Watford vs Wolves preview: Forget about revenge, says Nuno Espirito Santo
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Last Updated: 27/04/19 7:10am
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged his team to forget about a revenge mission against Watford.
The manager is eager to avoid talk of their 3-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Hornets earlier this month, when Wolves blew a 2-0 lead to lose in extra time at Wembley.
"It's a new game, a new challenge. That would be a mistake," said Nuno, who has lost both games to Javi Gracia's side this season.
"Revenge or payback situations can blind you, and take away from your focus and attention."
Watford boss Javi Gracia, always coy in his pre-match press conferences, was particularly guarded over what he may do up front up against the physical Willy Boly and Conor Coady.
"We have played against them with different players both times," said Gracia. "The first one we had Isaac and Gerard, the second one with Troy and Andre Gray. We'll see what happens in the third one."
Wolves are likely to be unchanged when they travel to Watford on Saturday.
Nuno is expected to keep faith with the team which beat Arsenal 3-1 at Molineux on Wednesday and has no fresh injury worries, with Romain Saiss set to be benched again along with Morgan Gibbs-White.
Javi Gracia will have three extra players to choose from against Wolves after José Holebas, Tom Cleverley and Adalberto Peñaranda were declared fit.
Holebas has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury in extra-time of the memorable semi-final win at Wembley. Cleverley has been out with a calf problem while Peñaranda has been out since February.
- In the 19th different campaign in which they've met, Watford are looking to do the league double over Wolves for just the second time, also doing so in 2007-08.
- Wolves have won two of their last three away league games against Watford (L1), as many as they had in their previous 15 at Vicarage Road (W2 D5 L8).
- Watford have won both meetings with Wolves in all competitions this season, once in the league and in the FA Cup semi-final. They've never won three in a row against Wolves before.
- Watford have lost just one of their last 11 home Premier League games against promoted sides (W6 D4), winning the last three in a row.
- Wolves haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League away games, the longest current run in the competition. They had kept two clean sheets in their first four league games on the road this season.
- Wolves are winless in their last five Premier League away games (D2 L3), having won three of their five on the road previously.
- Troy Deeney has scored in three of his five previous meetings with Wolves for Watford in all competitions, including finding the net in each of his last two against them.
- Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 41% of Wolves' 17 away Premier League goals this season (4 goals, 3 assists), netting three of their last five on the road.
- Gerard Deulofeu has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 games in all competitions for Watford (8 goals, 2 assists). However, he's not scored in any of his last eight at Vicarage Road, since netting against Cardiff in December.
- Andre Gray has scored four goals in his last six home games for Watford in all competitions, having netted just three in his first 23 appearances at Vicarage Road for the Hornets.
I watched Wolves against Brighton last week, yes they dominated but I can't remember the keeper making too many good saves, and then four days later they're 3-0 up against Arsenal at half-time.
They need to sort out how they're going to break teams down that don't come out - if you look at the games they'd failed to win which they should have, they'd be pushing the top four! You can put six points on straight away for the two Huddersfield games.
Watford are very underrated, they've got some good players, even the other day against Southampton they ground it out to the end. Obviously they're missing Troy Deeney, but I still think it'll be an open game.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2