(Sporting Alert) — Watford will move into second place in the Championship with a win over the visiting Burnley at Vicarage Road Stadium today.
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However, manager Gianfranco Zola will have to do it without the services of defender Nyron Nosworthy, who suffered a ruptured Achilles while on international duty with Jamaica against Panama and veteran goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who failed a late fitness test on his injured hamstring.
But while Almunia failed his test, midfielder Almen Abdi passed his and will start, following the groin injury that had him listed as doubtful for the contest.
Cristian Battocchio, Ikechi Anya, Fitz Hall and Marco Cassetti start as well, while Jonathan Bond is in the goal.
Meanwhile, visitors Burnley are without midfielder Dean Marney, who is still struggling with a calf injury and Ben Mee is suspended.
Danny Lafferty comes in as Mee’s replacement in defense to play alongside Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff and Jason Shackell.
Watford v Burnley
Watford: Bond, Hall, Briggs, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Chalobah, Battocchio, Abdi, Anya, Deeney, Forestieri
Subs: Bonham, Yeates, Hogg, Doyley, Pudil, Vydra, Geijo
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, McCann, Bartley, Kacaniklic, Ings, Austin
Subs: Jensen, Vokes, Paterson, Stanislas, Mills, Stock, Long
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)