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Match Preview: Watford vs Brentford

It's The Hornets vs The Bees on Easter Saturday

15 April 2022

We've got a short Bank Holiday trip round the M25 ahead of us tomorrow, Watford our next opponents in the Premier League. The Hornets come into the game on the back of defeat to Leeds United while a victory for Thomas Frank's Bees will see us make it a hat-trick of top flight wins this month. Get all the build-up to tomorrow's big game below. 

THE OPPOSITION

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The games are beginning to run out for Watford as they seek to avoid an immediate return to the second tier. 

Last Saturday's 3-0 loss at home to Leeds United, Watford's ninth successive defeat at Vicarage Road, leaves The Hornets six points from safety with just seven games to play. If Roy Hodgson is to pull off a remarkable escape then Watford's four remaining home games, starting with our visit tomorrow will be crucial. The Hornets have Burnley, Everton, and Leicester City to welcome to WD18 before the end of the season as well as trips to Manchester City, Crystal Palace, and Arsenal.

Watford have now conceded 60 goals in the top flight this campaign, only Leeds (68) and Norwich City (63) have conceded more, and they have only kept three clean sheets, the fewest of any team in the division. Watford's last nine home defeats have seen them concede 25 goals, taking their overall tally to a league-high 37 goals against at home. 

Seven players have found the net for Watford in the Premier League this season, the lowest distribution of goals in the top flight. Emmanuel Dennis (9) (pictured above) leads their scoring charts with Cucho Hernandez, Josh King, Ismaila Sarr (all five), Joao Pedro, Moussa Sissoko (both two), and Juraj Kucka (one) the others on target. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Watford Observer's Ryan Gray told Hot Off The Press"I don’t expect he will change from the 4-3-3 he has used in recent weeks. It remains to be seen who will play up front; he had been starting Cucho Hernandez, but he went off early on with an injury on Saturday and I’m not sure if he will be back at this stage. Joao Pedro could come in in his place, if not Emmanuel Dennis or Josh King. Hodgson does have options up front, but the problem has been creating chances. There will be a midfield three, with Imran Louza playing as a deep-lying midfielder behind Moussa Sissoko (above) and Juraj Kucka, and then a flat back four."

TEAM NEWS

Frank Onyeka (ankle) remains out but Josh Dasilva will be involved following his hamstring injury. Pontus Jansson has also recovered from the illness which kept him out last weekend. 

The news is less positive for Watford. Cucho Hernandez (hamstring) is set for an extended spell on the sidelines while Samuel Kalu (ankle), William Troost-Ekong (hamstring) and Francisco Sierralta (calf) will also miss out tomorrow.

MATCH FACTS

  • Bryan Mbeumo has provided an assist in each of his last three Premier League appearances for Brentford (four in total). The only player in Premier League history who has assisted in four consecutive Premier League appearances for a promoted side is Chris Waddle in March/April 1997 for Sunderland.
  • After picking up just four points in an 11-match run between December and February (W1 D1 L9), Brentford have won four of their last five Premier League matches (L1). They are now looking to win three in a row in the top flight for the first time since September 1946.
  • Roy Hodgson is aiming for his first home points as Watford manager after four defeats in a row. The last manager to lose his first five home matches in charge at a club was Chris Ramsey with Queens Park Rangers in 2015.
  • Brentford's Ivan Toney has been involved in 10 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances (eight goals, two assists). Only Spurs duo Harry Kane (15) and Son Heung-min (13) have been involved in more goals in 2022 so far.

THE MANAGER

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Roy Hodgson CBE is closing in on six decades in the professional game, having started out as a junior at Crystal Palace in the mid-1960s. Hodgson was unable to break through at Palace and dropped into the non-league before beginning his coaching career with Swedish side Halmstads BK in 1976, aged 29. 

Success has followed Hodgson wherever he has been. He won two Allsvenskan titles with Halmstads, a side who narrowly avoided relegation the season before he took over, and a Division 2 Norra title with Örebro SK before a hugely successful spell with Malmö FF in the late 1980s. He won the Allsvenskan every year between 1985 and 1989 as well as two Swedish Cups and two Swedish Champions Play-Offs. 

He then won a Swiss Super Cup with Neuchâtel Xamax, was the UEFA Cup Runner-Up with Inter Milan, and did a League and Super Cup double with Copenhagen in 2001. 

At international level, he guided Switzerland to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup and qualification for Euro 1996; prior to that Switzerland had not qualified for a major tournament since the 1960s. From 2006 to 2007, he managed the Finland national team, guiding them to their highest-ever FIFA ranking of 33rd place, coming close to qualifying for a major tournament for the first time in their history. He also managed the England national team from May 2012 to June 2016.

In the Premier League, he has taken charge of Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, where he reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2010, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, and now Watford.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Roy Hodgson told watfordfc.com: “You’ve got to be compact as a team because [Christian] Eriksen’s got a load of ability. When he gets time on the ball and a chance to lift his head, if there are spaces the defence have left open, Christian is a player who can see and deliver the pass that is necessary. It’s going to be very important, our strength in defending as a unit, to deny time and space, and hopefully stop Eriksen getting too much of the ball.

“It would be unfair on Brentford [to call him the only threat], because they’re playing very well and are a very strong team unit. He’s made them stronger but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that if we nullify his actions, the others won’t be able to step up and do a good job themselves.”

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Derek Eaton

Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury

VAR: Graham Scott 

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

Watford 2021/22

375 fouls - 2nd most in Premier League 

52 yellow cards - 12th in Premier League 

2 red cards - 3rd in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

This weekend there is no London Overground service between Kilburn High Road and Euston and no National Rail service in or out of Euston. From West London, supporters can use the Richmond branch of the Overground, or Bakerloo Line through Paddington, to re-join the Watford High Street branch of the Overground at Willesden Junction.

Read our Travel Guide

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tomorrow's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

In the UK, the game is only available on Bees Player. Former Brentford midfielder Carl Hutchings joins Mark Burridge for live commentary from Vicarage Road. 

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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Match Reports

Watford 1 Brentford 2

Bees grab last gasp winner at Vicarage Road

16 April 2022

Pontus Jansson headed in a last gasp winner as Brentford beat Watford. The captain arrived to head home a Christian Eriksen cross in the dying seconds to give Brentford a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. It completed a remarkable double for Brentford and Jansson. He scored his only other goal in Brentford’s 2-1 win over the same opponents in December. That night it was the equaliser and Bryan Mbeumo scored a stoppage time winner in a 2-1 victory; a trick repeated on a warm Easter Saturday.

Brentford were not at their best but managed to stay in the game and get the win. Christian Nørgaard scored early on to put The Bees in front and Brentford had the better of the first half, albeit they were by no means dominant. Watford levelled after a Video Assistant Referee check early in the second half and the game looked destined to end all square. Watford missed a golden chance late on, although it may have been offside, and when Brentford got theirs seconds later, Jansson took it.

There was a relatively sedate start to the game, perhaps influenced by the elevated temperatures as the sun shone down. Both teams had spells of possession but mostly in their own half, content to look to build in to the contest. The teams matched each other with three in the centre of midfield and neither was able to take control or create much in the first minutes.

The first sight of goal was created by Brentford for Eriksen. He had the time and space to measure a shot from 25 yards but failed to get the contact he would have liked, and the shot faded wide of the far post. The next time Brentford were in an attacking position, they took the lead.

The goal came from a throw in on the right which Ethan Pinnock propelled in to the penalty area. Kristoffer Ajer flicked it on at the near post and Nørgaard arrived to place a side foot volley home from five yards. Watford completely failed to track Nørgaard’s run in to the penalty area and he had no trouble placing the ball past Ben Foster and in to the net.

The home side would have been frustrated to fall behind, given they had just had a couple of good openings. A corner was half cleared to Moussa Sissoko, but he dragged a shot wide and Juraj Kucka was unable to flick the ball home. There was also a chance for Ismaïla Sarr, who met a cross on the run from Kiko Femenía with a powerful header but was unable to direct it on target.

Watford were forcing Brentford to play in their own half at that point, but a ball forward caused the hosts to concede a throw, and they were soon behind. Yoane Wissa tested Foster with a curling shot soon after, but The Bees were forced in to a change when Pinnock was unable to continue. He walked off holding the back of his leg and Mads Bech was introduced to replace him in the centre of Brentford’s defence.

João Pedro and Kucka both smashed off target from distance as Watford tried to recover and the home side had spells of attacking possession without really troubling David Raya in the Brentford goal. There was an important tackle from Ajer when it looked like Watford were making a breakaway and crosses were well defended by a revamped Brentford defence. And at the other end, The Bees were pressing for a second.

Jansson headed a deep corner back to Vitaly Janelt, who dragged a shot wide from a good position. Eriksen then stung the palms of Foster, who managed to hang on with Ivan Toney lurking. Bryan Mbeumo had a shot blocked and a Wissa effort deflected wide as Brentford pushed Watford back.

Mbeumo set up Wissa from the resulting corner, but his shot was blocked. That gave The Bees another corner that again found Wissa. He miss-hit a shot that bounced around the area and was set for Janelt, but he lashed wide. Mbeumo fired a Rico Henry cross wide on the turn, but Watford ended the half with the initiative.

Henry had to make a very important tackle when it looked like Sarr was going through and a Sissoko header was blocked. Raya had to make his only save of the half from a weak Imrân Louza effort in the last action of the first period. The closest Watford came to scoring was when Ajer miss-hit an attempt to clear a Femenía free kick. The ball flew back past Raya, leaving him stranded, but just past the post.

The second half started as quietly as the first had. Both teams had spells of possession but most of it was in areas that did not worry their opponents. Brentford had the first sight of goal when a clever run from Toney enabled him to get free of the home defence and on to a clipped Eriksen free kick. But Toney did not make the right contact with the first-time shot, and it dribbled just wide of the far post.

It was only seconds later that Watford went down the other end and got their equaliser. The ball was worked to the right and a cross from Femenía reached Emmanuel Dennis at the far post, possibly via the head of Sarr. Dennis steadied himself and lashed a shot high past Raya and in to the net from a tight angle. Celebrations were cut short as Assistant Referee Derek Eaton had his flag raised, indicating Sarr was offside. Video Assistant Referee Graham Scott watched the action and decided no offside offence had been committed, albeit it was not clear in the stadium whether Sarr was onside or if he had not touched the ball. The decision was reversed, the goal was given, and Watford were level.

The goal came ten minutes in to the second half and Watford tried to build on it. Louza hit a defensive wall with a free kick and Raya gathered after a scramble. Samir then brought down a cross and pulled a shot wide on the turn. An Ajer header from a long throw looped in to the arms of Foster and Jansson saw a header saved.

There were frenetic moments towards the end of the game but few spells of sustained pressure and not many chances until a crazy final few seconds. Toney challenged with Samir and smashed a dropping ball from 35 yards towards goal. It beat Foster and bounced just past the post.

As the game entered the final moments, Brentford appeared to have the initiative. Eriksen saw a shot blocked and The Bees pushed on. There was no indication of what was to come.

Watford came close to a late winner when a Dennis free kick was pushed on to the crossbar and over by Raya, but that was just the start of it. There was a mad scramble three minutes in to the five added by Referee Simon Hooper that somehow stayed out. Dennis found space in the penalty area and had a shot that fell to Sissoko. The ball rebounded to King a few yards out, but he hit the inside of the post. It then dropped to Louza, but he fired over. A VAR check may have adjudged at least one Watford player offside, but Brentford still breathed a huge sigh of relief.

They then went and took their opening. A free kick was won in the inside right channel that that Eriksen stood over. His delivery arced to the edge of the six yard box for Jansson to power a header down, past Foster and in. The delivery was inch perfect, Jansson got clear of his man and his header settled in to the net to win the match and spark wild celebrations from the Brentford fans behind the goal as The Bees made it five wins in six and won at Vicarage Road for the first time since 1977.

Watford: Foster; Femenía (sub Cathcart 87 mins), Kabasele, Samir, Kamara; Sissoko, Louza, Kucka (sub Cleverley 84 mins); Sarr, João Pedro (sub King 84 mins), Dennis

Subs (not used): Bachmann, Ngakia, Etebo, Gosling, Forde

Bookings: Kamara (53 mins), Louza (87 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock (sub Bech 21 mins), Henry; Janelt (sub Jensen 74 mins), Nørgaard, Eriksen; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa (sub Ghoddos 66 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Stevens, Roerslev, Baptiste, Fosu, Dasilva

Bookings: Toney (62 mins)

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Ticket News

Tickets for our away trip to Watford on sale at 2pm

Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 2,600+ TAPs will be able to purchase tickets at 2pm today

29 March 2022

Thomas Frank and The Bees make the trip to Vicarage Road to face Roy Hodgson's Watford side on Saturday 16 April (3pm kick-off). Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 2,600+ TAPs (Ticket Access Points) will be able to secure their place for this fixture by logging in to their ticketing account from 2pm today, Tuesday 29 March. Tickets are subject to availability.

Season Ticket/Premium Seat Holders with 2,600+ TAPs have until Thursday, 31 March, 9am to purchase. Any remaining tickets will be made available to Season Ticket Holders on a lower TAPs threshold on Thursday 31 March at 2pm.

Get ready to buy at 2pm

On Monday, we emailed My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game to give them the opportunity to buy their ticket at the same time. Those Members who are yet to purchase their tickets can still do so (subject to availability). They can also check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account here at 2pm.

*My Bees Membership note: this season, members receive five per cent of all away Match Ticket allocations which will remain separate from the Season Ticket Holders allocation. Don’t forget, My Bees Members must register their interest for the away games they would like to go to. If you do not register your interest, you will not have the opportunity to buy. Register your interest here.

Please note: to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,800+TAPs: Monday 28 March, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 29 March

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Monday 28 March, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 29 March
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 2,600+ TAPs: Tuesday 29 March at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 31 March
  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders at a lower TAPs threshold: Thursday 31 March at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 1 April
  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders: Friday 1 April at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 15 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
20-64
Seniors
65 and over

Full-time Student

Juniors
18 and under

Standard £30 £22 £18 £10

All wheelchair users/Ambulant Disabled tickets may have a free ticket for their personal assistant. All disabled/ambulant pricing is to be charged at their relevant rates. 

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Those under the age of 14 will NOT be permitted entry to the Ground unless accompanied by a person over 18 years.

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 12noon - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £25 £15

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 12 April.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • Open 2 hours 30 minutes prior to kick-off on matchdays until half time, then open for 30 minutes after full time (subject to fixture)
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION   

Students must be in full time education and bring a valid student card (including an expiration date). Supporters aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over). Children aged three and under are able to sit on the lap of their parent/guardian, they therefore do not require a ticket.

Watford operate a turnstile entry system using QR code tickets. The QR code on the tickets must not be marked or tampered with in any way as this may affect entry into the stadium. When approaching the turnstile they should have the tickets ready to gain access. Please ensure your supporters are aware that all concession tickets are checked on entry to our stadium, anyone found using an incorrect ticket will be denied access without a refund.

SUPPORTER CHARTER   

More information can be found online here.

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