By Lewis Thompson
Twitter – @LewisThomps0n
Liverpool are looking to keep their place at the top of the Premier League as they take on Watford at Anfield on Wednesday night. It is crucial that Liverpool need to keep that small gap between them and Manchester City. After drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, it is important that The Reds earn all three points in this game which will not be a straight forward task for them.
The last time Watford beat Liverpool at Anfield was all the way back on the 14th of August 1999, with that being the only time Liverpool have actually lost at home to The Hornets. Liverpool will be hungry for goals as they have scored a tremendous 18 goals in their last five games against Watford winning four out of the five and drawing one.
Earlier on this season, Liverpool picked up a solid 3-0 win at Vicarage Road. Watford’s recent run of form hasn’t been too bad as they have won two of their last five, drawing two and losing one. Watford have picked up wins away to Cardiff where they scored five and at home to Everton. They also drew to Burnley and Brighton and lost 2-1 at Wembley to Spurs. Javi Gracia has provided success for Watford in the FA Cup as they have recently progressed through the 5th round after beating QPR 1-0. The Spaniard will also be looking to get the three points at Anfield as he stated in his press conference “I always want three points”.
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Kiko Femenia is looking to be the only major absentee for Watford as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered back in January. However, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prodl may miss out as they are both dealing with small muscle injuries. Holebas will miss the clash at Anfield as he is serving the second game of his two-match ban after picking up ten yellow cards.
Now onto my predicted line-up for the game. I think Gracia will keep the same team that thrashed Cardiff City last Friday 5-1. This means it will be a defensive 4-2-2 with Ben Foster in nets, Janmaat at right back and Masina at left back with Cathcart and Mariappa at the centre of defence.
Then in-front of the back line Doucoure and Capoue as holding midfielders, Pereyra and Hughes as attacking midfielders just behind Deeney and Deulofeu who are both danger men after they scored all five goals between them against Cardiff City.
With Firmino looking to be out injured for this game, I’m slightly worried about our attack and creating chances. Recently our front three have not been at their best, however I do have confidence that we can go out and get another result to stay top of the league. I’m going to go with a 2-0 win to Liverpool with Shaqiri getting a goal and Salah netting one. Tell me how you think the game will go, COME ON YOU F*CKING REDS!!
By Lewis Thompson