts went down in pain during the international break, while Junior Firpo might not return in time to be relied upon from the start. However, Pascal Struijk and Stuart Dallas are yet to recover from their knocks and are definitely ruled out for the game.

    Daniel James will be still smarting thanks to his penalty miss against Poland, something that saw Walesís hopes of qualification for the Euros go up in smoke. Whether Farke is willing to put the winger right back into his starting XI remains to be seen.

    The biggest miss is likely to be Georginio Rutter who is still recovering from a hernia surgery. As Leedsís most potent creator this season, the Frenchman will be missed.

    Leeds are expected to retain their 4-2-3-1 formation, with Illan Meslier in goal. He should be protected by the back four of Archie Gray, Ethan Ampadu, Joe Rodon, and Sam Byram. The quartet should be protected by the double pivot of Ilia Gruev and Glen Kamara.

    The in-form Wilfried Gnonto should start on the right wing with Crysencio Summerville occupying the other flank. Joel Piroe should return to the number 10 role, with Patrick Bamford leading the line.

    Key Stats

    Watford are currently on a three-game losing streak to Leeds United in the League, failing to score in any of the three fixtures.

    Leeds have defeated Watford five times at Vicarage Road, each time both clubs had different managers.

    A loss on the night will see Leeds suffer Good Friday losses in consecutive years for the first time since 1989.

    This is Leeds Unitedís first game on Good Friday since 2019.

    A win on the night will see Watford win consecutive Championship games for the first time in 2024.

    Watford have not won a league game at home since November 2023.

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    Leicester lose at the titties

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    A big thankyou to Bristol City! ☺☺☺

    Just need to take advantage now!

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    Takes a little pressure off tonightís game

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    Appreciate as always the pre-match info, but.....

    "A loss on the night will see Leeds suffer Good Friday losses in consecutive years for the first time since 1989.

    This is Leeds United’s first game on Good Friday since 2019"

    One of those must be wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTF11 View Post
    A big thankyou to Bristol City! ☺☺☺

    Just need to take advantage now!
    And Boro get a late one to draw away against Saints! Must win at Watford.

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    Blackburn at least giving it a good go

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTF11 View Post
    Appreciate as always the pre-match info, but.....

    "A loss on the night will see Leeds suffer Good Friday losses in consecutive years for the first time since 1989.

    This is Leeds United’s first game on Good Friday since 2019"

    One of those must be wrong?
    Not really Leeds lost on Good Friday in 1988 and 1989. We lost on Good Friday in 2019, there was no good Friday game in 2020 on account of Covid. We were then promoted to the Premier league, so no Good Friday game. So if we lose tonight it will be a "loss in consecutive years".

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    No Gnonto , Gruev or Roberts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrypie7 View Post
    Not really Leeds lost on Good Friday in 1988 and 1989. We lost on Good Friday in 2019, there was no good Friday game in 2020 on account of Covid. We were then promoted to the Premier league, so no Good Friday game. So if we lose tonight it will be a "loss in consecutive years".
    That was my (hopefully a little humorous), point. We are in 2024, our last Good Friday match was in 2019, so (acknowledging the effect of Covid), we are five years on from that last game, so using the term "consecutive" (definition - following one another in uninterrupted succession or order), is stretching it a bit? I'll get my coat...

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