Norwich City v Watford. It’s being billed as the Championship title shoot-out between ourselves and our friends from Hertfordshire but I don’t really go along with that if I’m honest.
Some might suggest we’ll take our foot off the gas now we are promoted but the indicators seem otherwise to me, especially in light of our spirit against Bournemouth and our complete domination when it was XI against XI.
And in any case Watford have to play ourselves, Swansea and Brentford in their final four games. Oh and Millwall as well. Personally I don’t see them making up the current eight point difference between us out of that lot and 90 points might already be enough for the title. We shall see, not that we’ll end on just 90 anyway.
We can relax, sit back and let the remainder this season’s ups and downs carry on around us without a care in the world
And for the final time this season it’s time to move onto my ever-reliable MFW Gang of Four for their views. Unfortunately and for various personal reasons Jiang Quing, Zhan Chungiao, Yao Wenyuan and Wang Hongwen were unavailable so we’ll have to make do with Alex A aka Ed, Alex B, Bernie Owen and Cutty aka Herr Cutz, who collectively know bugger all about Maoist philosophy but quite a bit about Norwich City.
So guys, we’re approaching the end of our Long March, which began with a single step against Huddersfield back in August last year. How will we go against Watford?
Alex A: “Well, here we are into the last four games, with promotion achieved and the title within our grasp.
“It has been the most amazing season and the foundations for our success were laid in the dark days of November, when at times, DF was unable to name nine subs on the bench.
“Surely if we can avoid being stung by the Hornets, the majority of the squad will be collecting their second winners’ medals this decade.
“Quite an achievement for ‘Li’l ole Norwich’!”
Alex B: “Dante Baptiste, Malcolm Allen, Seb Bassong, Trevor Benjamin, Leigh Bromby, Clint Easton, Damien Francis, Martin Hunter, Matt Jackson, Henri Lansbury, Malky Mackay, Anthony McNamee, Trevor Putney, Glenn Roeder, Keith Scott, Tim Sherwood and Mike Walker are just a few of the names that have connections to both clubs either as players or management.
“Our paths have crossed many times but City’s first promotion to the old First Division was confirmed at Vicarage Road in 1972 and I was there making the short trip from RAF Stanmore Park but sitting with Watford supporters that day.
“On to our next encounter and the Xisco Kid’s bunch of bullies. In recent weeks I have seen some nasty tackles on Emi Buendia without the referees giving much protection. Last week I watched the Watford-Reading game and was surprised that Chabolah and Sarr got away with the amount of blatant fouling either as a single or a double act. And then there is Hughes. He reminds me of Robbie Mustoe with skill so this will really be a game of attrition.
“Can we hope for a strong referee? I am not sure we can and this Watford team is a very big unit in all areas and don’t take prisoners.”
A rather flippant Bernie Owen says: “Martin, it’s an odd take on this game because I believe City will win 2-1, but I can never do a game against the Hornets without blushing.
“It’s not my fault but in the days of Elton John’s chairmanship of Watford I was in the West Country and played Sundays in a mixed hockey team. A partner of one of our players said: “you’re a Canary, I’ve got a couple of tickets – fancy coming with me to the game”?
“I went, we drew 2-2, didn’t cost me a cent. I felt guilty but what happens in the showers after a game of hockey stays in the showers.”
A more grounded Cutty thinks: “Even if results hadn’t turned out as they did at the weekend we would still have been top of the Chump when we meet the Hornets at Carra Rud, and they would still have been second.
“The last time we met they beat us 1-0 at Vicarage Road thanks to a poor referee denying Teemu a certain penalty.
“So it’s the best at home to face the second best and it’s Watford’s turn to have the bad luck.”
Alex A: With both teams having excellent defensive records I don’t envisage a high scoring game and I’ll go for a 2-1 home win. A draw would only mean we have to wait a little longer before the title celebrations can begin in earnest.
Alex B: My prediction is 1-1 but I hope it’s 2-0 to City.
Bernie: Look, we are promoted, so yeah we will score two against Watford. 2-0 to City.
Cutty: There’s no doubt in my mind that Watford will join us back in the Prem next season and I’m equally certain we shall enjoy a close fought win on Tuesday night. 2-1 to City.
Thanks folks – let’s hope we don’t see too much of Chairman Hooper’s Little Red Card directed towards the boys in Yellow in 2021-22.
My band of reprobates and I will be back next season [if not before] when we will, of course, be previewing Premier League fixtures.