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Watch Live: Watford v. Arsenal

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Watford host Arsenal at Vicarage Road on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), as the teams who are based at training centers in the same street north of London are both aiming for European qualification.

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On the back of reaching the FA Cup final (for just the second time in club history) Javi Gracia‘s Watford will be flying high as they chase a top seven finish.

As for Unai Emery‘s Arsenal, they remain in the hunt for a top four finish but Emery has faced Gracia’s teams in the past and knows this will not be an easy task in a busy week for the Gunners who face Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday.

In teams news for Watford, Ben Foster, Christian Kabasele, Daryl Janmaat and Adam Masina all come into the starting lineup.

Arsenal start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up top, while Dinos Mavropanos also starts and Granit Xhaka has recovered from injury. Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette are all on the bench.


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Warnock: Hooper “shouldn’t be refereeing” after penalty mistake

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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock knows his team was waxed by Watford on Friday, but he’s lamenting the good start that didn’t materialize when Daryl Janmaat fouled his winger inside the box.

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Jacob Murphy felt he’d won a penalty, as did the Cardiff faithful, but Simon Hooper did not point to the spot.

Warnock said even the Hornets admitted the call was poor.

Troy Deeney and all their staff told us it was a stonewall penalty,” he said.

And Warnock is furious, even if Watford scored five goals to Cardiff’s one the rest of the way.

“We got mauled in the end. It looks bad in the paper. I have never seen the players like that at half-time. Everyone was talking about the penalty that hasn’t been given. Nobody can understand it. Decisions like that change the game. I can’t understand why it wasn’t given it’s a blatant penalty.

“It’s no excuse for conceding five but everyone in the game knows it changes things. The referee is in a great position so I just can’t understand it. If you can’t give decisions like that at this level you shouldn’t be refereeing.”

One might say that if the players were only talking about the play in question, that perhaps the manager might do well to do his best to turn the page on it quickly?

It was only 1-0 at that point, and Cardiff’s second half saw the Bluebirds conceded four times.

Fine’s a-coming Warnock’s way.

AT HALF: Chicharito bags handball; West Ham, Watford lead (video)

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Aren’t Friday afternoon kickoffs delightful, at least on this side of the Atlantic Ocean?

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Cardiff City 0-1 Watford

Gerard Deulofeu‘s seeing eye grounder from atop the 18 has the visitors ahead, while a surprising non-call on teammate Daryl Janmaat kept Cardiff City from a chance to equalize from the spot.

West Ham 2-1 Fulham

Ryan Babel‘s third minute goal gave the Cottagers an early lead, but Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Issa Diop have struck to give the hosts a London Derby lead at the half.

As for Chicharito, there’s some solid salesmanship in his nodding his head while slapping the ball over the line here. VAR much?

Watford comes back to beat Spurs, stay perfect

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  • Hornets move to 4-0
  • Spurs suffer first loss
  • Deeney instrumental in win

Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart made amends for Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal, as Watford stayed perfect by knocking off Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Both teams entered the match 3-0, and Spurs had to feel good about their chances for a win when Lucas Moura‘s cross was diverted into the Watford goal early in the second half.

Watford sits beneath only Liverpool and Chelsea on goal differential, while Spurs drop to fifth.

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Spurs were dominant over the first hour.

Dele Alli made a good-looking run in the 12th minute to get behind the defense, but popped a difficult header over the goal.

Troy Deeney headed a ball over the Spurs end six minutes later when Daryl Janmaat‘s cross cruised into the 18.

It was a forgettable half for Dele, who was in scoring position numerous times but failed to find his finish.

Spurs were buzzing a bit more to start the second half, with Christian Eriksen hitting a low shot that was collected by Ben Foster.

Yet it was a messy own goal that put Spurs ahead, forced by in-form Lucas Moura. Doucoure had no hope of getting out of the way of Moura’s cross, which struck his torso and bounced into the goal.

Out of nothing, Andre Gray tore a shot over the goal in the 61st minute as Watford looked to find an equalizer.

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And the Hornets manufactured more chances, the Vicarage Road crowd getting louder with each. Troy Deeney’s cross was headed off the bar by Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, dangerously close to an own goal.

Deeney then provided a goal with a headed finish in the 69th minute, celebrating with a knee slide.

And hold on! Jay Cathcart’s bullet header of a corner kick gave Spurs a 76th minute lead!

Watford stay perfect, beat Crystal Palace in fiery encounter

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  • 3 wins from 3 for Watford
  • Pereyra, Holebas put them ahead
  • Wilfried Zaha scores for Palace
  • Zaha’s 7th goal in last 9 games

Watford beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday with Javi Gracia‘s Hornets making it three wins from three to start the new Premier League season.

That is the first time in 20 years they’ve won their opening three games of a campaign and the first time they’ve ever done that in the Premier League.

After a feisty first half which saw plenty of late challenges fly in, Andreas Pereyra put Watford ahead in the second half and Jose Holebas doubled the lead with a cross which flew into the far corner.

Wilfried Zaha, booed throughout after early yellow cards for and against him, pulled one back for Palace but it wasn’t enough to stop Roy Hodgson‘s boys slumping to back-to-back defeats.

With the win Watford remain perfect with nine points from nine, while Palace stay on three points.

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Palace started the game brightly and Etienne Capoue was booked for catching Zaha inside the first five minutes. Andros Townsend‘s clipped cross to the back post found Zaha and Christian Benteke unmarked but the latter headed wide.

Zaha was booked himself for a late challenge on Jose Holebas in a fiery start to the game.

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Benteke went even closer moments later as Townsend’s cross found the Belgian but his header was well-saved by Ben Foster. And a few minutes later Foster denied the onrushing James McArthur

Watford’s best chance of the first half arrived as Pereyra’s shot was deflected over by McArthur when it seemed certain to fly in. Pereyra then curled an effort towards the far post which Wayne Hennessey saved comfortably in the end. At the other end McArthur again broke free but a wonderful last-ditch tackle from Holebas denied him.

Right on half time Daryl Janmaat then drilled a shot just wide of the far post as Watford finished the half strongly.

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Pereyra gave Watford the lead after the break as a powerful run forward from Capoue saw the Argentinian cut in and curl home a beauty into the far corner. 1-0.

Palace pushed hard to get back into the game and Benteke curled a powerful effort inches wide of the post as the Eagles went so close to an equalizer.

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Watford then made it 2-0 with a bizarre goal from Holebas as his cross from the left flew over everyone, including Palace goalkeeper Hennessey, and into the far corner.

Moments later Palace halved the deficit as Zaha scored from close range to become their leading all-time goalscorer in the PL and make it 2-1.

In the 96th minute Joel Ward somehow headed wide when unmarked from a corner as Palace went so close to snatching a dramatic equalizer.

But Watford held on for the win as they remain the surprise package of the opening month of the season.