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MansionBet Match Preview: Watford (A)

All attentions now turn on the Sky Bet Championship, of which there are just 18 games to go starting with a trip to Vicarage Road. 

In association with City's Principal Partner MansionBet, we take a closer look at the match...

It's full focus on the league for the Robins, after Wednesday's Emirates FA Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield United.

The Premier League outfit did enough to control the game though City stood firm against the test until a VAR decision awarded the Blades an ultimately-decisive penalty in the tie.

Alfie Mawson's red card for handball, despite being unable to get out of the flight of the ball as he tried to defend, meant it would be a frustrating evening under the Bramall Lane lights.

Highlights: Sheffield United v Bristol City

 

Another away game follows just three days later as the Robins look to get their league campaign back on track at the home of Watford.

Head Coach Dean Holden will be preparing his side to avoid what would be a fifth, straight defeat in all competitions.

But there were positives this week with Holden keen to to see his team replicate a "performance full of heart" and be organised as a unit once more. Wednesday night also proved to be a club debut to remember for Academy graduate Ryley Towler, who impressed at left-back. Having been on the bench already this season, he could be in line for his league debut on Saturday.

The reverse fixture at Ashton Gate has so far been City's only goalless draw of the campaign to date. The Hornets controlled possession in the first half back in November, but City went at them in the second half only to be denied by an in-form Ben Foster.

Since then Watford have lost only four times in the Championship as they keep their play-off hopes alive by sitting fourth in the standings. As for the Robins, they join a mix of sides competing for the top six and remain just six points off AFC Bournemouth.

Mawson has picked up a new, impact knee injury and so will not be available for Saturday's game. The Hornets are hopeful full-back Kiko Femenia will be fit after injury, while Dan Gosling and Isaac Success may return to first-team action.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Vicarage Road
When: Saturday, February 13th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: John Brooks
Assistants: Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson
Fourth official: Craig Hicks

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Watford 1-3 Bristol City
Tuesday, February 22nd 2011
nPower Championship

City came from behind to beat Watford at Vicarage Road to climb further away from the relegation zone.

The hosts led when Don Cowie shot past David James in the 19th minute but Nicky Maynard tapped the Robins level before half-time.

Second half goals thanks to Marvin Elliott's header and Brett Pitman's emphatic strike sealed victory in Hertfordshire.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Watford v Bristol City

Played: 96
City won: 37  (39%)
Drew: 30
City lost: 29  

Bristol City goals: 36
Watford goals: 33

Bristol City top goalscorers: Famara Diédhiou (8)
Watford top goalscorer: Troy Deeney (7)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Watford most assists: Ken Sema (4)

Bristol City clean sheets: 9
Watford clean sheets: 11

League positions
Bristol City: 10th (39 points)
Watford: 4th (48 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Towler made his debut in Wednesday's FA Cup action
VAR - not in use in the Championship - went against City and Alfie Mawson

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