Watford v Liverpool team news and stats

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 4:14

Philippe Coutinho: Focused on ending Liverpool's trophy wait

Philippe Coutinho’s importance to Liverpool has been exemplified ahead of Liverpool’s trip to face miserly Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday (1.30pm).

Team news

James Milner will miss Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday and could be a doubt for the Christmas fixtures.

The midfielder had a scan after feeling discomfort in his calf during training and will be sidelined for at least the next few days.

Defender Dejan Lovren is set to miss around a month with the knee injury he picked up against West Brom last weekend while striker Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is also out.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Midfielder Valon Behrami and defender Sebastian Prodl could both make their returns from injury.

Defenders Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) however, remain sidelined.

Opta stats

  • Watford have never won back to back home games in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool have won eight and lost just one of the last nine meetings with Watford in all competitions, including their last four trips to Vicarage Road.
  • Watford have only conceded in three of their Premier League home games this season, but they have lost on each of these occasions.
  • Ahead of MD17, only Manchester United (6) have kept more clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season than Watford (5).
  • If Premier League games ended at half-time this season, Watford would be top of the league with 27 points.
  • Odion Ighalo has scored a higher proportion of his team’s Premier League goals this season than any other player (56% – 10 of 18).
  • Liverpool have scored just two goals in the three Premier League games that Philippe Coutinho has missed this season (0.7 per game), compared to an average of 1.4 goals per game with him in the side.
  • Watford are the 11th newly-promoted side to have won 25+ points in their opening 16 games of a Premier League season – none of the previous 10 have been relegated.
  • It is the highest points tally after 16 games by a newly-promoted side since Hull’s 26 points in 2008- 09 – the Tigers only narrowly avoided relegation on the final day that season.
  • Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have created 29 goalscoring chances for one another in the Premier League this season; more than any other combination.

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