Preview - Aston Villa vs Watford 22 January 20

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Match Day 24
Aston Villa vs. Watford
Wednesday, January 22nd 2020
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Villa Park

Aston Villa:
Last five matches form: W L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.26
Average goals against per match: 1.91
Top Scorer: Jack Grealish (7)

Last five matches form: D W W W D
Average goals per match: 0.87
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Gerard Deulofeu & Troy Deeney (4)

There are couple of big relegation clashes in the Premier League on Match Day 24. Just about the biggest of which comes here at Villa Park, as third bottom Aston Villa play host to fourth bottom Watford. With just the one point between the sides headed into the game, there's plenty riding on this one.

The reverse league fixture between these sides - in common with the rest of the Match Day 24 games - came as recently as December. Watford smashed Villa 3-0 in that one and will no doubt be hoping for more of the same here. The most recent clash here at Villa Park came in the 2015/16 Premier League season, with Watford again coming out on top, this time by the odd goal in five.

Both sides have their injury concerns. Tom Heaton, Wesley, John McGinn, Jed Steer, Keinan Davis and Jonathan Kodjia are all out for the home side. Watford are expected to be without Tom Cleverley, Sebastian Prödl, Daryl Janmaat, Will Hughes and Isamaïla Sarr.

Villa rebounded pretty well from their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City with a 1-1 draw at Brighton. A total of four wins from eleven so far at home is probably below what will be required if they are to stay up though. They have failed to score more than once in each of their last four here.

Watford are going great guns at present and arrive here on the back of a goalless draw with Spurs which took their unbeaten run in the league to six. They have however won only twice on the road - at Norwich and Bournemouth - failing to score in five of eleven.

This looks like being pretty tight. Watford are playing the better stuff at present but that absence of Sarr does restrict their attacking intent. This could well be a stalemate.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0 - 0 Watford


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 16 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 65% - 35%

Two bookings apiece at Villa Park, with referee Martin Atkinson taking the names of Tyrone Mings and Douglas Luiz of the home side, in addition to Craig Cathcart and Abdoulaye Doucouré of Watford.

A crucial victory for the home side this, and a deserved one too - for all that it came oh so late - with Villa finishing well on top in all of the key stats.

It was Watford who took the lead seven minutes before the break. Nice goal too. Gerard Deulofeu played in to the right channel and dinking in a lovely cross from close to the goal line. Troy Deeney the man arriving to power home a header high down the middle from three yards or so. 0-1 at the interval.

Pepe Reina did really well to keep out Deeney from point blank range early in the second half in what would prove to be a crucial save.

Villa drew level in the 68th minute. Matt Targett's cross come shot from inside the area to the left being saved by Ben Foster but running kindly for Villa in the right corner of the six-yard box. Douglas Luiz steaming in to smash home.

And then in the fifth minute of added on time, the hosts won it. A lofted ball into the area being gathered by Tyron Mings who teed up Ezri Konsa towards the edge of the area and central. Konsa's placed effort taking a slight touch off Mings on its way into the top left corner. 2-1 it finished.

This win lifts Villa up to 16th spot and now two points clear of the drop zone. A blip for Watford who drop to second bottom, but only being in the relegation zone on goal difference now, they have still made excellent progress overall under Nigel Pearson.

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