Hull City

Preview: U23s vs Watford (H)

20 August 2017
The Tigers face Watford in their first home fixture of the 2017/18 campaign this evening and here's all you need to know ahead of the Professional Development League clash...

Fixture: Hull City U23s v Watford U23s
Where: Eon Visual Media Stadium
When: Monday 21st August 2017
Kick-Off: 7pm

Jon Beale will be looking for a positive response from his young side in their first home game of the new season following a 4-1 defeat at QPR in their season opener. An Eberechi Eze hat-trick, along with a further strike from Sean Goss, condemned the Tigers to defeat on what was a frustrating afternoon in west London seven days ago.

Match updates from tonight’s game will be available via Twitter by following @Tigers_Academy, while a match report will be available on both www.hullcitytigers.com and www.hulltigersacademy.com.

Ticket Details: Admission to tonight’s game is free for Members, with a charge of £4 adults and £2 concessions at the turnstiles for non-Members.

How They Fare: Watford U23s
League Position: 4th (South)
League Wins: 1
League Defeats: 0
League Goals Scored: 2
League Goals Conceded: 0
League Form: W

Last Time Out: Watford U23s 2 Leeds United U23s 0
The Hornets made a winning start to their 2017/18 Premier League PDL South campaign last week with a battling 2-0 home victory over Leeds United.

After a goalless first half, the hosts opened the scoring after 62 minutes through Michael Folivi. Picking up the ball 30 yards out, Folivi wriggled into the yard of space he needed to have a crack at goal and powered the ball in off the post.

Leeds should have levelled on 75 minutes, Watford clearing the ball off the line no fewer than three times in the same minute, the visitors unable to force the ball home from a succession of set-pieces.

And as they committed resources forward in search of a point, Watford were able to take advantage on the break, Pereira producing a delicate lob to confirm the three points.

One-To-Watch: Michael Folivi
Top-scorer for the Hornets’ title-winning Under-18s in 2015/16, Folivi agreed professional terms with Watford in February 2015 at just 16-years-old. He joined the Academy in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since then, signing a further deal in November 2016 to extend his stay with the Hornets until 2020.

The tricky goalscorer was part of the Watford squad which travelled to Liverpool in the Premier League in November 2016, before making his Premier League debut against Stoke City in January 2017 when coming on for the last nine minutes. He also spent time out on loan at Coventry City last season but made just one appearance for the Sky Blues in a 3-1 away defeat to Scunthorpe United in April.

Previous Meeting: Hull City U23s 4 Watford U23s 2
The Tigers claimed all three points in the one and only meeting between the two sides last season in what was an entertaining match at the KCOM Stadium.

Goals from Jarrod Bowen and Will Annan early in each half had twice been cancelled out by the resilient visitors but a Jonathan Edwards header and Keane’s emphatic drive were enough to secure a fourth league win of the season for the team in black and amber.

Bowen scored his fifth goal in as many starts at this level in 2016/17 to open the scoring, guiding home a controlled volley at the back post from Josh Clackstone’s superb deep right-wing cross.

The Hornets were level in the 32nd minute, though, when Folivi went down somewhat easily in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Federico Macheda stepped up to take the spot-kick and kept his cool to send Mannion the wrong way.

The Tigers restored their advantage six minutes into the second half when Greg Olley’s through ball released Will Annan, who rounded the keeper and fired into the empty net. However, Watford were level just five minutes later when Ogo Obi was sent through and his scuffed effort somehow trickled its way into the back of the net.

It looked as though the points would be shared, but two goals in the final ten minutes secured the points for the home side. Annan’s precise floated cross was headed in off the post by substitute Jonathan Edwards to make it 3-2 with eight minutes remaining before Will Keane wrapped up the win two minutes from time with an unstoppable strike that flew past Charlie Bannister in the Watford goal.

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