Match Previews

Watford team news: Burn, Lamptey, Veltman and Welbeck out

All the team information ahead of Saturday’s first home game of the campaign.

By Charlie Hanson • 19 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck will miss this Saturday's game against Watford.

Albion will look to extend their winning start to their Premier League season when they welcome Watford on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.

Tickets for the opening home game are still available, which you can purchase here.

Graham Potter’s men began their season with a 2-1 away win at Burnley, while Watford ran out 3-2 winners over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road.

The match at Turf Moor marked only the second time in Albion’s Premier League history that they’ve come from behind to win on the road, as Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister scored in the space of five second-half minutes.

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Extended PL highlights: Burnley 1 Albion 2

The Hornets on the other hand were in cruise control at Vicarage Road, despite a late rally from Villa, as head coach Xisco oversaw his first win in the top tier, having guided Watford to promotion at the first time of asking last season.

This weekend’s visitors to the Amex have had a busy transfer window so far with notable signings including Joshua King (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham) and Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge).

Team news

Graham Potter said in his press conference on Thursday that Albion will still be without Dan Burn, Joel Veltman, Tariq Lamptey and Danny Welbeck, but there are no fresh concerns going into the weekend.

Our last meeting

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Highlights: Albion 1 Watford 1

Adrian Mariappa’s own goal late on ensured Albion took a point when they faced the Hornets at the Amex in February 2020 – one of the final games before lockdown. Abdoulaye Doucoure had opened the scoring after 20 minutes, but the draw pushed Watford further into a relegation battle.

The Watford player to watch

Ismaila Sarr opened his account for the season last weekend and has been linked with a move to Liverpool. The Senegal international scored 13 goals from the wing as they won promotion, and will be aiming for similar numbers this campaign.

Match officials

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn

Fourth Official: John Brooks

Video Assistant Referee: Paul Tierney

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis