As it happened: Watford earn point at Sheffield United
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18:159 months ago

Thank you and goodbye

That's it for our commentary of this Premier League match, but stay tuned at VAVEL UK for more coverage and reaction from the rest of the division.
18:149 months ago

Around the grounds

Here are all the scores from the rest of this afternoon's Premier League games:

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal

Chelsea 0-2 Southampton

Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United

Everton 1-0 Burnley

Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City

18:119 months ago

Full-time stats

Possession: 58%-42%

Shots: 16-5

On target: 4-2

Passes: 511-384

Pass accuracy: 75%-69%

Corners: 9-1

Fouls: 11-8

18:079 months ago

Full-time

It finishes even at Bramall Lane.
18:059 months ago

Added time

91' The Fourth Official has indicated there will be a minimum of four minutes of stoppage time.
18:019 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - WATFORD

88' Another alteration for the Hornets sees Chalobah make way for Dawson.
17:559 months ago

82' Deulofeu goes millimetres wide from a free-kick on the edge of the box. Almost perfection from the Spaniard.
17:519 months ago

Chance

78' The first real chance for Watford this half goes begging, as nice build-up play sees the ball fall to Deeney in the box but his shot is too weak to trouble Henderson.
17:469 months ago

Chance

73' Stevens unleashes a rasping effort from the edge of the box but, once again, Foster gets a hand on it to tip it behind.
17:379 months ago

Chance

64' Nearly an instant impact from the substitute. Mousset storms down the right and supplies a sumptuous ball for Fleck, but somehow Foster saves from point-blank range to keep the scores level.
17:369 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - SHEFFIELD UNITED

63' A like-for-like switch for the hosts as Mousset replaces McBurnie.
17:289 months ago

55' Fleck tries his luck from 30 yards, but fails to trouble Foster. That's been the story of this half so far, though Sheffield United are in the ascendency.
17:189 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - WATFORD

46' A half-time substitution for the visitors as Sarr makes way for Pereyra.
17:179 months ago

Kick-off

46' Sheffield United get us back underway for the second period.
17:059 months ago

Around the grounds

Here are the scores from all the other Premier League games this afternoon:

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (FT)

AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Arsenal (HT)

Chelsea 0-1 Southampton (HT)

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Ham United (HT)

Everton 0-0 Burnley (HT)

Aston Villa 0-0 Norwich City (HT)

17:049 months ago

Half-time stats

Possession: 58%-42%

Shots: 7-2

On target: 3-1

Passes: 291-214

Pass accuracy: 75%-70%

Corners: 2-0

Fouls: 2-5

17:029 months ago

Half-time

It's a goal apiece at the break here at Bramall Lane. Watford took the lead through Deulofeu in the 27th minute, before Sheffield United equalised with a penalty from Oli Norwood.
16:569 months ago

Added time

46' There will be five minutes of stoppage time here.
16:549 months ago

There was a long stoppage for an eye injury to Sarr, but the Senegalese international looks keen to continue for now.
16:479 months ago

GOAL - SHEFFIELD UNITED - 1-1 - NORWOOD

36' An excellent spot kick from the Northern Irishman, and the scores are level once again.
16:479 months ago

Penalty

35' Baldock meanders into the Watford box and is felled by Hughes. A needless challenge from the midfielder, and the hosts now have a perfect chance to equalise.
16:399 months ago

GOAL - WATFORD - 0-1 - DEULOFEU

26' A huge goal for the visitors. Chalobah flicks on a long pass from Foster and Deulofeu runs onto the ball before coolly dispatching past Henderson.
16:309 months ago

19' The hosts have the ball in the back of the net, but Basham is adjudged to have been offside when providing the assist.
16:259 months ago

12' Deulofeu is played through on goal by Deeney, but O'Connell does well to muscle the Spaniard out of possession before he can shoot.
16:229 months ago

Chance

11' Another opportunity for McBurnie, who heads down into the ground, but Foster is equal to it again.
16:229 months ago

Chance

10' The visiting goalkeeper bails his side out. Brilliant football from Sheffield United sees McBurnie unleash at goal, but Foster produces a spectacular save and Kabasele clears the danger on the rebound.
16:169 months ago

6' An edgy start here, with neither side able to break down the other.
16:119 months ago

Kick-off

Watford get us going at Bramall Lane.
16:089 months ago

Take two: the players are out, and proceedings will get underway shortly.
16:019 months ago

There will be a ten minute delay to the kick-off time. The reason has been cited as health and safety related.

The game will now kick off at 15:10 GMT.

15:559 months ago

The players are in the tunnel and kick-off is imminent.
15:059 months ago

Watford team

Foster; Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Femenía; Capoue, Chalobah; Sarr, Hughes, Deulofeu; Deeney.

Substitutes: Gomes, Dawson, Dele-Bashiru, Quina, Pereyra, Success, Gray.

15:049 months ago

Sheffield United team

Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

Substitutes: Verrips, Jagielka, Besic, Freeman, Robinson, Mousset, Sharp.

09:429 months ago

Stay tuned

That's it for now, but live commentary will resume around one hour before kick-off as we bring you the team news.
09:429 months ago

Pearson quotes

"They've got a fantastic work ethic and play a very expansive brand of football. They will cause most teams big problems because of their commitment in how they play, but we've got to make sure that we also cause them problems.

"We've got players in our squad who are very capable, as we proved going to Liverpool and beating Manchester United."

09:419 months ago

Wilder quotes

"They've got a lot of good players. We're looking at a really difficult task. I thought they were quite unfortunate at Liverpool and got their just rewards for a positive performance against Manchester United."
09:409 months ago

Watford team news

Abdoulaye Doucouré will be missing for the visitors after picking up his fifth yellow card on Saturday.

José Holebas, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Sebastian Prödl and Daryl Janmaat all remain long-term absentees.

Predicted XI: Foster; Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenía; Capoue, Hughes; Sarr, Pereyra, Deulofeu; Deeney.

09:389 months ago

Sheffield United team news

Midfielder John Fleck returns from his suspension.

The Blades have no injury concerns.

Predicted XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

09:379 months ago

Match facts

Sheffield United have lost one of their last five league games against Watford at Bramall Lane, though it was the most recent such meeting on October 2010.

Watford are unbeaten in their last four league games with United, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.

The Blades have won their last three Boxing Day games, while the Hornets are winless in their last seven such fixtures on the road.

09:359 months ago

Last meeting

The most recent encounter between the two sides took place in October, when Vicarage Road witnessed a drab goalless draw.

In some ways, the result was positive for both, though: it gave Watford their first clean sheet of the season, and also ensured United's undefeated form on the road would continue, a feat they still boast now.

09:349 months ago

Watford's form

Another surprise package, but for all the wrong reasons. Expectations of more midtable security have been replaced by the threat of relegation, though the arrival of Nigel Pearson at the helm could provide just the tonic they need to evade the drop.

The Hornets defeated Manchester United last weekend to claim just their second win of the season, thanks to goals from Ismaïla Sarr and Troy Deeney.

Watford currently sit 20th in the Premier League table.

09:329 months ago

Sheffield United's form

Here is perhaps the biggest surprise package the top flight has had to offer so far this season - the Blades are sitting cosily in the higher echelons of the standings, continuing their ascendency after promotion from the Championship last campaign.

Their victory at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out made it three on the bounce for United, with Oli McBurnie scoring the winner and two further goals ruled out by VAR.

Sheffield United currently sit 5th in the Premier League table.

09:309 months ago

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