Barnsley suffered no injuries in the midweek draw with Burnley so only David Perkins and Mido are missing. Boss Keith Hill admitted he was tempted to rest top scorer Craig Davies on Tuesday but he is likely to continue his prospering partnership with Marcus Tudgay. The pair have two goals from their three games together- one each.
Lee Collins may also be pushing for a place in the squad after returning from a loan spell at Shrewsbury.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
Marcus TudgayHead To Head
Last Six Watford v Barnsley Results:
4/2/12 Watford 2-1 Barnsley (Championship)
17/9/11 Barnsley 1-1 Watford (Championship)
23/4/11 Watford 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
27/11/10 Barnsley 0-0 Watford (Championship)
6/2/10 Barnsley 1-0 Watford (Championship)
12/9/09 Watford 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
Watford Wins: 18
Barnsley Wins: 19
Watford Goals: 57
Barnsley Goals: 61
At Watford (26 at Vicarage Road, 1 at Cassio Road):
Watford Wins: 12
Barnsley Wins: 7
Watford Goals: 35
Barnsley Goals: 27This Season
Last six 2012-2013 results:
27/11/12 Sheffield Wednesday 1-4 Watford (Championship)
24/11/12 Blackpool 2-2 Watford (Championship)
17/11/12 Watford 2-1 Wolves (Championship)
10/11/12 Leeds 1-6 Watford (Championship)
6/11/12 Watford 0-0 Millwall (Championship)
3/11/12 Watford 2-1 Leicester (Championship)
W: 4 D: 2 L: 0 F: 16 A: 6 GD: 10 Points: 14
27/11/12 Barnsley 1-1 Burnley (Championship)
24/11/12 Barnsley 1-2 Cardiff (Championship)
17/11/12 Bolton 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
10/11/12 Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield (Championship)
6/11/12 Derby 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)
3/11/12 Hull 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
W: 0 D: 2 L: 4 F: 3 A: 8 GD: -5 Points: 2
These games are usually tight affairs, there has not been more than three goals in a game in the last nine meetings and four of those have contained no more than one.
They have also been equally matched over the years, with Barnsley winning 19 and Watford 18 of the 53 meetings – its 18 a piece in league meetings. The Reds have also scored just four more goals than the Hornets.
After an inconsistent start to the season Gianfranco Zola has managed to turn Watford’s season on an upward curve, and they are unbeaten in their last six matches, winning four.
Two of those victories have been emphatic, and against Yorkshire outfits. A 6-1 win at Leeds, followed by a 4-1 hammering of Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Tuesday. Those high scoring away games have contributed to 23 strikes on their travels- six more than the nearest team, and 13 more than they have managed at home.
The Hornets have though lost just one of their last six matches at Vicarage Road, a place The Reds have won just once in their last eight visits. They have also lost their last three trips there.
Barnsley are without a win in their last eight matches, their worst run in two years. They have lost two of their last three away games but have managed two wins on the road since they last won at Oakwell.
They have 10 points less and are seven places lower than at this stage last season. Watford meanwhile have nine more points and are 10 places higher.
Interestingly The Reds have led at half-time just once this season- in the season opener against Middlesbrough when they scored in the 45th minute. Only Barnet, rock bottom of League Two, match that.
On This Day:
Played: 11, Won: 6, Drawn 1, Lost 4, Scored 20, Conceded 10.
Last match on the 1st December: 2007. Watford 1-2 Bristol City (O’Toole) ATT: 16,689.
Last win: 1984
Last draw: 2001
Last defeat: 2007
STAT! – Watford have lost just once on the opening day of the festive month, but that was in their most recent game on this date. They have failed to win any of the last three.
Played: 11, Won 2, Drawn 4, Lost 5, Scored 11, Conceded 15.
Last match on the 1st December: 2007. Ipswich 0-0 Barnsley. ATT: 19,540.
Last win: 1984
Last draw: 2007
Last defeat: 1979
STAT! – Barnsley have also failed to win on this date since 1984 (a total of only two matches.) They have kept clean sheets in each of the last three with the last two both goal-less draws.
Friday 30th November 2012:
Birmingham v Middlesbrough
Saturday 1st December 2012:
Huddersfield v Leeds
Bolton v Ipswich
Bristol City v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Millwall v Charlton
Nottingham Forest v Hull
Peterborough v Blackpool
Leicester v Derby
Sunday 2nd December 2012:
Burnley v Blackburn
Cardiff v Sheffield Wednesday