Watford vs Wolves: Past Meetings & History
By Adam Carr
As Wolves look to take on Watford at Wembley this Sunday in the FA Cup Semi Final, here at Talking Wolves, we look back at the history of the fixture.
Wolves have played Watford 45 times in the league, with the first game being played all the way back in 1912 on the 13th January, away from home. In that game, Wolves got a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup. In the replay at home, on the 24th January 1912, Wolves ran away with an emphatic 10-0 victory over the Hornets!
Wolves would not play Watford again until 1980, when on the 16th February they lost 3-0 at Molineux.
The record for Wolves against Watford is 13 wins, 18 draws and 14 loses – so using history as a marker the game could really be anyone's.
The last time the two teams met in the FA Cup was on 26 January in the 2007/2008 season where Wolves came out with a 4-1 victory.
Our most recent win against the Hornets was a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road where Nouha Dicko scored the winner.
The most recent game between Wolves and Watford was the Premier League fixture at Molineux on 20 October 2018, where Watford got the beating of Wolves, with 2 goals in quick succession from Capoue and Pereyra.
This may give some Wolves fans reason for concern, but since then Nuno has changed Wolves shape. The likes of Jota and Jimenez are currently on fire, and the added midfield strengthening of Dendoncker means this game could go down to a stroke of genius.
In Watford’s last 3 games they have beaten Fulham 4-1, lost to Manchester United 2-1 and won 2-1 against Watford. In their last 10, they’ve lost 5-0 to Liverpool, 3-1 to Manchester City, and the 2-1 to United mentioned above, and have won only 5 out of those 10 games. Based on the form of their last 10 games, Watford are a team that concede at least 1 goal per game, so you have to believe that Jimenez and Jota and can get at least 1 goal at Wembley.
In their last 3 games, Wolves have beaten Manchester United 2-1 twice at Molineux and lost to Burnley 2-0. For me, the loss isn’t overly concerning as it seems to be what happens every time our players come back from the International breaks, and then we find our form again pretty quickly in the following games. Wolves have lost only 2 of their last 10, Burnley (as mentioned above) and Huddersfield. They seem to have more joy against the top 6 and have had mixed results against teams that are placed around the middle of the league, but as we all know, the FA Cup is a different beast to the Premier League. Out of those 10 games, Wolves have won 5 games, much similar form to Watford in that regard. However, Wolves have kept a few clean sheets against teams a similar strength to Watford, so based on that you have to imagine that they can do the same against Watford.
Based on the stats, the two teams are level in their ability and form. However, with the occasion at the back of both teams’ minds, playing at Wembley, and knowing that Wolves seem to perform better in big occasions when they play the bigger teams, I’d have to go for a Wolves 2-1 victory against Watford.
Adam Carr is a Talking Wolves blogger. You can follow him on Twitter here.
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