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Match pack: Aston Villa vs Watford

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Match pack: Aston Villa vs Watford

Game Details

Game: Aston Villa vs Watford
Date: Tuesday 21st January
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 7:30pm

At a Glance

The floodlights will be shining when Aston Villa return home to take on Watford at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

Dean Smith’s side have fared well during five night matches at home this season, winning four and drawing one.

Inspired by Jack Grealish, Villa battled back to draw 1-1 against Brighton on Saturday, a result that saw them stay in 18th place in the Premier League.

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The home side will be aiming to avenge a 3-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road last month and they sit just a point behind the Hornets heading into the game.

Since that match, Nigel Pearson’s team are unbeaten in four games, winning two and drawing twice.

Their last outing saw Troy Deeney miss a golden chance from the penalty spot as they drew 0-0 against Tottenham.

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Head-to-head

Aston Villa and Watford have played 20 times, dating back to their first meeting in a Division Two match in 1969.

The Hornets have edged the match-up, winning eight times compared to Villa’s seven victories.

The last three meetings have all ended in defeat for Villa.

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Team news

Villa boss Dean Smith confirmed on Monday that Jonathan Kodjia has left the club to join Al-Gharafa.

The manager also confirmed that Keinan Davis is out of the game with a hamstring injury.

Long-term absentees Wesley, Tom Heaton, John McGinn and Jed Steer, he has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Opponents Watford will be without Ismaïla Sarr, who scored against Villa last month, after he suffered a leg injury on Saturday. Danny Welbeck is in contention to be in the visitors’ squad for the game as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Kiko Femenía, Will Hughes, Tom Cleverley, Daryl Janmaat and Sebastian Prödl have all been ruled out for the Hornets.

The Boss

We played them fairly recently, so we know a lot about them. We’re looking forward to the game.

“We’ve changed since then [3-0 loss to Watford in December]. We’ve changed our system, the personnel who played against Brighton would have been different to the personnel who played against Watford.

“The games we’ve played since then, I felt like we’ve had a real reaction. Our performances against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton have been good.”

Ways to Follow

You can follow the game on VillaTV.

Tickets

As of Monday afternoon, only a very limited number of tickets remained on sale here. Thanks for your fantastic support!

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By @GregStyles91 21st January 2020