Watford v Leeds United: Last five meetings at Vicarage Road

Leeds United and Watford have proved equally matched in recent encounters at Vicarage Road.

Friday, 19th February 2016, 2:23 pm
Updated Friday, 19th February 2016, 2:25 pm
Dominic Poleon and Ross McCormack who scored for Leeds United at Watford in May 2013.

The only thing separating the teams is the goals scored. Watford boast an impressive nine goals in their last five matches against the Yorkshire side in Hertfordshire, while Leeds have scored five goals in the same number of games against the Hornets.

Here’s a look at the last five games between the two teams at Vicarage Road:

Watford 4 Leeds United 1 (SkyBet Championship, August 23, 2014).

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Fernando Forestieri broke the deadlock for the hosts by netting with his head in the 20th minute.

The visitors were back level within 10 minutes when new signing Billy Sharp fired in a low cross in the box, which resulted in an own goal, after the ball deflected off Watford defender Gabriel Tamas.

United debutant Giuseppe Bellusci was then shown a straight red card after felling Forestieri in the box. Troy Deeney scored the spot-kick, sending Silvestri the wrong way.

Soon after, Forestieri added his second goal to make it 3-1 before Daniel Tozser smashed in a 30-yard free-kick to complete the scoring.

To make matters worse, United finished the game with nine men after Sam Byram was sent off for elbowing Daniel Pudil.

Watford 3 Leeds United 0, (SkyBet Championship, April 8, 2014).

This game was overshadowed by events off the pitch as Massimo Cellino completed his purchase of Leeds United.

The home side scored within the opening 10 minutes after Almen Abdi headed in a cross from Ikechi Anya. Anya grabbed the second goal after providing an assist for the first, after heading in a cross from Marco Davide Faraoni on the 32nd minute.

The scoring was wrapped up in the 66th minute after Troy Deeney slotted in from close range.

Watford 1 Leeds United 2 (SkyBet Championship, May 4, 2013).

Watford went into the game needing a victory to secure their place in the Premier League.

Early on, the game was stopped for 16 minutes, after the Watford keeper Jonathon Bond suffered a serious head injury following a collision. He was eventually replaced by 19-year-old Jack Bonham.

United scored the opening goal of the game through Dominic Poleon in the 41st minute but the Hornets replied in the 14th minute of first-half injury time through Almen Abdi.

In the second half, Watford went down to 10-men, after Troy Deeney saw red for a second bookable offence.

Watford kept pushing for a winner, but it was Ross McCormack who chipped Bonham to give Leeds the three points, and deny Watford promotion.

Watford 1 Leeds United 1 (npower Championship, December 10, 2011).

On-loan midfielder Michael Kightly opened up the scoring for Watford just before the half-hour mark.

The Whites had to wait until the dying embers of the game to grab their equalising goal.

Mika Vayrynen was brought down in the area by Nyron Nosworth and the referee awarded a penalty to the away side. The penalty was put away comfortably by Robert Snodgrass to earn United a point.

Watford 0 Leeds United 1 (npower Championship, August 28, 2010).

United were the newly-promoted side in the league and they were looking to carry on their strong start to the new season.

Leeds captain Richard Naylor opened up the scoring early on from close range – a goal which would prove to be the winner.

New signing Ross McCormack made his debut from the substitutes’ bench as United looked to make the game safe, but he was unable to find the net and United help on for a valuable three points.