Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Can AFCB topple Watford?

Watford are unbeaten this season and while they have drawn a couple of games they are still looking very impressive, especially at home. Importantly Zola pointed towards the fact that he was not happy with his team's defensive performance in their last game against Nottingham Forest. Most commentators have been focusing on the attacking qualities on their team as they have scored in every game so far, but there is a feeling that they do have defensive weaknesses. One player Zola is expected to bring in is Joel Ekstrand who is a 24-year old defender, while Belkalem may also get a starting role, according to local press reports.

Almunia in goal already showed against AFCB that he does not always do so well against the high ball when he comes to punch and several of Steve Cook's long throws unsettled the Hornet's defence when AFCB played them in the league. Zola also felt that Lewis McGougan or Pudil were not doing as much as needed on the right hand side in the last game.

We know that AFCB's midfield can take the game to the Hornets and if the team can defend set-pieces with more precision than they have done in away games, AFCB might have a chance. Angella must be closely watched when he has heading opportunities. AFCB must look to frustrate and break on Watford with speed. 

Zola also mentioned that Watford are suddenly not creating as much up front as they had been. It is a very fine line between success and failure and if things do not go Watford's way early on the home crowd noise will fall for them in a game they expect to win. AFCB might not have to face Troy Deeney this time as Fabrinni may get his chance, and I wouldn't mind if Ikechi Anya feels like he needs a rest as well. 

The Forest and Reading games will have been a bit of a dent in Watford's proud record and I expect them to come out all guns blazing against AFCB in the Capital One Cup. AFCB need to box clever, keep things tight and look for the gaps when Watford over extend themselves. There will be key moments when chances fall for either team. Our record in front of goal has not been strong enough this season and we need a bit of luck to see things click. But a good away victory would once again show fans that you just don't know what is going to happen in these matches.


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