Watford v Sunderland team news & stats

Date published: Friday 13th May 2016 5:35

Quique Sanchez Flores: Will take charge of Watford for final time

Watford will hope to complete a Premier League double over Sunderland in Quique Sanchez Flores’ last game in charge at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Team news

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores is expected to have an unchanged squad to choose from for his final match in charge of the Hornets.

Valon Behrami and Etienne Capoue remain on the sidelines with rib and knee injuries respectively.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is set to leave out several regular starters at Vicarage Road, with chances on offer for those who have sat out recently.

Allardyce has also promised to cast an eye over young talent, bringing the likes of Jordan Pickford, George Honeyman, Tommy Robson, Liam Agnew and Rees Greenwood into the frame.

Opta stats

  • Watford’s win over Sunderland earlier this season ended a run of six league games without one against the Black Cats (D2 L4).
  • Sunderland have won just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W1 D4 L2).
  • Sunderland have won just one and lost 11 of their 14 final day fixtures in the Premier League (D2).
  • However, only one team (West Ham) have stopped Sunderland from scoring in the Black Cats’ last 13 Premier League away games.
  • In 2016, Watford have averaged just 0.83 points per game in the top-flight (W4 D3 L11), compared to 1.53 points per game in the first-half of the season (W8 D5 L6).
  • Troy Deeney has assisted Odion Ighalo seven times this season in the Premier League – no player has assisted another more often (Alli to Kane also 7).
  • A league-low eight different players have scored for the Hornets in the top-flight this season.
  • Sunderland have named the same starting XI for the last seven games in succession, something they’ve never done before in the Premier League.
  • The Black Cats spent 237 days in the relegation zone this season but still survived; only Southampton in 1998-99 were in the drop-zone for longer without being relegated (252).
  • The Black Cats have scored four times directly from a free-kick this season in the Premier League, no club has scored more (level with Chelsea and West Ham).

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