Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri is not bothered one iota by the fact his streetwise side top the Premier League’s disciplinary table.
Jonathan Moss will take charge of the Hornets on Saturday for the second time this season – he refereed the home game with Chelsea, dishing out seven yellows – and Watford fans will be hoping he keeps his cards in his pocket this weekend. Jose Holebas, for example, is just one yellow card away from receiving an automatic one-game suspension. The Greek defender’s four bookings contribute towards a league high of 25 team yellow cards – two more than any other team.
Yet Mazzarri is unconcerned by the lack of fair play from his side, no doubt believing it’s a sign of their commitment, know-how and game management.
“I didn’t know [we were top],” he said. “I really don’t see any problem. If, of course, there are serious fouls or punches, then I will be angry, but if we are just fighting for the ball, then I don’t see any problem.”
Moss has only officiated seven Watford games in his career and the match with the Tigers will be only this third at Vicarage Road. He dishes out yellow cards to Watford players at just over two a game and is yet to send off a player in yellow. He has, however, sent off two players in eight games this season, dismissing Manchester City’s Nolito and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.
Watford’s yellow card table: