Our prediction for this Championship match:
After suffering a 1-0 loss to Barnsley in their last league fixture, Watford will be looking to return to winning ways in the Championship when they host Stoke City at their Vicarage Road. The Hornets dropped to sixth position in the standings, but they are still seen as one of the main favourites to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. Vladimir Ivic can’t count on the likes of Masina, Perica, Success, and Dele-Bashiru for the midweek clash, while experienced attacker Troy Deeney is rated doubtful.
The Potters, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-0 to Swansea City, with the team beating Rotherham United thanks to James McClean’s goal. Clucas has joined experienced duo Shawcrorss – Allen in the recovery room, but Stoke City are definitely capable of matching the Hornets, who do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment.
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 (Stoke City):
Stoke City FC (named Stoke FC until 1925) is an English football club from the city Stoke-on-Trent (located in the north of England). De club was founded in the year 1863 and next to Notts County FC the club from Stoke is the oldest professional football club worldwide. Different signs of Stoke City show that the club is founded in 1868. Currently Stoke City is playing in the Premier League. The home games of Stoke City are hosted in the Britannia Stadium which holds a capacity for 29 000 spectators.
The most known nickname of Stoke City FC is the Potters. The main club colors of the club are red and white. The away it is colored in blue. The only 3 prizes Stoke City managed to win so far are the League Cup in 1972 and the Football League Trophy twice (1992 and 2000). Famous players that played for Stoke City FC are: Ameobi, Gudjohnsen and Peter Crouch.