Watford boss Gianfranco Zola determined to keep pressure on Hull City by beating Leicester City

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola admits tonight is an enormous game: Holly Cant

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola admits tonight is an enormous game: Holly Cant

First published in Watford FC News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Enormous and huge were words Gianfranco Zola used to describe tonight’s must-win game with Leicester City as Watford try desperately to apply pressure on Hull City.

The Hornets are four points behind Hull in the Championship’s second automatic place, with two games remaining, but tonight’s televised clash provides the Golden Boys with the opportunity to reduce the deficit to one point, with the Tigers playing tomorrow.

The contest has equal importance for Leicester, who are seventh and a point below the play-off places.

“It is an enormous game; we need to win to continue to put pressure on Hull,” Zola stressed.

“We know that it is a huge game for Leicester as well though and they are a very good team. So we are prepared.

“We always seem to play well against the teams at the top of the table as well so I don’t think pressure will be a concern for us.

“If we want to put pressure on Hull then we need to play well and win the game,” he continued.

“The performance is the most important thing because if we do that then hopefully we will get the three points.

“If we do that then Hull City have to think twice before going into their game the following day.”

Hull’s opponents Barnsley are second bottom of the table and without a win in five matches but they have taken points off Watford, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Nottingham Forest in the last six weeks, which can provide Hornets fans with optimism.

Watford could have a career and life-changing eight days ahead of them but Zola claimed the training ground has been “normal”.

He added: “The morale and the atmosphere is high and that is the most important thing.”

Watford have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game but defender Fitz Hall is still unavailable.

Hall was last in action for the Hornets against Hull on April 2 as the experienced centre-half continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

John Eustace came through a midweek friendly against Dagenham and Redbridge but is not fit enough to be considered and Adam Thompson is expected to be out for at least a few weeks with a knee problem.

Leicester have won twice in their last 16 matches in all competitions but they beat play-off rivals Bolton Wanderers ten days ago and followed it up with a draw against Crystal Palace.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said: “I’m expecting to play against a side that have got their own brand of football; their own style of play that has been successful all season.

“They have got a number of very good individuals within their team but they have, like most successful sides, a very strong work ethic, so we are going to have to be at our best to beat them but I think it should be a good game.

“Our intention is to go to win the game. It will be an interesting encounter but really it is a case of whether we can go out and perform at our maximum and do enough to win the game. They will be doing exactly the same thing.

“They will have their own way of doing it, I would imagine they have got respect for us, as we have for them, but it’s about what we do ourselves.

“It could suit both teams but like it is with most games you see, it is whether you are able to convert your chances when they come along and that is going to be the bottom line.

“Having said all that, is it going to be a 0-0 draw, 1-0, I really don’t know but I know both sides will go into the game with the intention of winning and so it is really about what we do ourselves which is important.”

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9:17am Fri 26 Apr 13

mellow yellow says...

Sometimes I actually feel sorry for managers having to give their views on how the perceive a game like this. We could have written all that ourselves.

Come on boys!
Sometimes I actually feel sorry for managers having to give their views on how the perceive a game like this. We could have written all that ourselves. Come on boys! mellow yellow
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9:36am Fri 26 Apr 13

Stoney77 says...

Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off Stoney77
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9:45am Fri 26 Apr 13

peter10531089 says...

Stoney77 wrote:
Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February.

Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on.

Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off[/p][/quote]Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February. Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on. Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola peter10531089
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10:06am Fri 26 Apr 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

peter10531089 wrote:
Stoney77 wrote:
Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February.

Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on.

Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola
"I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on."

Yes - that makes sense to me.
[quote][p][bold]peter10531089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off[/p][/quote]Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February. Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on. Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola[/p][/quote]"I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on." Yes - that makes sense to me. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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10:10am Fri 26 Apr 13

alwaysahorn says...

Tonight is when Hull become Leicester fans and Brighton , Forest , Bolton , Palace ( ??? ) & Charlton become 'Orns for the night . I just hope we are Barnsley fans tomorrow & Cardiff next saturday ! !
Tonight is when Hull become Leicester fans and Brighton , Forest , Bolton , Palace ( ??? ) & Charlton become 'Orns for the night . I just hope we are Barnsley fans tomorrow & Cardiff next saturday ! ! alwaysahorn
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10:13am Fri 26 Apr 13

mickallen57 says...

peter10531089 wrote:
Stoney77 wrote:
Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February.

Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on.

Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola
I couldn't agree more, with your comments,and what a great season it has been.
GFZ sounds like my misses Huge and enormous, but in my case I allways rise to the occasion (sorry about that) , but we have been in this position before and just didn't turn up on the day. I really hope they put a great performance,with a brace for Vydra and a goal each for Fezzy and Troy.That would put the wind up Hull. P.S I don't mean my misses is huge and enormous you all know what I mean COYH
[quote][p][bold]peter10531089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off[/p][/quote]Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February. Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on. Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more, with your comments,and what a great season it has been. GFZ sounds like my misses Huge and enormous, but in my case I allways rise to the occasion (sorry about that) , but we have been in this position before and just didn't turn up on the day. I really hope they put a great performance,with a brace for Vydra and a goal each for Fezzy and Troy.That would put the wind up Hull. P.S I don't mean my misses is huge and enormous you all know what I mean COYH mickallen57
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10:20am Fri 26 Apr 13

Harry's Bar says...

Stoney77 wrote:
Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
I think there is a way of playing all three together, by playing Fessi at the front of a midfield diamond. I don't think Zola will change the formation at this stage though
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off[/p][/quote]I think there is a way of playing all three together, by playing Fessi at the front of a midfield diamond. I don't think Zola will change the formation at this stage though Harry's Bar
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11:05am Fri 26 Apr 13

Boosey says...

mickallen57 wrote:
peter10531089 wrote:
Stoney77 wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February. Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on. Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola
I couldn't agree more, with your comments,and what a great season it has been. GFZ sounds like my misses Huge and enormous, but in my case I allways rise to the occasion (sorry about that) , but we have been in this position before and just didn't turn up on the day. I really hope they put a great performance,with a brace for Vydra and a goal each for Fezzy and Troy.That would put the wind up Hull. P.S I don't mean my misses is huge and enormous you all know what I mean COYH
You always rise to the occasion?
That's not what she told me!
[quote][p][bold]mickallen57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peter10531089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off[/p][/quote]Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February. Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on. Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more, with your comments,and what a great season it has been. GFZ sounds like my misses Huge and enormous, but in my case I allways rise to the occasion (sorry about that) , but we have been in this position before and just didn't turn up on the day. I really hope they put a great performance,with a brace for Vydra and a goal each for Fezzy and Troy.That would put the wind up Hull. P.S I don't mean my misses is huge and enormous you all know what I mean COYH[/p][/quote]You always rise to the occasion? That's not what she told me! Boosey
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11:09am Fri 26 Apr 13

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

Leaving for Leicester in a few hours and looking for another 4 goal performance to really shake Hull.
Vydra should start and I would love to see him get 2 goals tonight and rebuild his confidence for the rest of the fight, hopefully one last game or poss four. If he is on form plus TD and FF we are unstoppable!
This is a Prem team in the making with new intake from the Pozzos next season we have a great time to look forward to and can certainly grace the Prem League
Leaving for Leicester in a few hours and looking for another 4 goal performance to really shake Hull. Vydra should start and I would love to see him get 2 goals tonight and rebuild his confidence for the rest of the fight, hopefully one last game or poss four. If he is on form plus TD and FF we are unstoppable! This is a Prem team in the making with new intake from the Pozzos next season we have a great time to look forward to and can certainly grace the Prem League Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
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12:01pm Fri 26 Apr 13

watford1881 says...

Don't think Vydra will be here next season even if we go up.. I hope Troy can grab two more goals in the next two games.. Don't remember the last time we had two players on 20 goals in a season... Leaving for Leicester at fourish... COYH......
Don't think Vydra will be here next season even if we go up.. I hope Troy can grab two more goals in the next two games.. Don't remember the last time we had two players on 20 goals in a season... Leaving for Leicester at fourish... COYH...... watford1881
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12:13pm Fri 26 Apr 13

tonyellow says...

Was there not a saying in football that you should not change a winning team.

What do you think?


COYH
Was there not a saying in football that you should not change a winning team. What do you think? COYH tonyellow
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12:16pm Fri 26 Apr 13

bigthunder says...

ALUMINIA

DOYLEY
ELKSTRAND
CASSETTI

CHALOBAH
HOGG
ABDI
PUDIL

FESSI

VYDRA
DEENEY

SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS
BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO
MPSON IF FIT OR BIA
ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA bigthunder
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12:36pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Harry's Bar says...

bigthunder wrote:
ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA
Who's going to play right wing back? I agree with the eleven but can you play 3-5-2 with that team?
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA[/p][/quote]Who's going to play right wing back? I agree with the eleven but can you play 3-5-2 with that team? Harry's Bar
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12:37pm Fri 26 Apr 13

SAHornet says...

bigthunder wrote:
ALUMINIA

DOYLEY
ELKSTRAND
CASSETTI

CHALOBAH
HOGG
ABDI
PUDIL

FESSI

VYDRA
DEENEY

SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS
BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO

MPSON IF FIT OR BIA
Thompson's out for some weeks
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA[/p][/quote]Thompson's out for some weeks SAHornet
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12:49pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Stoney77 says...

bigthunder wrote:
ALUMINIA

DOYLEY
ELKSTRAND
CASSETTI

CHALOBAH
HOGG
ABDI
PUDIL

FESSI

VYDRA
DEENEY

SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS
BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO

MPSON IF FIT OR BIA
WHERE IS THE BALANCE IN THAT SIDE. YOU HAVE 3 CENTRE BACKS AND THEN 3 CENTRE MIDS AND 1 LEFT SIDED WING BACK.
I think if you're going to play FF with Vydra and Deeney then you need to play 4-3-3; with Abdi, Hogg and Chalobah in midfield and FF in a roaming role, but then again i'm not qualified so maybe that wouldn't work!!
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA[/p][/quote]WHERE IS THE BALANCE IN THAT SIDE. YOU HAVE 3 CENTRE BACKS AND THEN 3 CENTRE MIDS AND 1 LEFT SIDED WING BACK. I think if you're going to play FF with Vydra and Deeney then you need to play 4-3-3; with Abdi, Hogg and Chalobah in midfield and FF in a roaming role, but then again i'm not qualified so maybe that wouldn't work!! Stoney77
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12:58pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Harry's Bar says...

Stoney77 wrote:
bigthunder wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA
WHERE IS THE BALANCE IN THAT SIDE. YOU HAVE 3 CENTRE BACKS AND THEN 3 CENTRE MIDS AND 1 LEFT SIDED WING BACK. I think if you're going to play FF with Vydra and Deeney then you need to play 4-3-3; with Abdi, Hogg and Chalobah in midfield and FF in a roaming role, but then again i'm not qualified so maybe that wouldn't work!!
I think it would work...... in time. Should we change the formation at this stage of the season? Let Zola decide that one.
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA[/p][/quote]WHERE IS THE BALANCE IN THAT SIDE. YOU HAVE 3 CENTRE BACKS AND THEN 3 CENTRE MIDS AND 1 LEFT SIDED WING BACK. I think if you're going to play FF with Vydra and Deeney then you need to play 4-3-3; with Abdi, Hogg and Chalobah in midfield and FF in a roaming role, but then again i'm not qualified so maybe that wouldn't work!![/p][/quote]I think it would work...... in time. Should we change the formation at this stage of the season? Let Zola decide that one. Harry's Bar
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1:18pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Stoney77 says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Stoney77 wrote:
bigthunder wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA
WHERE IS THE BALANCE IN THAT SIDE. YOU HAVE 3 CENTRE BACKS AND THEN 3 CENTRE MIDS AND 1 LEFT SIDED WING BACK. I think if you're going to play FF with Vydra and Deeney then you need to play 4-3-3; with Abdi, Hogg and Chalobah in midfield and FF in a roaming role, but then again i'm not qualified so maybe that wouldn't work!!
I think it would work...... in time. Should we change the formation at this stage of the season? Let Zola decide that one.
I cant imagine we would change to a 4-3-3 formation though even next season. I guess FF could fit in a 3-5-2 formation as the 'player in the hole' (i.e more of a 3-4-1-2) and replacing one of the centre mids, but then you need a very combative defensive midfielder like Hogg (but better) along with a playmaker like Abdi. This then leaves no place for Chalobah but if he's going back next season then maybe this is the answer!! ;O). Maybe that's the way to play at home, and then revert to the usual 3-5-2 away from home with 3 centre mids and no one 'in the hole'
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: ALUMINIA DOYLEY ELKSTRAND CASSETTI CHALOBAH HOGG ABDI PUDIL FESSI VYDRA DEENEY SUBS; GEIJO, BATTOCHIO,BRIGGS BOND,MURRAY,ANYA,THO MPSON IF FIT OR BIA[/p][/quote]WHERE IS THE BALANCE IN THAT SIDE. YOU HAVE 3 CENTRE BACKS AND THEN 3 CENTRE MIDS AND 1 LEFT SIDED WING BACK. I think if you're going to play FF with Vydra and Deeney then you need to play 4-3-3; with Abdi, Hogg and Chalobah in midfield and FF in a roaming role, but then again i'm not qualified so maybe that wouldn't work!![/p][/quote]I think it would work...... in time. Should we change the formation at this stage of the season? Let Zola decide that one.[/p][/quote]I cant imagine we would change to a 4-3-3 formation though even next season. I guess FF could fit in a 3-5-2 formation as the 'player in the hole' (i.e more of a 3-4-1-2) and replacing one of the centre mids, but then you need a very combative defensive midfielder like Hogg (but better) along with a playmaker like Abdi. This then leaves no place for Chalobah but if he's going back next season then maybe this is the answer!! ;O). Maybe that's the way to play at home, and then revert to the usual 3-5-2 away from home with 3 centre mids and no one 'in the hole' Stoney77
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1:52pm Fri 26 Apr 13

petsoundsnick says...

It all sounds a bit Championship Manager to me - i.e. no reflection of reality...

For those of you spouting 4-3-3 ... how are you going to stop Leicester crossing to Wood? Who is going to open up space in the midfield now that you have got rid of our wing-backs? Where is the space of Vydra that is created by having the wing-backs acting like wingers?
It all sounds a bit Championship Manager to me - i.e. no reflection of reality... For those of you spouting 4-3-3 ... how are you going to stop Leicester crossing to Wood? Who is going to open up space in the midfield now that you have got rid of our wing-backs? Where is the space of Vydra that is created by having the wing-backs acting like wingers? petsoundsnick
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2:06pm Fri 26 Apr 13

OliverF1976 says...

peter10531089 wrote:
Stoney77 wrote:
Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off
Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February.

Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on.

Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola
For me the International games finished his season. The time before last was bad enough but last time round he played two full 90 minute games in the space of a few days and i really felt for Zola who has been shrewd with resting players at the right times this season and for that to happen was a real kick in the teeth for him.
[quote][p][bold]peter10531089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Its the kind of game which should give Vydra, if he is played, space to run into and play off the shoulder of the last defenders. If you look back at the many of his goals during his purple patch they were counter attacking 1 on 1 situations. So, the question is, do we drop FF and play Vydra? Only those on ths inside know if Vydras confidence is truly shot or not, and ig it is then No is the answer I guess. If it isnt then Can we play both of them with Deeney aswell?! What a front 3 that is! - I'll leave that for GFZ, in him we trust! COYH. 10 hours 10 minutes til kick off[/p][/quote]Good points but I dont think Vydra's confidence is shot - I think he is simply knackered having played 5 games in the previous 2 seasons he is shot to pieces - next season will be better for him as the base fitness he has built this year will help - but he needs a break. Also of course he has had extra attention since about February. Having said that I would personally start him as Leicester will have to attack and push on leaving space behind him, if they go a goal up and Fessi starts then we cant change it as they will then drop deeper and kill the space that Vydra thrives on. Whatever happens - what a season, what football we have seen and what spirit and togetherness there has been at the Vic - thank you Messrs Pozzo, Duxbuerry, Nani and of course Zola[/p][/quote]For me the International games finished his season. The time before last was bad enough but last time round he played two full 90 minute games in the space of a few days and i really felt for Zola who has been shrewd with resting players at the right times this season and for that to happen was a real kick in the teeth for him. OliverF1976
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2:14pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Stoney77 says...

petsoundsnick wrote:
It all sounds a bit Championship Manager to me - i.e. no reflection of reality...

For those of you spouting 4-3-3 ... how are you going to stop Leicester crossing to Wood? Who is going to open up space in the midfield now that you have got rid of our wing-backs? Where is the space of Vydra that is created by having the wing-backs acting like wingers?
Where has anyone on this link 'spouted' about playing 4-3-3 against Leicester?
Before you go off on one maybe actually read the posts first. And anyway, your full backs in a 4 man defence are there to stop the crosses. Playing FF, Vydra and Deeney will have most defences in mayhem as most teams put at least 2 men on FF. Vydra and Deeney so if they're all playing, one of them will have space and time to do their thing, and we will score goals albeit we may concede a few too! As you will note, most of Vydra's goals come on the counter attack and this has nothing to do. per se, with us playing with wing backs, this is to do with our electric pace (and Vydra's electric pace) and our ability to pass the ball accurately and quickly out of defence. Finally, FF would create space in a 4-3-3 by playing in a free role, which would drag a man or 2 wide; and one of your full backs pushes forward depending on which side of the pitch the play is on. This also creates space for Vydra.
[quote][p][bold]petsoundsnick[/bold] wrote: It all sounds a bit Championship Manager to me - i.e. no reflection of reality... For those of you spouting 4-3-3 ... how are you going to stop Leicester crossing to Wood? Who is going to open up space in the midfield now that you have got rid of our wing-backs? Where is the space of Vydra that is created by having the wing-backs acting like wingers?[/p][/quote]Where has anyone on this link 'spouted' about playing 4-3-3 against Leicester? Before you go off on one maybe actually read the posts first. And anyway, your full backs in a 4 man defence are there to stop the crosses. Playing FF, Vydra and Deeney will have most defences in mayhem as most teams put at least 2 men on FF. Vydra and Deeney so if they're all playing, one of them will have space and time to do their thing, and we will score goals albeit we may concede a few too! As you will note, most of Vydra's goals come on the counter attack and this has nothing to do. per se, with us playing with wing backs, this is to do with our electric pace (and Vydra's electric pace) and our ability to pass the ball accurately and quickly out of defence. Finally, FF would create space in a 4-3-3 by playing in a free role, which would drag a man or 2 wide; and one of your full backs pushes forward depending on which side of the pitch the play is on. This also creates space for Vydra. Stoney77
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2:29pm Fri 26 Apr 13

dmuz says...

If it aint broke, don't fix it. Same team as the last game please.
If it aint broke, don't fix it. Same team as the last game please. dmuz
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2:29pm Fri 26 Apr 13

dmuz says...

If it aint broke, don't fix it. Same team as the last game please.
If it aint broke, don't fix it. Same team as the last game please. dmuz
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