Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY MIKE WAL­TERS

BANG on cue, Wat­ford have a de­fen­sive cri­sis as Manch­ester City close in on Vicarage Road. On the fi­nal day of last sea­son, the Hor­nets were without all six cen­tral de­fend­ers in their 25-man league squad, out­go­ing boss Wal­ter Maz­zarri named two goal­keep­ers on the bench as a friv­o­lous parting shot... and City strolled to a 5-0 win. Wat­ford’s new head coach Marco Silva, whose side are un­beaten, is wrestling with a sim­i­lar prob­lem be­cause cen­tre-backs Younes Kaboul, Se­bas­tian Prodl, Craig Cath­cart and Miguel Bri­tos – are un­avail­able. The Hor­nets could go top, for only the sec­ond time in their 136-year his­tory, if they beat City for the first time since 1989. But Por­tuguese boss Silva has an ex­cuse if they fall short, say­ing: “We know, for the fi­nal game last sea­son, there were six cen­tre-backs miss­ing through in­jury. “I’ve had to use six cen­tre­backs al­ready in four games – not a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion – and tried to sign one more as we know some of the play­ers had prob­lems in the past. “So far we’ve not been able to play the same two cen­tre­backs from one game to the next. It’s im­por­tant for the team that we start to get every­body fit.”

A TOP EF­FORT Wat­ford could be on a high not seen since 1982

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