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Previous encounters: Watford v Burnley

Draws have been rare when these two sides meet at Vicarage Road, writes James Bird.Last time out

The Clarets visited Vicarage Road last February where Chris Eagles and Chris Iwelumo both extended their goal totals for the season to 11. Iwelumo’s goal was his first of the season away from Turf Moor. The game saw two early goals, including a freak own-goal from Dale Bennett, as goalkeeper Scott Loach fired his clearance into the defender which then bounced into the open goal putting the Clarets ahead. Watford were back on level terms soon after though as England U-21 attacker Marvin Sordell’s low cross found Danny Graham, who scored from close range. A slip by Question Time star Clarke Carlisle gave Sordell a chance to put the home side ahead but Lee Grant did well to prevent any chance as he raced out to meet the attacker. Burnley went ahead as Eagles played a one-two with Iwelumo before finding the bottom corner with his first time shot. Scorer then turned creator as Eagles’ far post cross found the big Iwelumo who headed home to extend Eddie’s side’s lead.

Watford 1 – 3 Burnley. 12 February 2011.

One for us

Joey Gudjonsson scored his first goal in a Claret shirt as they sunk league leading Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road. Andy Gray put Burnley ahead with his 11th goal of the campaign as Owen Coyle secured his first win as Burnley boss. Robbie Blake had been denied a clear penalty just before half time, but it wasn’t a decision that would influence the game as Alan Mahon’s cross field ball found Wade Elliott who delivered a trademark cross to find the head of Gray who found the corner of the net. The home fans started booing their side as the three-quarter mark passed. This stirred the Clarets on as 11 minutes later Blake found Gudjonnson sprinting into the Watford half, before he rounded Mart Poom and fired into the top corner. Danny Shittu got a late goal from 18 yards but it was little more than a consolation for the league’s high flyers.

Watford 1 – 2 Burnley. 27 November 2007.

One for them

Owen Coyle’s side sunk to their fifth successive defeat at Vicarage Road in January 2009. Jobi McAnuff had put the home side ahead after just a few minutes as the Hornets capitalised on a slip by Chris McCann. The Clarets then had a few chances of their own but couldn’t find the back of the net despite some suspect goalkeeping. Burnley enjoyed plenty of possession throughout the game but still couldn’t get on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, Steven Caldwell was forced to lead by example as he made a fine block to prevent the score doubling. However Burnley were left looking unlikely to get anything from the game when on 78 minutes Tamas Priskin scored from 12 yards after a punt forward by former Claret Jon Harley. Priskin then added a second with the last kick of the game as he turned inside and found the bottom corner with his shot.

Watford 3 – 0 Burnley. 27 January 2009.

Head-to-head at Watford.

Watford – eight wins, 25 goals.

Biggest win – 4-0, 03 May 1980.

Burnley – five wins, 15 goals.

Biggest win – 1-3, 12 February 2011.

Draws – two.

Do you think we’ll see a rare draw at Vicarage Road, or will the Clarets get back on track after a disappointing home performance against the Lions last weekend? Let us know in the comments on the right hand side.

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