Troy Deeney will be Watford's only available striker when the Hornets take on Wigan Athletic on Saturday

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Troy Deeney will be Watford’s only available striker for the second week running when the Hornets travel to Wigan Athletic in the Championship Saturday.

Fernando Forestieri misses the trip with a foot injury while on-loan Arsenal forward Chu-Young Park will also be absent as he has a thigh problem.

With Mathias Ranegie serving the second game of a three-match suspension, Deeney, who has netted 17 times this season, is the only striker Beppe Sannino will be able to choose from.

The Hornets head coach had the same conundrum against Barnsley last Saturday.

He partnered Deeney with Ikechi Anya up front and the duo’s impressive displays mean it is likely they will again lead the Watford attack at the DW Stadium. Midfielder Sean Murray will be unavailable as he has a groin injury while Fitz Hall remains out with an Achilles problem.

Almen Abdi is a long-term absentee and his foot injury keeps him out of contention. Striker Bernard Mensah, who is on loan at Braintree Town, faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Lewis McGugan returned to action against Barnsley on Saturday after just under two months out with a thigh injury. He was brought off after 64 minutes as a precaution but is fit to face Wigan.

The form book doesn’t favour the Hornets ahead of tomorrow's contest. While Watford have not lost at home since January, they have failed to win away from Vicarage Road since October 5.

The Latics, who have taken 23 points from their last ten matches, were held to a 3-3 draw against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night but that was the first time they had failed to win a league game at home in 2014.

Ben Watson (double leg break) and Chris McCann (fractured knee cap) are both sidelined for the rest of the season. Uwe Rosler will also be missing Roger Espinoza, who is sidelined after a hernia operation.

Rösler has however strengthened his squad with the loan signing of West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison and he could make his debut against the Hornets.

When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Cristian Battocchio

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6:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Hornet1995 says...

"When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets were beaten 1-0 with Jermaine Beckford scoring the winning goal. "

That was against bolton at home. We beat wigan 1-0 in reverse fixture.
"When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets were beaten 1-0 with Jermaine Beckford scoring the winning goal. " That was against bolton at home. We beat wigan 1-0 in reverse fixture. Hornet1995
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6:29pm Thu 20 Mar 14

buckinghamhornet says...

Sorry Adam the last sentence should read.............Whe
n the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets beat Wigan 1-0 with Cristian Battocchio scoring the winning goal.
Jermaine Beckford scored for Bolton in their 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road after Manu made a rare mistake!!
COYH!!
Sorry Adam the last sentence should read.............Whe n the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets beat Wigan 1-0 with Cristian Battocchio scoring the winning goal. Jermaine Beckford scored for Bolton in their 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road after Manu made a rare mistake!! COYH!! buckinghamhornet
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Poppet Bear says...

buckinghamhornet wrote:
Sorry Adam the last sentence should read.............Whe

n the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets beat Wigan 1-0 with Cristian Battocchio scoring the winning goal.
Jermaine Beckford scored for Bolton in their 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road after Manu made a rare mistake!!
COYH!!
and a very good goal it was as well !!!
[quote][p][bold]buckinghamhornet[/bold] wrote: Sorry Adam the last sentence should read.............Whe n the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets beat Wigan 1-0 with Cristian Battocchio scoring the winning goal. Jermaine Beckford scored for Bolton in their 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road after Manu made a rare mistake!! COYH!![/p][/quote]and a very good goal it was as well !!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 2

7:01pm Thu 20 Mar 14

buckinghamhornet says...

Poppet Bear wrote:
buckinghamhornet wrote:
Sorry Adam the last sentence should read.............Whe


n the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets beat Wigan 1-0 with Cristian Battocchio scoring the winning goal.
Jermaine Beckford scored for Bolton in their 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road after Manu made a rare mistake!!
COYH!!
and a very good goal it was as well !!!
It certainly was, albeit a late one if I remember right? Young Cristian chipmunk does tend to score cracking goals :)
[quote][p][bold]Poppet Bear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckinghamhornet[/bold] wrote: Sorry Adam the last sentence should read.............Whe n the two sides met earlier in the campaign, the Hornets beat Wigan 1-0 with Cristian Battocchio scoring the winning goal. Jermaine Beckford scored for Bolton in their 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road after Manu made a rare mistake!! COYH!![/p][/quote]and a very good goal it was as well !!![/p][/quote]It certainly was, albeit a late one if I remember right? Young Cristian chipmunk does tend to score cracking goals :) buckinghamhornet
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

endean2 says...

Brilliant,with a squad the size we have we have just one fit forward?
Something very wrong
Brilliant,with a squad the size we have we have just one fit forward? Something very wrong endean2
  • Score: -7

8:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Watford 7 Saints 1 says...

We did well with only one striker last week because we have players in all positions than can score goals. Ok it was Barnsley, but who is it to say this can not be done against Wigan, who slipped up against Yeovil, and after a very impressive run, may just may be having a little blip ? Love WFC always have done and always will. :-)
We did well with only one striker last week because we have players in all positions than can score goals. Ok it was Barnsley, but who is it to say this can not be done against Wigan, who slipped up against Yeovil, and after a very impressive run, may just may be having a little blip ? Love WFC always have done and always will. :-) Watford 7 Saints 1
  • Score: 14

9:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

GarstonHorn says...

Anya's pace up top away from home could be vital
Anya's pace up top away from home could be vital GarstonHorn
  • Score: 7

9:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

exeterhornet says...

Am I missing something here? I thought, per the Wobby last week, that Fessi had a small cut on his toe. Has it turned sceptic or something? Surely after 10 days a cut on the toe shouldn't keep you out of a match
Am I missing something here? I thought, per the Wobby last week, that Fessi had a small cut on his toe. Has it turned sceptic or something? Surely after 10 days a cut on the toe shouldn't keep you out of a match exeterhornet
  • Score: 4

11:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

AlanMayeshasscored says...

Can someone tell me why it's always the forwards that come from abroad always have long term injuries. Fessi has a cut toe and has weeks on the sidelines, how come Troy Deeney never misses a game? Would he be out of action with a cut toe ???? All the players that come over are always so unfit and take months to get match fit, it's a mystery.
Can someone tell me why it's always the forwards that come from abroad always have long term injuries. Fessi has a cut toe and has weeks on the sidelines, how come Troy Deeney never misses a game? Would he be out of action with a cut toe ???? All the players that come over are always so unfit and take months to get match fit, it's a mystery. AlanMayeshasscored
  • Score: 2

6:53am Fri 21 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

Watford 7 Saints 1 wrote:
We did well with only one striker last week because we have players in all positions than can score goals. Ok it was Barnsley, but who is it to say this can not be done against Wigan, who slipped up against Yeovil, and after a very impressive run, may just may be having a little blip ? Love WFC always have done and always will. :-)
In addition to extra fixtures, Wigan also have a load of games against teams in the top 10. A win for us on Saturday, and it HAS to be in win in my book, and it could get interesting. Would be great to take a big away support to QPR, As that would take on extra significance should win get a few more away wins in the bag. Sure, it doesn't look likely given our away form, but we can hope...
[quote][p][bold]Watford 7 Saints 1[/bold] wrote: We did well with only one striker last week because we have players in all positions than can score goals. Ok it was Barnsley, but who is it to say this can not be done against Wigan, who slipped up against Yeovil, and after a very impressive run, may just may be having a little blip ? Love WFC always have done and always will. :-)[/p][/quote]In addition to extra fixtures, Wigan also have a load of games against teams in the top 10. A win for us on Saturday, and it HAS to be in win in my book, and it could get interesting. Would be great to take a big away support to QPR, As that would take on extra significance should win get a few more away wins in the bag. Sure, it doesn't look likely given our away form, but we can hope... mellow yellow
  • Score: 4

7:04am Fri 21 Mar 14

VOReason says...

GarstonHorn wrote:
Anya's pace up top away from home could be vital
And his discipline and workrate.

Sannino probably not too disappointed to have an excuse to flood the midfield!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: Anya's pace up top away from home could be vital[/p][/quote]And his discipline and workrate. Sannino probably not too disappointed to have an excuse to flood the midfield!!!!! VOReason
  • Score: 2

8:57am Fri 21 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

Anya was more effective when played in a more withdrawn role in the second half, having been constantly offside in the first. As such flooding the midfield should not be seen as a negative. Personally I would play McGugan up alongside Troy. I would also like to see Tommy Hoban in as we are clearly not as comfortable defending away from home, for me our best defender. We have to throw everything it at now.
Anya was more effective when played in a more withdrawn role in the second half, having been constantly offside in the first. As such flooding the midfield should not be seen as a negative. Personally I would play McGugan up alongside Troy. I would also like to see Tommy Hoban in as we are clearly not as comfortable defending away from home, for me our best defender. We have to throw everything it at now. grahamwfc
  • Score: 6

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