Preview: Watford v Scunthorpe United
Updated Friday, 22nd October 2010
Team news and statistics ahead of Saturday's trip to Vicarage Road.
Tuesday's victory at Preston North End was a huge confidence boost for the Iron's players, management and staff. This will be a much tougher test at a team who have put themselves in early contention for a play-off place, something few of their supporters will have expected after last season's struggles.
Iron team news
Tony Warner, signed on a month-loan deal on Friday, is expected to start in goal ahead of regular backup keeper Sam Slocombe. United's regular No.1, Joe Murphy, has a groin injury and has been ruled out. Rob Jones, the centre-back, is ruled out with a broken hand. The on-loan midfielder Kevin McDonald has returned to his parent club Burnley for treatment on a back injury which has meant his Iron contribution has been limited to one training session.
Watford team news
Ross Jenkins, the midfielder, is in contention for a return after an ankle injury. Don Cowie, also a midfielder, is ruled out due to damaged knee ligaments.
Historical achievements: Watford were founder members of the Third Division in 1921, competing in the southern section. They survived re-election twice, and were - much like the Iron - a largely fourth division side until the appointment of Graham Taylor, a lifelong Scunthorpe fan, as manager in 1977. He took them from the Fourth Division to the First Division by 1982. He led them to a second-place finish in the top flight, aided by the goals of Luther Blissett. Taylor left the club in 1987 to take charge of Aston Villa. The club dropped back into the second division, missing out on the gold rush that came with the launch of the Premier League in 1992. They are now seen as a yo-yo side between the top flight and the Championship, having spent 1999/2000 and 2006/07 as a Premier League club - finishing bottom on each occasion.
Stats and figures
Preston head into this matcames.Watford have had an impressive start to the season and sit third in the table ahead of the game. They have settled into a win, lose, win pattern in recent games - though, having defeated Ipswich Town in their last outing, they will hope that does not continue. If anyone can claim a win at Vicarage Road it is the Iron - who have claimed nine points from their six away games, a record only bettered by Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff, Watford and Norwich. Danny Graham will be Watford's danger man, having scored eight goals in all competitions this season.
The Iron were comfortable routed at Vicarage Road last season, losing 3-0. It has not been a happy hunting ground for the Iron, having lost on nine of their 11 visits. One of those wins was back in 1967, but the most recent success was in April 2008 as the Iron fought - in vain - against relegation from the Championship.
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Roger East (Wiltshire)
Watford 8/11 / Draw 13/5 / Scunthorpe 7/2 (Paddy Power)