With a mid-way finish in the Premier League table looking more and more likely, about the only intrigue involving Watford at the moment is what's going on off the pitch.
Watford (13-7-13) enter the matchday 10th in the table, but have a chance to improve that position, and really don't seem like they will slide into the bottom-half. However, a 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal on Monday was their fourth loss in the last six Premier League contests. The Hornets also lost star forward Troy Deeney to an 11th-minute red card - one minute after Arsenal scored the game's only goal.
"After the sending off, it was very demanding for us, but I think we tried," manager Javi Gracia told Watford's official website. "We showed our spirit. We showed our character."
Deeney, who has a team-leading nine Premier League goals, was slapped with a three-game ban for elbowing Arsenal's Lucas Torreira. However, Deeney reportedly is appealing the decision and if overturned could be available for this match. There's also a chance the suspension could be lengthened if the Independent Regular Commission feel the appeal was pointless, which is usually a longshot in most cases.
Watford still have a date with Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup next month to prepare for, which brings us to the Hornets' other off-pitch issue. According to caughtoffside.com, Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue reportedly was recently caught driving at a speed in the neighborhood of 115 miles per hour. It's uncertainly what, if any, action the team or perhaps the FA will take in this situation.
Though it's uncertain who will actually be on the pitch for the visitors Saturday, Watford should feel they have a good opportunity to bounce back from Monday's defeat considering they beat Huddersfield 3-0 at home on Oct. 27. Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success each posted goals and Capoue added an assist as Watford scored early and late in the reverse fixture.
Already relegated and likely to finish at the bottom of the table, the Terriers (3-5-26) haven't won since beating Wolves on Feb. 26. If it's even possible, things seem to have gone from bad to worse for Huddersfield, who have been outscored 8-1 in the last two games.
The latest, a 4-0 trashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Since Dec. 1, Huddersfield Town have been outscored 45-11 and been blanked 12 times whilst going 1-1-19 in the league.
"It's not easy for anyone," midfielder Elias Kachunga told Huddersfield's official website. "This season has been heavy for the mind, the body, everything."I can say that everyone tried to give their best on the pitch (against Spurs). You could see on the pitch we tried to fight for each other, and the supporters to show a good game.
"Hopefully, the next games are better for us and we can create more chances."