Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
DerbyDerby County
Ekstrand (68'), Vydra (35')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ward (73' pen.)
Davies (45'), Ward (57')

Team News: Matej Vydra returns for Watford

Matej Vydra in action against Blackpool on November 24, 2012
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Gianfranco Zola recalls top scorer Matej Vydra for Watford's home Championship clash with Derby County, who are missing highly-rated youngster Will Hughes.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has recalled top scorer Matej Vydra for the visit of Derby County this afternoon.

The 19-goal striker was rested for the midweek win over Ipswich Town, but returns for today's Vicarage Road clash as Zola rotates his forwards.

Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri drop out as Alexandre Geijo partners Vydra up front, while another Udinese loanee, Cristian Battocchio, comes back into midfield in place of Jonathan Hogg.

The Rams name Ben Davies, a midfielder by trade, at right-back in the absence of the injured Kieron Freeman. He is joined on the sidelines by England Under-21 international midfielder Will Hughes.

Jake Buxton is named in the Derby squad for the first time in two months following a knee injury and is alongside new signing Chris Martin, who signed on loan from Norwich City this week, on the visiting bench.

Watford: Almunia; Doyley, Nosworthy, Ekstrand; Cassetti, Abdi, Battocchio, Chalobah, Anya; Geijo, Vydra

Derby: Legzdins; Davies, Keogh, Brayford, Hoganson; Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Jacobs; Ward, Sammon

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the match against Brighton on December 29, 2012
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