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Posh v Watford: Match Preview

12 April 2013

Posh host promotion-contenders Watford at London Road on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Watford are the visitors to London Road on Saturday and Peterborough United will be looking to avenge the last minute penalty they conceded in the reverse fixture in October.

Czech forward Matej Vydra, converted the spot-kick to earn the Hornets a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road and the striker, on loan from Udinese, will be looking to add to the 20 goals he has already scored in the Championship this season.


Manager Gianfranco Zola is enjoying his first campaign as Watford manager, guiding the club within three points off an automatic promotion spot prior to Saturday’s game.

Zola has previous managerial experience at West Ham United, who he was in charge of from 2008 to 2010 and was the London clubs first non-British manager. After leaving the Hammers he took over from Sean Dyche in July 2012 and will be hoping he can get them back in the Premier League for the first time since 2007.


Notable performances this season include the 6-1 thrashing of Leeds United at Elland Road, back-to-back 4-1 victories against Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley and the 4-0 win away at Birmingham City in February.


The Hornets away form has been particularly impressive this season, winning 11 games out of a possible 20 and scoring 40 goals in the process. A record that betters their home form, winning 10 games out of 21 at Vicarage Road, scoring 36 goals.


A large majority of the players will be unfamiliar to Posh fans, with Zola using the European loan market to supply a large bulk of his squad; Vydra has grabbed most of the headlines with his goals, but the likes of defender Joel Ekstrand, midfielder Cristian Battocchio and striker Fernando Forestieri, who signed permanently for the club in January, have added flair and steel to the Italians team.


Troy Deeney is another player Posh will have to be wary of, the towering striker has come into form in recent weeks scoring the winning goal against Hull City just under a fortnight ago. He scored in this fixture last season, scoring the first of Watford’s goals that ended 2-2 at London Road. Lee Tomlin and Paul Taylor were on the scoresheet for Posh that day.


Posh did the double over Watford in the 2009/10 season, recording a 2-1 win at home thanks to goals from Lee Frecklington and Exodus Geohaghon, and a 1-0 win away courtesy of Liam Dickinson. However, Watford are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with the Posh, which includes two wins and a draw.


Posh will give a late fitness test to midfielder Jack Payne who is struggling with an ankle injury while Michael Bostwick suffered a setback earlier in the week on the road back to recovery from a hamstring injury.

Watford have sold over 3,700 tickets for the game with a decent crowd expected at London Road. Remember under 16s can watch the action for just £5 in the Norwich and Peterborough Family Stand with under 10s admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.


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