Saturday, December 23, 2006

Reds vs Hornets Preview

I'm doing this fast before rushing down to town for last minute Christmas shopping again. Haha I've been busy and I think most readers are as well.

Anyway it's easy to forget that during this festive period, the Premiership is still buzzing with life. In fact, it's the most busy period in the fixtures list with Liverpool having to play 4 games in 10 days. Now you know why they're paid the big bucks.

In the last 3 games, Liverpool have scored a total of 11 goals and conceded zilch. It's a wonderful record for a team that has started the season so terribly and when the season looked so bleak at first, things have started to open up and the form and morale of the team has been tremendous recently.

With Rafa tinkering less, the team looked more stable and consistent. They seemed more gelled and the understanding was there. Kuyt and Bellamy's partnership up front has been immense just like Kuyt-Crouch or Crouch-Bellamy. It's a problem for Rafa, but a good one.

Two left sided players are back in contention for this match. Liverpool-born Stevie Warnock has completed his comeback in the Liverpool reserves defeat by Bolton. Fabio Aurelio had a nice run out last week at the Valley and might slot in the left midfield position if required.

Watford, meanwhile, has been improving in terms of defence lately. They have not been conceding goals as much as they did earlier in the season. This would mean that they might come to Anfield with a 'parking the double-deck bus in front of goal' tactics and plans to frustrate the hell out of the Reds.

Drogballs' Prediction: Liverpool 1-0 Watford. In a cold, winter afternoon, playing against a pretty physical side is not the best choice. But Liverpool have the edge in terms of quality and home support. A narrow win for Liverpool.

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