Match Previews

country flag FA Cup Round 3
Sat 04 January 2020 15:01
Referee
Graham Scott
Weather at KO
weather icon Clear  8oC | Precip: 1% (0 in) | Wind 9.5 mph
Travel Info
4 hours coach
Distance
330 KM

Watford

Last updated: Sat 04 January 2020 08:19
In Brief

Just 2 points dropped in last 4 league games. Last season went all the way to FA Cup final! Janmaat, Capoue and Hughes amongst 7 players battling injuries. Mariappa back after ban, but now Kabasele suspended.

Looking Back

Watford look transformed since second change of managers and Hornets buzzing after 10 points collected in last 4 rounds in Premier League. Started 2020 with heroic 2:1 home win vs. Wolves, despite being reduced to ten men in second half.

Last season Watford reached FA Cup final, which was first major achievement for club in more than 20 years.

Looking Ahead

Coach Pearson expected to rotate in attempt to give tired regulars some rest. Still returning from injury Pereyra should start. Quina, Success and Gray also likely to be picked from the off. Also exciting teenager Joao that just joined team could make debut.

Kabasele set to be suspended, but Mariappa back after ban.

Janmaat, Capoue and Hughes are nursing injuries, with 4 others also hurt.

Manager Comments

"Watford team to face Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup will be much changed. With the amount of games we've had, some are running on empty. We need to rest some of them."

Tranmere Rovers

Last updated: Sat 04 January 2020 09:30
In Brief

Dropped into the relegation zone after suffering a 4:1 defeat in the hands of Coventry. Emmanuel Monthe is the latest concern. Peter Clarke signs.

Looking Back

Tranmere dropped into the League One relegation zone after being crushed by Coventry with a 4:1 scoreline.

The Rovers have been rather underwhelming during the majority of the campaign but have managed to stay outside of the bottom three until the previous match day.

Looking Ahead

Despite their league issues, rotation is not expected in their upcoming FA Cup game.

Emmanuel Monthe and Liam Ridehalgh are major doubts, having struggled with injuries lately.

Veteran Peter Clarke has signed from Fleetwood and is available to make his debut.

Points of Interest

Tranmere currently have the fourth-worst away record in League One, where they suffered defeats in eight of their eleven away games.

Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested
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Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested
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Transfer in
  • Joao Pedro (att) Fluminense; Filip Stuparevic (att) Pribram - end of loan; Jorge Segura (def) Atlas - end of loan;
Transfer out
  • Dimitri Foulquier (def) Granada - on loan;
Transfer in
  • Peter Clarke (def) (Fleetwood)
Transfer in
  • Joao Pedro (att) Fluminense; Filip Stuparevic (att) Pribram - end of loan; Jorge Segura (def) Atlas - end of loan;
Transfer out
  • Dimitri Foulquier (def) Granada - on loan;

Tranmere Rovers

Last updated: Sat 04 January 2020 09:30
In Brief

Dropped into the relegation zone after suffering a 4:1 defeat in the hands of Coventry. Emmanuel Monthe is the latest concern. Peter Clarke signs.

Looking Back

Tranmere dropped into the League One relegation zone after being crushed by Coventry with a 4:1 scoreline.

The Rovers have been rather underwhelming during the majority of the campaign but have managed to stay outside of the bottom three until the previous match day.

Looking Ahead

Despite their league issues, rotation is not expected in their upcoming FA Cup game.

Emmanuel Monthe and Liam Ridehalgh are major doubts, having struggled with injuries lately.

Veteran Peter Clarke has signed from Fleetwood and is available to make his debut.

Points of Interest

Tranmere currently have the fourth-worst away record in League One, where they suffered defeats in eight of their eleven away games.

Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested
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Transfer in
  • Peter Clarke (def) (Fleetwood)

Key

Key players
Regular players
Support players
75% - Chance of availability
Artificial Pitch
Universal Player Grid
Squad Confirmed
Played in Cup fixture
New Information

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*Based on Available Players
Game Score
Round 3
Birmingham City - Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1
Bristol City - Shrewsbury 1 - 1
Burnley - Peterborough United 4 - 2
Millwall - Newport County 3 - 0
Rochdale - Newcastle United 1 - 1
Rotherham United - Hull City 2 - 3
Brentford - Stoke 1 - 0
Brighton and Hove Albion - Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 1
Cardiff City - Carlisle United 2 - 2
Fulham - Aston Villa 2 - 1
Preston - Norwich City 2 - 4
Reading - Blackpool 2 - 2
Southampton - Huddersfield Town 2 - 0
Watford - Tranmere Rovers 3 - 3
Bournemouth - Luton Town 4 - 0
Fleetwood - Portsmouth 1 - 2
Leicester City - Wigan Athletic 2 - 0
Manchester City - Port Vale 4 - 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Manchester United 0 - 0
Bristol Rovers - Coventry City 2 - 2
Burton - Northampton Town 2 - 4
Charlton Athletic - West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1
Chelsea - Nottingham Forest 2 - 0
Crewe Alexandra - Barnsley 1 - 3
Crystal Palace - Derby County 0 - 1
Middlesbrough - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
QPR - Swansea City 5 - 1
Liverpool - Everton 1 - 0
Gillingham - West Ham United 0 - 2
Arsenal - Leeds United 1 - 0
Blackpool - Reading 0 - 2
Coventry City - Bristol Rovers 3 - 0
Newcastle United - Rochdale 4 - 1
Shrewsbury - Bristol City 1 - 0
Tranmere Rovers - Watford -
Tottenham Hotspur - Middlesbrough 2 - 1
Carlisle United - Cardiff City 3 - 4
Manchester United - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 0
Tranmere Rovers - Watford 2 - 1
(AET)
Round 4
QPR - Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 2
Northampton Town - Derby County 0 - 0
Brentford - Leicester City 0 - 1
Reading - Cardiff City 1 - 1
West Ham United - West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1
Burnley - Norwich City 1 - 2
Coventry City - Birmingham City 0 - 0
Newcastle United - Oxford United 0 - 0
Southampton - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Millwall - Sheffield United 0 - 2
Portsmouth - Barnsley 4 - 2
Hull City - Chelsea 1 - 2
Manchester City - Fulham 4 - 0
Tranmere Rovers - Manchester United 0 - 6
Shrewsbury - Liverpool 2 - 2
Bournemouth - Arsenal 1 - 2
Birmingham City - Coventry City 2 - 2
(4 : 1 AP)
Cardiff City - Reading 3 - 3
(1 : 4 AP)
Derby County - Northampton Town 4 - 2
Liverpool - Shrewsbury 1 - 0
Oxford United - Newcastle United 2 - 3
(AET)
Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton 3 - 2
Round 5
Portsmouth - Arsenal 0 - 2
Chelsea - Liverpool 2 - 0
Reading - Sheffield United 1 - 2
(AET)
West Bromwich Albion - Newcastle United 2 - 3
Leicester City - Birmingham City 1 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Norwich City 1 - 1
(2 : 3 AP)
Sheffield Wednesday - Manchester City 0 - 1
Derby County - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round 1/4 Final
Norwich City - Manchester United 1 - 2
(AET)
Sheffield United - Arsenal 1 - 2
Leicester City - Chelsea 0 - 1
Newcastle United - Manchester City 0 - 2
Round 1/2 Final
Arsenal - Manchester City 2 - 0
Manchester United - Chelsea 1 - 3
Round Final
Arsenal - Chelsea 2 - 1