Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on Vicarage Road when Watford and Sunderland take on each other in a highly-anticipated Championship game. The Hornets failed to spoil Blackburn’s party at Riverside Stadium (0-2), but the fact that they have already recorded three wins at home this term is giving fans a reason for optimism. Even though Ismaila Sarr has joined all Cleverley, Manaj, Kalu, Dele-Bashiru, and Louza in the recovery room, home win should be considered as Watford have turned their Vicarage Road into a real fortress.
The Black Cats, on the other hand, produced probably their best performance of the season on Wednesday, with the team rolling over Reading 3-0 on the road. Sunderland are eager to stay in the playoffs berth, but seeing that the Hornets are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the visitors are unlikely to grab something from Saturday’s showdown. To make things even worse for the visiting side, Ellis Simms suffered a foot injury in the midweek triumph.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cleverley):
Tom Cleverley started his youth career at Bradford City, but, at the age of 11 he joined Manchester United football academy. The 175-cm-tall midfielder made a great progress during his spell with the Old Trafford outfit and it has to be noted that he made his first-team debut with the Red Devils in a 3-2 win over Manchester City in the 2011 Community Shield.
Cleverley, who played for the likes of Leicester City, Watford, Wigan and Aston Villa on loan, scored three goals in 55 appearances in the league for Man Utd and in the summer of 2015 he signed a five-year deal with Everton. The midfielder scored two goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Toffees and he spent the second half of the 2016/2017 season on loan at Watford.
On March 31, 2017 Tom Cleverley signed a permanent five-year deal with the Hornets for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, the Watford footballer made his England debut in a 2-1 win over Italy on August 15, 2012. Cleverly was born in Basingstoke, England on August 12, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.