Norwich City 0-2 Watford: As it Happened
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Good night!
That's all from me, Chris Lincoln, on a night that Watford secured a massive three points against a Norwich side that appear to have a mammoth task to stay in the Premier League.

And that is just the start of the fireworks on a thrilling weekend ahead.

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Tactically inept
Daniel Farke has got a lot of work to do in the next fortnight.

Not only have they picked up just one point in seven but they have also scored just two goals during that period.

The amount of individual mistakes is extremely concerning. Norwich are learning the hard way that you can't afford to lose the ball in dangerous positions so often.

Hernandez continues to look a talent going forward but the collective lack of creativity is also very worrying and Teemu Pukki looks a shadow of the player he was in August.

Norwich had a strong spell for five minutes when Kabasele got sent off but there was no Plan B for the Canaries.
The Hornets leapfrog Norwich and Southampton into 18th and the Canaries will enter the international break at the foot of the table.
Watford weren't great but that is a vital three points - finally their first win of the campaign.
FULL-TIME: NORWICH CITY 0-2 WATFORD
One point in seven. You have to fear for Norwich.

For the first time this season, jeers ring out around Carrow Road.

90+2' Desperation. Godfrey skews an effort wide.
There is no Plan B at all here for Norwich.

McLean, naturally a central midfielder, can't buy an accurate cross, Tom Trybull doesn't seem to know where to position himself and the three or four attacking midfielders in yellow keep picking up each other's spaces.

Five minutes to go
Late drama?
Norwich don't seem to have much left here. Rash challenges and heads down all over the pitch.
Last change from Watford
88' Adam Masina replaces Jose Holebas.
Kenny McLean has gone to left wing whilst Drmic is just trying to distract the Watford back five.
Drmic is hobbling, Aarons is back on the right and Norwich are playing without a left-back...
Gray chips over
83' Todd Cantwell loses the ball and Andre Gray is released into space.

The striker drives forward but chips the ball over Krul and over the crossbar.

81' Until Lewis is replaced by Mario Vrancic!
Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis are both playing down the left at the moment. The former in front of the latter.
Watford taking their time over everything...

These points are huge. Ten minutes to play.

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Tipped over by Foster!
71' It's another fantastic save from Ben Foster!

Kenny McLean picks up a loose ball on the edge of the box, connects sweetly, and his effort is tipped over by the former England international.

Mariappa on
70' The experienced Adrian Mariappa replaces Deulofeu shortly after Will Hughes is cautioned for another foul.
RED CARD! Kabasele sent off!
65' We said his earlier booking could cause problems and it has led to a huge headache for the visitors.

With the ball running towards the touchline, Christian Kabasele inexplicably clatters Josip Drmic into the advertising boards and is given a second yellow.

We featured Todd Cantwell in the matchday preview after recent errors in consecutive matches.

He was on fire at the start of the season and needs to deliver now...especially as he is in my Fantasy Football Team.

Pukki is my captain...

Buendia is back on the bench, incidentally.
Great save Foster!
63' Out of nowhere, Jamal Lewis releases a rasping drive from range but a flying save from Foster turns the ball wide.
Buendia storms down the tunnel in frustration.

The 22-year old spent much of his last outing at Carrow Road throwing his hands in the air and shouting at teammates in the defeat to Man United.

Double Norwich change
62' Buendia and Stiepermann off, Todd Cantwell and Josip Drmic on.
60' Teemu Pukki volleys over from range without any conviction.

Even though he started the game with as many goals as the entire Watford side, the Finn looks bereft of confidence.

Almost an hour into the game and Tom Trybull has completed all 33 passes from the base of midfield.

But still no end product from Norwich - Stiepermann, in particular, has been extremely ineffective.

A backheel volley!
It's extremely clever from Gray but Norwich are masters of their own downfall again.

Buendia loses the ball after trying to collect a Lewis pass that was meant for Hernandez before a rash lunge from Tettey results in Deulofeu skipping past him.

The former Barcelona player has two attempts at the cross before eventually picking out Gray who, back to goal, spins in the air and flicks an effort past Krul, albeit with a big deflection off Lewis.

GOAL! Norwich 0-2 Watford
52' Andre Gray with a delightful flick!
49' Kabasele is booked for hauling down Hernandez.

That could cause big issues with the Belgian constantly having to cover Janmaat against the Cuban.

47' Doucoure muscles the ball away from McLean before driving forward and striking an effort from range that is deflected over by Aarons.
Back underway
How pivotal will the next 45 minutes be come May?
Trick or treat?
Emi Buendia has touched the ball 46 times in the first half, much more than any other midfielder on the pitch.

But whilst he has endeavoured to atone for his error, it is that one touch in the first two minutes that is proving costly to his side.

A danger going forward but also a danger to himself, Buendia has lost the ball more times than all but Kenny McLean tonight.

It sums up his season so far.

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HALF-TIME: NORWICH CITY 0-1 WATFORD
An early goal from Gerard Deulofeu separates the sides following an Emi Buendia error but the home side have come back well.

Onel Hernandez has been on five dribbles, beating Janmaat each time, but needs to find some quality with his final delivery.

45+3' Another strike from Pukki but his volley is straight at Foster again.
45' Pukki snatches at one from outside the box but it is comfortably gathered by Foster.
3 added minutes...
38' Another chance is created down the left with Hernandez finding Pukki. The Finn cuts the ball to Buendia but he blazes his strike over.

Daryl Janmaat is nowhere to be seen for Watford...

Hernandez causing problems
35' But Onel Hernandez is a huge threat.

This time his cross picks out Kenny McLean but his free header is guided straight into the hands of Foster.

Norwich lacking the final ball
Between them, Norwich's attacking midfield trio have an average pass success rate of just 58%...
Gray goes close!
32' Within seconds of coming on, Andre Gray sees an effort squeeze just wide.

The striker spinned on the penalty spot before an outstretched leg of Godfrey diverted the shot past the post.

Andre Gray on
30' Andre Gray, who was dropped for this game, replaces Pereyra.

A different challenge for the Norwich defenders.

Pereyra is struggling but it is not Deeney who is preparing to come on...
Open game!
Pinball at both ends of the pitch with Max Aarons causing problems at one end before Abdoulaye Doucouré nearly bundles his way through the Norwich defence. Roberto Pereyra also nipped away from Tettey far too easily but didn't fancy a strike on his left foot as Aarons closed down the space.
Close!
23' Norwich again lose the ball in a dangerous position, this time Will Hughes stealing it away from Tettey before striking an effort wide from just outside the box.
Foster gets lucky!
21' Marco Stiepermann is starting to see a lot more of the ball and he plays through Hernandez who is thwarted by a sliding challenge from Ben Foster as he races out of goal.

Teemu Pukki picks up the loose ball, turns and gets a strike away, only to be blocked by Christian Kabasele.

18' A first shot from Norwich as Buendia whips across a dangerous free-kick, only for Tettey to lash a wild effort wide.
Watford appear to be playing with a 5-4-1 diamond midfield without the ball but quickly transition into a 4-4-2 when they are in possession.
12' Janmaat is granted acres of room as Lewis is caught in the middle of the park.

A wayward cross from the right wing-back is met by Will Hughes before the midfielder cuts the ball back to Deulofeu but the Spaniard mishits his strike.

Norwich have responded well but they are lacking a final product in the last third.
Close!
4' Watford have their tails up as Janmaat connects with a corner at the near post, only to head just over the crossbar.
Buendia mistake
2' It's a shocker for Emi Buendia!

The midfielder is robbed in the middle of the park by Gerard Deulofeu who eases past Tom Trybull and slots the ball past Tim Krul.

GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Watford
Incredible!
Kick-off
A massive 90 minutes ahead!
Last Post
A perfectly observed period of silence as both managers lay poppy reefs on the pitch and the Last Post is played.
Players in the tunnel
I'm not sure how much of a difference this will make over 90 minutes but the Watford players look relatively relaxed whilst their Norwich counterparts seem nervous.

Jamal Lewis looks like a young player making his debut!

Freezing cold and soaking wet but who is going to ignite their season this evening?
Will his presence make a difference?
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Just over ten minutes to go...
Just enough time to read Daniel Farke's pre-match thoughts and our matchday preview.
Lest we forget
It is also Remembrance Weekend with clubs up and down the country holding a period of silence before kick-off.
And if that isn't enough to whet your appetite, there are two huge derbies in the Championship with Nottingham Forest hosting Derby County and Millwall playing Charlton.

Bristol City cross the Bristol Channel to face Cardiff City and there is a whole host of FA Cup First Round ties, beginning with Dulwich Hamlet vs Carlisle United this evening.

On Sunday afternoon, struggling Manchester United host in-form Brighton whilst Wolves and Aston Villa contest a West Midlands derby.

Then there is the big one...Liverpool vs Manchester City!

Big weekend ahead
What a huge weekend of football coming up.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace and Leicester City vs Arsenal are both intriguing encounters in the top half of the table, whilst the two sides directly above Norwich and Watford play tomorrow afternoon.

Defeat for either Southampton or Everton could result in a P45 being issued on Monday morning...

Burnley vs West Ham, Spurs vs Sheffield United and Newcastle vs Bournemouth are the other three fixtures in the Premier League tomorrow.

Top 26 club?
Interesting comments from Stuart Webber, Norwich City Sporting Director, speaking to Sky Sports.

"Our objective was always to be a top 26 club."

Would it be that easy to come back up if Norwich go down?

Key clash: Onel Hernandez vs Daryl Janmaat
The first Cuban to play and score in the Premier League, Onel Hernandez, was the one shining light the last time Norwich played a game at Carrow Road.

Pace and determination, he faces one of the best right-sided defenders in the league with Daryl Janmaat surely expecting a busy night ahead.

Key clash: Emi Buendia vs Etienne Capoue
Like Deulofeu, Emi Buendia can blow hot and cold for his side. The attacking midfielder has created the second most goals in the league but also lost the ball more than all but Wilf Zaha.

Etienne Capoue returns to the Watford midfield after missing the whole of October through injury. Can he break up the creativity of Buendia in the middle of the park?

Key clash: Gerard Deulofeu vs Ben Godfrey
Watford are desperate for goals and the last player to score for the Hornets is Gerard Deulofeu, who both won and netted a late penalty against Chelsea last weekend.

The Spaniard is inconsistent but on his day he can strike fear into any opponent.

That said, Ben Godfrey has endured a mixed start to the campaign and will have to be at his best to stop the tricky attacker if he lights up Carrow Road tonight.

Ten and out?
Rumour has it that if Watford lose today, Quique Sanchez Flores could be out of a job again...after just ten games.

His comments of, 'We know perfectly well that it will decide a lot for the future of the team', suggests that he knows what his team need to do tonight.

Meanwhile, Daniel Farke has claimed that he is 'not worried' if his team lose tonight.

Mind games?

Talking of August, which seems a long time ago with the recent terrible weather up and down the country, that was the last time Watford captain Troy Deeney featured for his side. The striker is back on the bench this evening.

Will Hughes and Etienne Capoue start in midfield, whilst Jose Holebas returns to the eleven and Craig Cathcart has recovered from the knock he picked up at Chelsea.

It is perhaps a surprise that Daniel Farke has opted to stick with the same eleven that lost 2-0 to Brighton last weekend in a pretty dull display.

Alex Tettey remains in defence alongside Ben Godfrey with Ibrahim Amadou only on the bench. Todd Cantwell is also out of the starting eleven, whilst Mario Vrancic takes his place amongst the substitutes for the first time since August.

Here are the teams
Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Tettey, Lewis; Trybull, McLean; Hernandez, Buendia, Stiepermann; Pukki

Watford: Foster; Janmaat, Dawson, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes; Pereyra, Deulofeu

Welcome back!
Apparently there is a big game at the top of the table this weekend?

But all eyes are directed towards East Anglia this evening.

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Trio back for Norwich
There is also positive news for the home side on the injury front.

Todd Cantwell and Ibrahim Amadou have both recovered from knocks, whilst midfielder Mario Vrancic is likely to be part of the squad, albeit not in a starting role.

Deeney in contention
Deeney's possible return is of two-fold importance with the captain set to lead from the front and provide an added goal threat - the 31-year old has finished Watford's league top goalscorer in four of the last eight seasons.

Quique Sanchez Flores also confirmed, “We have [José] Holebas, [Etienne] Capoue, [Sebastian] Prödl, [Ismaila] Sarr, players who have recovered in the week, and now we have more options. It's good for the team.”

Norwich with the better record
...and Craig Cathcart, who is a doubt after picking up a back injury on Saturday, scored at the wrong end the last time these two sides met, a 4-2 home victory for Norwich in May 2016.

That was one of just two previous Premier League meetings between the clubs with Watford winning the reverse fixture that season 2-0.

Troy Deeney scored in both contests and could make a welcome return ahead of schedule after being unavailable since mid-August.

Set pieces could be key
The two clubs have conceded eight goals from set pieces between them, four apiece.

However, Watford are one of just two clubs not to score from such a position this season (although goalkeeper Foster came close last weekend) and Norwich have only netted twice from set pieces.

But Watford have scored two own goals during this campaign...

Carrow Road is the place for entertainment
But Norwich is the place to come for goals.

There have been at least three goals scored in the last five Premier League fixtures at Carrow Road, whilst Norwich have conceded at least twice in eight of their previous nine games home and away.

Where are the goals coming from?
Whilst Teemu Pukki remains without a goal in his last six league fixtures, contrasting against the six he netted in the opening five, Watford desperately need to start taking their chances.

Two of their six goals have come from the penalty spot and they have a lowly conversion rate of just 4%, despite averaging a healthy 12.6 shots per game. All of their goals have come from different players, leaving them as the only top flight club with a top goalscorer on just a solitary strike.

That is just 0.2 shots per game less than they concede but they have shipped almost four times as many goals at a conversion rate of 16% - one in every six shots against them goes in.

Sky Sports are here
The game is live on Sky Sports Main Event with Norwich's last viewing in front of the cameras showcasing a shock victory over Premier League champions, Manchester City.

But the Canaries have picked up just one point in the six games following that remarkable evening, scoring only two goals in the process.

As for Watford, they played on Sky Sports as recently as Saturday evening when Ben Foster's last gasp header almost stole a point against Chelsea.

But they are still yet to win a game all season, scoring only six goals in eleven fixtures.

Welcome!
Welcome along to VAVEL UK's live coverage of this huge fixture at the foot of the Premier League table between Norwich City and Watford.

Neither side can climb out of the relegation zone this weekend but a win would do wonders for confidence levels and could kick-start a revival for either club.

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