10 things you should know about Premier League new boys Watford


In case you missed it, on Saturday Watford FC were promoted to the Premier League after clinching a spot in the top two of the Championship.

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So, what do we know about the Hornets as they make their way up to the big-time from English soccer’s second-tier?

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Here are 10 things you should know about the club from Vicarage Road…

1. Sir Elton John used to own Watford and is now the Honorary Life President.

2. Watford is located in the county of Hertfordshire. The town is 25 miles north west of Central London and their main rivals are Luton Town.

3. You feel like you’ve heard of this club before, right? Well that’s because former U.S. national team defender Jay DeMerit made his name with the Hornets after they offered him a trial after he impressed when playing against them for a semi-pro team in a preseason friendly. The American center back signed and was part of their last promotion to the PL in the 2005-06 season via the playoffs. He scored the opener in their playoff final victory over Leeds United and also captained Watford.

4. For Harry Potter fans out there, the majority of the monster series of films was shot in vast studios in the suburbs of Watford. You can visit the Warner Bros. site as a tourist attraction nowadays to have a behind-the-scenes look at how the magic was made.

5. Watford is owned by the Pozzo family, who also own Udinese in Italy’s Serie A and Granada who play in Spain’s La Liga. Players often circulate between those three sides, hence the reason why they currently have just four Englishmen in their 28-man squad.

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Deeney, center, celebrates yet another goal.

6. Current striker and captain Troy Deeney is the first player in club history to score 20 plus goals in three consecutive seasons, doing so in the last three campaigns.

7. Watford have only reached the FA Cup final once in their 134 history, losing to Everton 2-0 in 1983-84.

8. The Hornets have only been in the PL for two previous seasons, in 1999-00 and 2005-06.

9. From 1977 to 1987 former England manager Graham Taylor made his name with Watford as he led them from the fourth division to the first division (now the PL) and in 1982-83 they finished second in the first division and played in Europe the following season. Other former managers include Gianluca Vialli, Gianfranco Zola and this season they had an incredible four managers in the space of just 37 days, before Slavisa Jokanovic took charge and steered them to promotion to the top-flight.

10. Earlier this season the club built a new stand at Vicarage Road and named it the “Sir Elton John Stand.”

UCL AT HALF: Marsch’s Salzburg rolling; Champions holding firm; Chelsea’s Mount hurt

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We’ve got news after 45 minutes of six more UCL matches, including a big injury at Stamford Bridge and a monumental start for an American in Austria.

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Chelsea 0-0 Valencia

No goals to report here, but early season hero Mason Mount has left the match with an injury for the Blues. He was not replaced by Christian Pulisic, rather Pedro.

Liverpool 0-0 Napoli

It’s been a pretty even affair, though Liverpool can thank Adrian for a pair of great saves on Dries Mertens before Hirving “Chucky” Lozano’s goal was ruled offside.

Red Bull Salzburg 5-1 Genk

Jesse Marsch is now officially the first American man to manage a team in a UEFA Champions League game.

The Red Bull Salzburg boss is also the first to hold a second minute lead, as red hot striker Erling Braut Haland scored his 15th, 16th, and 17th goals in nine matches under Marsch.

Haland also five assists on the season, having entered Tuesday’s match with 658 minutes across all competitions.

Haland is the son of former Leeds, Man City, and Nottingham Forest manager Alf-Inge Haland.

Hwang-Hee Chan has Salzburg’s other goal, and two assists.


Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague — RECAP
Lyon 1-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
Ajax 1-0 Lille
Benfica 0-0 RB Leipzig

Yedlin nears return, hoping for October USMNT call-up

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Hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy to see that DeAndre Yedlin didn’t look right last season.

The Newcastle United and USMNT right back was not up to his standards during the 2018-19 season, and Yedlin says the injury that’s cost him the start of this season has been the culprit for a long time.

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Yedlin, 26, went through surgery this May for a sports hernia which he says bothered him on game days for almost a year and a half.

From NUFC.co.uk:

 “It was tough, and it was a bit confusing because it would come and go. There would be months that I’d be playing with it and I’d take pain killers before the game and try to get through it, then there’d be times when it didn’t bother me at all,” he said.

“Even in warm ups, I’d be thinking ‘it’s going to be tough to make it through this game.’ Once the pain killers hit in, you can’t really feel anything anymore and then adrenalin hits in but, yeah, it’s tough. As a player you don’t want to stop and then lose your place, but you’ve also got to do what’s best for you and for the longevity of your career.

That’s not good, and both USMNT and Newcastle supporters will hope the injury was the reason behind his decline in form.

Yedlin’s stats dropped in each of his last two PL seasons. For a player whose blessed with blazing speed, a sports hernia is only going to dramatically affect performance.

He says he has been in touch with USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

“That’s been tough. I’ve had contact with the manager and they’re keeping updated on how I’m doing. This last international break was just a bit too soon but hopefully the next one, I’ll be ready for and hopefully I’ll have some minutes under my belt by that time, then really crack on from there.”

Conte’s Inter avoids UCL upset in stoppage time

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The Champions League nearly began with an upset, as Slavia Prague led Inter Milan 1-0 into stoppage time at the San Siro on Tuesday.

But a pair of Inter loanees produced a play to tie the score in the second minute of stoppage, as Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo) curled a free kick off the bar and Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) first timed the rebound through traffic and inside the far post.

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Peter Olayinka started and finished the play for Slavia Prague’s second half opener. The scorer took the ball to the end line and cut back for Lukas Provod, whose shot was saved by Samir Handanovic.

But Olayinka followed the play and took advantage of the marker who slid to block his initial pass. On the doorstep at the back post, the Nigerian smashed the ball into the top of the goal.

The goal was deserved, and the score line represented the tightness of the contest. Inter barely out shot the Czech visitors and had just a little bit more of the ball.

Romelu Lukaku nearly thumped home a header in the sixth minute of stoppage, but Slavia keeper Ondrej Kolar made a fine save.

Here’s the equalizer:

LIVE, UCL: Napoli v. Liverpool, Chelsea v. Valencia

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is back, as Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea are both in action on Tuesday.

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Reigning European champs Liverpool head to Napoli in their opening group game, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to avenge the defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last season. As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard and several of his young Blues stars are making their UEFA Champions League debuts as a manager and players.

A beauty of a game takes place in Group F, as Borussia Dortmund host Barcelona with Lionel Messi back in the Barca squad after injury.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group E
Napoli v. Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg v. Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v. Barcelona

Group G
Benfica v. Leipzig

Group H
Ajax v. Lille
Chelsea v. Valencia