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A preview of the weekend's fixture

2 October 2020

Three games down, three wins recorded... but 43 more games to go in this marathon of a season.

It's been a good start to 2020-21 but there's a long way to go before we can get too carried away... especially with some tough opposition upcoming. We'll need to be on our game to get through these tests and keep up our streak.

Watford arrive undefeated so far in the league... 1-0 wins against Middlesbrough and local rivals Luton bookend a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday. A solid start as they look to mount a charge for an immediate return to the top tier.

And the Hornets have the incentive of going above us, should they win... as you'd expect, it's tight at the top with just a few games gone.

iFollow

A reminder to our fans that this game is available on a Video Match Pass for fans in the UK and Ireland, but overseas fans will need to tune in on their TV to watch as it has been selected for international broadcast. Any International Season Pass holders will be able to listen to audio commentary.

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Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

The opposition

it'll be a Serbian manager in each dugout - Vladimir Ivić became the latest Hornets boss this summer, after Nigel Pearson was dismissed towards the end of 2019-20.

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It's been a topsy-turvy start to the campaign: scraping past Oxford on penalties in the Carabao Cup before exiting to Newport County... but garnering seven points from nine available in the league.

Last weekend, it was a long-awaited league meeting with near-neighbours Luton - separated by less than 20 miles, it was Brazilian teenager João Pedro - who grew up nearly 6,000 miles away - who grabbed the game's only goal to make sure that they didn't slip up against their old rivals.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Gavin Ward is the arbiter this weekend - he was the man in charge of our FA Cup meeting in Cardiff last season, as we progressed on penalties when it ended 3-3 after extra time.

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He also took control of a Watford game last season - that was also a cup fixture as the Hornets defeated Coventry 3-0 in the Carabao Cup.

Graham Kane and Adam Crysell are assistants, while James Linington is the fourth official.


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