Watford host Norwich City in a must-win match as they bid to avoid relegation back to the Championship.
While the Canaries, too, will know victory here is essential to keep alive any faint hopes of remaining in the Premier League. Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray scored at Carrow Road back in November to hand the Hornets a 2-0 win, despite Christian Kabasele’s red card with 25 minutes remaining, though the Spaniard is likely out for the remainder of the season – a crushing blow for Nigel Pearson’s side who are looking to snap a three-game losing streak here.
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74 min: Cleverley’s free kick is blocked but comes out to Masina, who sends a shot over the bar with his weaker foot.
73 min: Sarr is caught by Vrancic and howls in pain. Another free kick for Watford, and more defending to do for the visitors.
71 min: Vrancic sends a searching, overly ambitious ball in the direction of Pukki, but overcooks it and watches as it races behind for a goal kick.
70 min: Not a bad way to score it.
68 min: More nice, intricate build-up play from Norwich, with Buendia at the centre of it. Watford quickly snuff out the danger, though. It’s more style than substance from the visitors. Time for another drinks break.
66 min: Cleverley sends the set piece in the direction of the newly prolific Dawson, who’s beaten to it this time. The ball is eventually played back into the middle by Watford, though, and Cleverley hits a shot straight at Krul.
65 min: A frustrated Lewis barges into Sarr and concedes a free kick, which Watford will no doubt send into the box. Sarr has had a decent game tonight, even if his end product hasn’t always been there.
61 min: A couple of scares for Watford, first as Hernandez sends a ball across the face of goal, then when Pukki goes over in the box under a challenge from Kabasele, who just about gets to the ball before taking the man.
58 min: Norwich look for an instant response. Vrancic has a shot blocked but the ball comes back to him and he plays a pass into the feet of Pukki. He can’t control, and Watford hack clear. From the corner that follows, Klose finds some space but he too sees his effort blocked.
54 min: Chance! Really nicely worked from Norwich. Vrancic starts it off, picking out Stiepermann, who in turn finds Lewis on the left. His first time ball across is met by Hernandez, whose shot is well blocked. The ball then comes out to Aarons, and his powerful effort is parried away by Foster.
51 min: The second half has started at a fairly low tempo. It has the feel of a key game in the group stages of a World Cup. Neither side seems willing to brave a more attacking approach and risk conceding.
49 min: Welbeck does well to drive inside from the left and draw a foul from Tettey, who needs to be careful on a booking. Hughes’ free kick is headed away by Klose.
47 min: Watford immediately surrender possession and step off the visitors. Lewis gets forward on the left and crosses for Pukki, who glances a header wide from a fair way out.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are 2-1 up against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Blues raced into the lead, but a Wilfried Zaha screamer has given Roy Hodgson’s side hope of a comeback.
Watford, worryingly, are relying on a centre back for goals at the moment. Only Dawson has scored for them since the season restarted.
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When is it and what time is kick-off?
The match will kick off at 6pm at Vicarage Road on Tuesday 7 July.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky One, as well as Sky Sports Arena and Pick.
Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the game on the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer, you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
Watford have no new injury worries. They remain without Isaac Success, Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeu.
Norwich are similarly unaffected by new injuries, with Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann ongoing absentees. Sam Byram is also on the long-term injury list.
Watford: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Capoue, Hughes; Sarr, Doucoure, Welbeck; Deeney.
Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, Tettey; Buendia, Cantwell; Idah, Pukki.
What are the odds?
Watford – 13/19
Draw – 3/1
Norwich – 19/4
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