Watford – Wolverhampton Wanderers: Free-flowing Watford Undone By Wolves’ Clinical Edge (1-2)
It was tight, it was fierce, and chances were scarce. As expected, Watford - Wolves turned into a tense affair with heated tussles in a match that was much more down to moments, as opposed to what came of sustained periods of pressure.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
The battle for the final European spot in the Premier League is overshadowed by the title race and the race for top four. It is a good jostle however, the contenders being Leicester City, Everton and the two sides that were put up against each other here. Both of these clubs had rescheduled home games in midweek. Watford drawing 1-1 to Southampton whilst Wolves swept aside Arsenal 3-1.
There were very few changes for either side. Wolves coach Nuno Espírito Santo named the exact same eleven and 3-5-2 system that he fielded on Wednesday night.
Javi Gracia, however, made slight alterations but only in defense, where the fullbacks - Daryl Janmaat and Adam Masina - dropped to the bench as Kiko Femenia and José Holebas took their respective places. In the center, Adrian Mariappa was reinstated alongside Craig Cathcart in Watford’s 4-4-2-come-4-3-3 setup.
Little to split the two sides in the opening period
In the first half hour, fans were starved of any good chances, as Gerard Deulofeu’s twenty-fourth minute shot was a scarce highlight. What it stemmed from, though, was an aspect of Watford’s on-ball play that was present throughout.
In that specific instance, following some aerial duels from a throw-in, Watford’s compact structure managed to swarm the space around the ball. Subsequently, as they did . . .