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In the English Championship, the second highest division on the island, the relegated from the Premier League are known to be among the hottest candidates for promotion in the following season. If you take a look at the current table constellation of the Championship, not every PL relegated team has been able to convince. Norwich City is currently bobbing around in 17th place in the table.
Before the international break, the Canaries conceded a home bankruptcy against Rams from Derby, who at the time were still without a point. For the latter, the away win at Norwich after the catastrophic start of the season was a real breakout. After the international break, Derby is now facing the next match against a promotion aspirant.
The Rams receive the guests from Watford in their home in Pride Park. As the odds comparison of the betting base shows, Derby County vs. Watford the home side according to quotas in the outsider role – even though the guests may not arrive with the best cast. In addition, the Hornets’ favorite role with the weak away form in 2020 is not exactly confirmed.
So it wouldn’t be surprising if Derby County vs. Watford confirmed a prognosis for the home side. The quotes on a home win have value.
The season opener in the 2020/21 Championship could not have gone worse for Phillip Cocu. The Dutch head coach of the Rams and his team lost the first three games of the English second division and also conceded eight goals. On the last day of the match, punctually before the international break, the break was successful.
That sense of achievement was balm for the soul of Phillip Cocu. After all, the Dutchman has been heavily criticized in recent weeks. It would be all the more important for the 49-year-old head coach to also win the upcoming match against the next aspirant in order to climb up the championship table.
At home in Pride Park, the Rams did not win any points in the last four championship games. Five home games in a row were lost almost nine years ago. It therefore remains to be seen whether that negative series will be discontinued or the Derby with three points over Watford will record a home win in the championship for the first time since June 2020.
Before the international break, team captain Wayne Rooney gave the Rams the important away win in Norwich just before the end of the game. Whether the former Manchester United star will also be a success factor against Watford will be revealed on Friday evening. Coach Phillip Cocu will not have to complain about any major losses on the fifth day of the championship.
Players like Marshall (Scotland), Knight (Ireland) and Jozwiak (Poland) were appointed to the national team during the international break and have therefore only recently returned. It remains to be seen whether Cocu will use those players in the starting XI.
In contrast to the Rams from Derby, the Hornets from Watford went into the international break with a defeat. For the Premier League relegated it was the first defeat of the current championship season. The defeat was by no means surprising. The Hornets did not know how to convince abroad in this calendar year.
Overall, there was no regular away win for the Hornets in the last 13 away games, regardless of season or competition. In the current championship season there was a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday and an away defeat (0-1) against Reading in the first two away games. It therefore remains rather questionable whether the negative streak abroad against Derby County will end.
In order to realize the promotion this season, Watford had avoided a sell-out of high performers and stars in the summer. Behind PL relegated AFC Bournemouth Watford has the second most expensive squad in the English second division. Some of the most valuable players in the Hornets roster include players like Sarr, Pedro and Hughes.
Friday is the transfer deadline day for domestic transfers. Accordingly, top clubs from the Premier League can continue to put out feelers for players from the championship. One of the targets are the Hornets, who have quite interesting players in the squad. So it remains to be seen whether Watford can continue to avoid serious departures.
Coach Vladimir Ivic may therefore even have to adjust to restrictions in the squad on Friday evening if players should actually change on the deadline day. The 43-year-old Serb will have to do without Success and Perica on Friday evening due to an injury. The latter would not be operational anyway due to its lock.
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