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First league meetings

Albion first played Watford as recently as September 1982, in the old Division One, losing 3-0 at Vicarage Road. This was Watford's first season playing top tier football. The Hornets completed the double over Albion that term, winning 3-1 at The Hawthorns in April. Martin Jol scored Albion's consolation. Watford had an outstanding first season in the top flight, finishing second with 71 points to qualify for the UEFA Cup. Albion finished 11th with 57 points and their average attendance was just 15,260 - their lowest since 1914/15.

Big wins and defeats

Albion's biggest wins over Watford were both 4-1 at The Hawthorns, the first coming in October 1993. Goals from Bob Taylor, Ian Hamilton and an Andy Hunt double did the damage. Taylor and Hunt were top scorers this term with 19 and 13 goals respectively. It proved a nail-biting season for the Baggies. They narrowly avoided an immediate return to Division Two thanks to a last-match 1-0 win at Portsmouth. Lee Ashcroft grabbed the crucial goal.

The second 4-1 victory came five years later during Albion's 100th season in the Football League. Lee Hughes netted twice, with Kevin Kilbane and Fabien De Freitas also on target.

Albion have also twice beaten Watford by a 3-0 margin. The most recent came on their last visit to Vicarage Road in November 2007. Ishmael Miller, Kevin Phillips and Martin Albrechtsen were on target in an emphatic Baggies display as the club went onto win the Championship title and reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 26 years, scoring 109 times along the way.

The other 3-0 win was achieved at The Hawthorns in March 2001, with Lee Hughes, James Quinn and Neil Clement scoring. This victory helped Albion reach the Division One play-offs.

Albion's biggest defeat against the Hornets was dished out at Vicarage Road in August 1985 in the old Division One, losing 5-1. Imre Varadi bagged Albion's only goal during what proved to be their worst-ever season in the Football League.

Interesting Fact

Albion played their first ever Sunday game against Watford at The Hawthorns on December 22, 1985 winning 3-1. Imre Varadi, Steve Hunt (pen) and Robbie Dennison were on target.

Music legend Sir Elton John has twice been Watford's chairman. He began his first spell at the helm, which lasted a decade, in 1976, before returning between 1999 and 2002.

Last time out

Home - Football League Championship (April 12, 2008) Albion 1 (Barnett) Watford 1 (Bromby)

Away - Football League Championship (November 3, 2007) Watford 0 Albion 3 (Miller, Phillips, Albrechtsen)

Form guide (last six league matches)

Albion: LLDWLD

Watford: DLLWDW

Last league match line-ups

Albion (v Coventry): Carson; Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Mattock; Koren (Teixeira 68), Mulumbu, Jara, Thomas (Cech 83); Dorrans; Moore (Wood 83). Subs not used: Kiely (gk), Reid, Cox, Martis

Watford (v Sheffield Wednesday): Loach, Hodson, Carthcart, Mariappa, Doyley, Cleverley, Cowie (Ellington 76), Jenkins (Eustace 18), Harley (Severin 83), Lansbury, Graham. Subs not used: Bond (gk), Bennett, Henderson, Bryan.

Ref watch

Nigel Miller, of County Durham, will officiate at tomorrow's home game against Watford. Miller last oversaw Albion in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at The Hawthorns on November 2007. So far this season, he has handed out 32 yellow cards and four red cards in 13 games.


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Selected odds:

Albion to win 8/13

Watford to win 9/2

Draw 11/2

Jerome Thomas to score 13/5

Nathan Ellington to score 3/1


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