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Tranmere vs Watford: FA Cup tie postponed due to heavy rainfall from Storm Brendan

By Ben Green

Tranmere v Watford prediction, preview & team news | FA Cup

Published: 15:00, 14 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers’ FA Cup third round replay against Watford has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch brought on by Storm Brendan.

Both sides played out an epic 3-3 stalemate at Vicarage Road just over a week ago, with Micky Mellon’s side coming from three goals behind to snatch a draw.

Nigel Pearson’s men found themselves three to the good by half-time, but a 25-minute capitulation saw the League One club mount an impressive comeback.

The replay was scheduled for Tuesday at 7:45 PM (UK time), but due to the severe weather conditions, the contest at Prenton Park has now been called off.

A statement posted on Watford’s official website read: “Tonight’s Emirates FA Cup third round replay against Tranmere Rovers has been postponed, following heavy rainfall from Storm Brendan at Prenton Park since Sunday.

“Both clubs were in regular contact with each other, the referee and the Football Association over the past two days, discussing the options available.

“However, following a pitch inspection this afternoon, the referee decided the match unfortunately could not go ahead.

“The date for the rescheduled match will follow as soon as possible.”

With Watford set to play Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday before teeing off against Aston Villa next Tuesday, the replay is now likely to fall on the weekend of the FA Cup fourth round fixtures, commencing on Friday 24 January.

This will likely mean that the fourth round meeting between the winners of this contest and either Wolves or Man Utd, which was set to be played out on Sunday 26 January, will now be pushed back.

The cancellation could see the Hornets forced to cope with significant fixture congestion.

Watford are set to play Spurs in the Premier League on Saturday January 18th before travelling to Aston Villa on Tuesday 21st.

Reports suggest Pearson’s side will then have to play Tranmere on Thursday 23rd before a potential fourth-round tie against either Wolves or Manchester United on Sunday 26th, equating to four games in just nine days.

Last five meetings: Tranmere vs Watford

04 Jan 2020Watford 3-3 Tranmere (FA Cup)

28 Apr 2001Watford 1-1 Tranmere (League Division 1)

11 Nov 2000Tranmere 2-0 Watford (League Division 1)

03 Apr 1999Watford 2-1 Tranmere (League Division 1)

17 Oct 1998Tranmere 3-2 Watford (League Division 1)

Aggregate Score: Tranmere (DDWLW) 10-8 Watford (DDLWL)

Ones to watch

Tranmere: Connor Jennings

The 28-year-old has been a near ever-present for Rovers this season as the Merseyside club battle in the third tier relegation zone, and he will be vital if Mellon’s side are to progress to the fourth round. His 65th minute goal in the previous meeting between these two sides sparked Tranmere’s revival, while he is also the club’s top scorer in the league this season.

Key stat: Connor Jennings has scored more goals than any Tranmere player in League One this season (four).

Watford: Domingos Quina

The 20-year-old is highly regarded at Vicarage Road and should be in for a start as Pearson once again tinkers with his personnel, as he did in the previous encounter. The Portugal U20 international started against Tranmere and looked a bright spark as the hosts cantered to a 3-0 lead. However, Pearson took Quina off in the 61st minute and the travelling Merseysiders went on to net three goals, so expect a longer showing than the hour he was afforded last time out.

Key stat: No Watford player has completed more take-ons per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season than Domingos Quina (10).

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