Watford Ladies FC
Thu 16 November 2017
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In-form Arsenal are confident ahead of Watford clash
Gunners travel to Kings Langley in key FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match on Thursday
Two teams with contrasting results at the weekend meet in an intriguing FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup clash on Thursday as Watford host Arsenal.
The Gunners have made a strong start to their cup campaign with two wins from three matches but Watford have some work to do if they are to make it out of Group One South.
They have won one of their two matches and their hopes of reaching the next round could hinge on Thursday’s encounter – win and they are sitting pretty but lose and it’s a steep mountain to climb.
It has been a disappointing start to the season for Watford, with just one win in all competitions from their seven games so far.
They remain winless in the league following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa but a victory on Thursday would strengthen their standing in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.
A 1-0 win against Millwall earlier in the campaign has left them in decent position but they need to get something from Thursday’s clash.
Arsenal arrive in Hertfordshire in ominous form after they beat Sunderland 3-0 in FA WSL 1, their fourth win in five games.
The Gunners are top of the Group One South table but a surprise 2-1 loss to Reading in their last cup game has left them in a potentially vulnerable position if Watford cause an upset.
Watford and Arsenal last met in the Continental Tyres Cup in 2015 and it was the Gunners who claimed the spoils.
Three first-half goals from Leah Williamson, Chloe Kelly and Rachel Yankey did the damage and Arsenal eventually went on to win the competition – beating Notts County 3-0 in the final.
ONE TO WATCH – Beth Mead
Beth Mead has hit the ground running since joining Arsenal from Sunderland and if Watford stand a chance of emerging with a win they will need to keep the Gunners’ new striker quiet.
Six goals in eight games is a superb return for the 22-year-old and, with Arsenal’s attack looking sharper every time they play, expect that run to continue.
WHAT THEY SAID
Watford’s Helen Ward said:
“We’re going to have to be a lot better than we were against Villa. We can’t afford to be naive and give away the sort of silly fouls that cost us.
“Arsenal are an unbelievable side with so much talent right through the squad, and with a new manager they’ll be out to impress.
“They’ll be boosted by their 3-0 win against Sunderland so they’ll be full of confidence, but somehow we’ve got to lift ourselves to face them.
“We either step up to it and put in the performance of our lives, or we let the situation with the club get the better of us.
“I’d like to think it’s going to be the former and that we’re going to really raise our game against one of the very best teams in the country.
“Regardless of what’s happened off the pitch we let ourselves down against Villa, so now we have to put that right in what’s going to be a massive test of character.”
Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs said:
“Every game is important, and this is another cup game that we want to win, especially after dropping points against Reading last week.
“Luckily in this tournament we get a second chance, so we just need to make sure we win.
“Looking forward, I think we just need to stay confident with the ball. We are playing a new formation at the moment and we still need to settle into it but hopefully we can create a winning streak from the result against Sunderland and look at the positives.”
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