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Watford team news: Trossard and Mac Allister available

All the team news ahead of Saturday's game at Vicarage Road.

By Charlie Hanson • 10 February 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard is back in contention for Albion, after missing Albion's Emirates FA Cup match against Spurs last weekend.

Albion are back in Premier League action for the first time in three weeks on Saturday when they head to Watford, kick-off 3pm.

Graham Potter’s men take on a Hornets team who have the worst home record in the Premier League, having taken just seven points from their 11 games at Vicarage Road.

Albion, on the other hand, have the seventh best away record, suffering just one defeat and picking up seven draws and three wins away from the Amex.

Without a win since 20 November, Watford are on their third manager of the campaign, with former England and Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson taking the reins at the end of January.

They secured their first clean sheet of the league season in his first game – a 0-0 draw with Burnley – before enduring their 15th defeat of the campaign at West Ham on Tuesday.

It makes for good reading for an Albion team who have only suffered two defeats in the 15 games they’ve played against teams below them.

Should they avoid defeat at Vicarage Road, Albion would make it seven games unbeaten in the Premier League, bettering any previous run since their return to the top flight.

For supporters attending the game on Saturday, alcohol is not served in the away end due to the limited concourse size.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Alexis Mac Allister missed out on playing for his country during the last international break due to Covid-19.

Graham Potter confirmed that Leandro Trossard and Alexis Mac Allister are available for Albion after missing last Saturday's Emirates FA Cup defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

He said, "All the guys who were unavailable are available, other than Enock Mwepu and Jeremy Sarmiento. So we're looking good.

"We were half expecting Enock back this week but he had a little bit of a setback - or sideways move. I'm expecting next week he should be there. It was not quite a tweak but it was not really serious.

"I think we have gone on the side of caution in trying to get him back fit and well as best we can and he has made progress. We are at the point now where he is not far away from the training with the group."

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Premier League highlights: Albion 2 Watford 0

Shane Duffy’s return to Albion after a season-long loan with Celtic had got off to a brilliant start. He put in a solid away performance at Burnley on the opening day before nodding in his first goal of the campaign the following week against Watford. Neal Maupay added Albion’s second that afternoon after an excellent interception from Yves Bissouma, as Albion made it back-to-back wins.

Watford player to watch

Of the 23 Premier League goals Watford have scored this campaign, striker Emmanuel Dennis has been involved in 13 of them. With eight goals and five assists, the striker could prove to be the man that drags the Hornets to safety this campaign.

Match officials

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Assistants: Marc Perry, Timothy Wood.

Fourth official: Peter Bankes.

VAR: Lee Mason.

Assistant VAR: Simon Beck.