Asking The Fans: Watford Vs Leicester

Asking The Fans: Watford Vs Leicester
Mar 5, 2016

by Leicester Watford

@WatfordStatus:

Do you want Odion Ighalo dropped in such a big game due to his poor form and attitude recently?

 

It’s a tricky call. The partnership with his fellow striker Troy Deeney can’t rarely be replicated in top 4 divisions. As goals dry up, fans notice more about Ighalo’s all round game. Watford’s lofty league position is based on team ethic, the fight and working for each other. This is overlooked when Ighalo cracks in the goals, however neglects ability to find better placed team mates is becoming a constant theme. I’ve no doubt he wants what we all want, to win. He will start.

 

Has Amrabat been disappointing or is it too quick to judge him?

 

Far too early. As with many of our players, they’re coming to the Premier League from another country. They’re not accustomed to the nature of English League. Amrabat made an impressive debut at Nottingham Forest. He’s showed glimpses of his talent, plus it’s fantastic to have a player who actually charges down the wings & takes on defenders. Rarity. Give him a preseason & I believe will prove an astute signing.

 

 

Do you think having the neutral fans wanting Leicester to beat Watford will have an effect on the performance of Watford?

 

None. I’d love Leicester to win the Premier League. It will be a great story from turning club from being same time last season 20th. It will be a very long time until anyone has chance to break up the party of same lot keep winning Premier League. Watford players should be focused on forcing a win considering the absolute injustice of not thumping Man United. Played of the park and will be wanting to undo the wrongs of the week.

 

 

Are you confident of getting three points against a top of the table Leicester City side?

 

I’m very confident in this side. We outplayed a Manchester United team, however got nervous v Bournemouth. It’s blowing hot & cold at the moment. Leicester are on back of WBA draw so who knows considering results in this league. I’m confident a draw we can get at very least.

 

 

Who is Leicester’s biggest threat in their side?

 

It’s the front three. Like us with Troy & Odion, without those three, they’d be nowhere. But surprisingly, main threat is an old loanee here Danny Drinkwater. He’s been an engine and pivotal in how they play.

 

 

What do you want to be replicated from the Manchester United game and what do you want left out in that performance against Manchester United?

 

Replicate it identically. Man United may have been missing couple players and they are not the club they used to be however, we dominated the club, made the home support quiet for the entirety of the game, until they pipped up when Mata scored a beauty. What I want left out, not taking your chances. The team isn’t exactly brimming with goal scorers, so taking opportunities is essential. Ighalo not Picking out team mates to assist them has denied many a goal, more than just Wednesday’s game.

 

 

Is this the most intense game of the season given the past between the two sides?

 

Excluding a possible extended cup run, I’d say yes regarding our remaining fixtures. To be honest bar that extraordinary Play-Off semi few years ago, there’s not much to go on in previous fixtures between two teams. It all stems from that. They may win the league but will never take that moment from us. Most footballing neutrals always recall that finale.

 Troy Deeney

 

Finally, Troy Deeney for England? Slightly off topic on the Leicester game but there has been a lot of speculation surrounding this topic.

 

From an unbiased view, yes. It’s only because we’re still seen as ‘little old Watford’ that the subject is overlooked by many. Players on the international stage maybe stylish, but to have the trim lump that is Troy Deeney to mark will leave opponents battered and bruised. Troy will bemoan that Roy Hodgson attended the Watford-Bournemouth game, where he was played out of position & played second fiddle to Ighalo.

 

 

@HTAM96:

 

Do you want Odion Ighalo dropped in such a big game due to his poor form and attitude recently?

 

Personally I think that a seat in the dugout next Saturday would do him a world of good. For me he is starting due to his merits earlier in the season and also because he is our top scorer, but he hasn’t scored since early December. His attitude is also of a concern, and there is a correlation between when he was linked away from Vicarage Road in December and the amount of goals he has scored. I think a lot of us have noticed his selfishness and greed in the attacking half in the past 3 months. As for yesterday, it was infuriating, we could have been 3 goals to the good at half time if he looked around him to see Troy and others on occasion. Long ramble short- please bench him and start Nordin Amrabat.

 

 

Has Amrabat been disappointing so far or is it too quick to judge him?

 

I absolutely love Amrabat, not everyone sees it because he gets limited game time, but when he does play he impresses me. I remember at Forest he hit an absolute corker of a volley, only stopped by one of the best saves I’ve ever seen, funnily enough it was the last time a certain Nigerian scored (Odion Ighalo). He has shown fantastic skill as well. He works hard, and for a player who has only played a few games he is progressing rapidly.

 

 

Do you think having the neutral fans wanting Leicester to beat Watford will have an effect on the performance of Watford?

 

To be honest most Man United fans have never been to England and Watford dominated the Red Devils. Watford will also have a fair few fans “supporting” them come 5:30 pm on Saturday namely Arsenal, Spurs and City fans so I think that there is an equilibrium in that sense. The only fans that matter on the day are the ones actually supporting their team, but there is a tendency for a title upset at Vicarage Road. Sheffield Wednesday at home last season, Leeds at home in 2013 and of course the Leicester game in the same season.

 

 

Are you confident of getting three points against a top of the table Leicester City side?

 

 

I am surprisingly confident ahead of this match especially after our game yesterday and Leicester’s last 2 games. We should have beaten Manchester United about 4-1 and showed that yet again we can compete with, if not outplay top sides. Leicester have played two absurdly bang average sides in their last 2 games against Norwich and WBA respectively. They had to rely on Ulloa to save them from the ignominy of drawing to Norwich in the 89th minute and had to battle against another dull side in WBA drawing 2-2. If, Odion decides to wear his passing and shooting boots then we will win. We can beat Leicester and we shouldn’t fear them because of their position.

 

 

Who is Leicester’s biggest threat?

 

The obvious answers are Mahrez and Vardy but for me the biggest threat is N’golo Kante in the centre of the park. He controls the midfield and everything that Leicester do stem from the central midfield pairing of Drinkwater and Kante. He tracks back to help the defence and keeps a solid position centrally when Leicester are on the advance. If he is marked well then our chances of winning increase terrifically. Then we just have to deal with some guys called Mahrez and Vardy.

 Kante

 

What do you want to be replicated from the Manchester United game and what do you want left out in that performance against Manchester United?

 

Replicate the exact same performance and copy and paste in the finishing from the Liverpool game and that is what every fan will want. Obviously leave out the finishing.

 

 

Is this the most intense game of the season given the past between the two sides?

 

I’m sure that this game will be one of the best of the season at Vicarage Road. Whenever the two sides play, something interesting happens; whether it’s a Chalobah belter, a last minute Deeneyyyyyy, a ball hitting Chris wood in the face or God knows what else. Even if it is 0-0 it will be one of the best 0-0s that you could see. If we win it opens up the title race even more. This will be one of the most important matches that Vicarage Road will have seen in a long time.

 

 

 Finally, Troy Deeney for England? Slightly off topic on the Leicester game but there has been a lot of speculation surrounding this topic.

 

Selection should be based on form. Vardy and Kane are flying to France which means that there are two striker slots left. Rooney is going because he’s captain and that’s how it works even though he has been less than glorious this season. Now there is one striker slot left. Welbeck and Sturridge are back which means that they are going even though they shouldn’t so, that is how it will be. Deeney should be going to France because he is a leader, a problem for defenders and is a real success story as a man. All he need is that one guy up top with him, someone like Vardy with pace in abundance who can hopefully link up like Troy has done with Odion.

 

@Hannah333davis:

 

Do you want Odion Ighalo dropped in such a big game due to his poor form and attitude recently?

 

I think Quique needs to drop him to teach him a lesson. His inability to pass has been going on for a while, and cost us the game on Wednesday. Although Ighalo may think he’s Watford’s main man, he still needs to fight for his place. I’m sure subbing him at old Trafford was probably enough of a punishment for him. I just hope that if he does play, we see more team work from him.

 

 Ighalo

Has Amrabat been disappointing or is it too quick to judge him?

 

I think it’s too early to judge him. He has shown signs of becoming a threat for us and getting into good positions. It’s just a case of adapting to the league and the squad. I really do hope to see him improve in the next few games though. Now is his chance to start scoring, with our lack of goals recently.

 

 

Do you think having the neutral fans wanting Leicester to beat Watford will have an effect on the performance of Watford?

 

I don’t think it will affect our performance. I would love Leicester to win the league, but we have to stay focused on our own season and our own targets. Really, Leicester becoming the big story may have benefitted us. If Leicester weren’t the story of the season, Watford would talked about a lot more. Leicester taken a lot of pressure off of us.

 

Are you confident of getting three points against a top of the table Leicester City side?

 

I’m not confident about this game. I’m worried Quique is going to play for a goalless draw; that’s the last thing I want to see on Saturday. I’m not expecting a win, but I’m expecting goals. I know Leicester are top of the table, but we have been a threat to other top clubs, so why can’t we score against Leicester? We need to start scoring again. Fast!

 

Who is Leicester’s biggest threat?

 

For obvious reasons, Vardy and Mahrez are going to be a constant threat on our defence. Lucky we have had a pretty good defence this season, especially with Gomes in recent weeks. Breaking down their defence will also be tricky with the experience of Huth and reflexes of Schmeichel.

 

 

What do you want to be replicated from the Manchester United game and what do you want left out in that performance against Manchester United?

 

 

I think we should play almost just like we did against United. The team created so many chances for Ighalo to score, so we again need to replicate this against Leicester. I think it’s clear with Watford fans that something we want to improve from the Manchester United game is our accuracy in that final third of the pitch. If Ighalo looks up and finds Deeney or even Amrabat to assist, I think we could have a good game on our hands.

 

 

Is this the most intense game of the season given the past between the two sides?

 

If you asked me this question pre-season I would have probably looked at this game as being intense. At this stage I don’t think it’s intense. We are not in a relegation battle anymore, so there is not too much pressure on us to be winning games. This season has been a different story for Leicester; I think they’ll approach this game in a relaxed yet organised manner to try and get the win. Like us, I don’t think they will not be putting too much pressure on themselves either. Ranieri is good at taking the pressure off his players.

 

 

 

 

Finally, Troy Deeney for England? Slightly off topic on the Leicester game but there has been a lot of speculation surrounding this topic.

 

I don’t see why Roy can’t take Deeney to the Euros. He is a real team player, and he has a brilliant work rate. I personally would love to see how he plays and works with other English strikers, especially with the prospect of Ighalo, his partner in crime, leaving in the summer!

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