Our prediction for this Championship match:
Following a 1-0 loss to Sheffield United, Watford will look to stay in the playoffs race when they take on Preston on Matchday 35. The Hornets did well to beat WBA in their last home game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Preston. Watford’s injury list is pretty long, including the likes of Kamara, Sierralta, Ferreira, Dele-Bashiru, Kayembe, Hause, and Gosling.
The Lilywhites are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but they will have a big fish to fry at Carrow Road. Since Watford are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from the match. Both Andrew Hughes and Emil Riis Jakobsen are sidelined with injuries, while Greg Cunningham faces race against the clock to be fit for the match.
Highlighted Player (Joao Pedro):
Joao Pedro played for Atletico Mineiro during his youth career and he made no less than 11 appearances for the club at senior level. The Brazilian footballer, who was born on 9 March, 1992 in Ipatinga, signed a deal with Palermo on 30 August, 2010 and he made his debut for the Sicilian outfit in the Serie A on 17 January, 2011.
He came as a substitute to replace Josip Ilicic in a 3-1 defeat to Cagliari. On 29 January, 2011 he joined Vitoria Guimaraes on loan and on 19 August he was loaned to Penarol of Uruguay. After ending his loan spell with the Uruguayan team, the Brazilian midfielder joined Santos and he played 10 games for the Brazilian team.
On 1 July he signed a contract with Estoril and he moved to Cagliari at the end of the season. Joao Pedro has 11 caps for Brazil U17 and he scored one goal for the national team.
Highlighted Team (Preston):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later.
In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division).
Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool.
Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.