Lloyd Dyer set to return after Watford draw Burton in FA Cup third round

Lloyd Dyer will make his first return to Vicarage Road since his contract was terminated after Watford were drawn at home to Burton Albion in the third round of the FA Cup.

Dyer, 34, was let go by Watford in last season’s January window and after a short spell at Burnley, he signed for Nigel Clough’s Championship side. He has scored three times this season in 20 starts.

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The draw, made by Steven Gerrard and Ian Wright, saw Watford handed a home tie for the second successive season and the tie is almost certain to be played on Saturday, January 7 as it’s unlikely to be a game picked for live broadcasting.

Burton, who sit 19th in the Championship, will be entitled to 15 per cent of the capacity of Vicarage Road under FA Cup ticket allocation rules in what will be the first competitive fixture between the two clubs.

Watford play Stoke away on the Tuesday of that week and Middlesbrough at home the following week so Walter Mazzarri is likely to ring the changes, just like he did in the EFL Cup.

Watford’s last six third-round ties

2016: Beat Newcastle 2-1
2015: Lost 3-0 at Chelsea
2014: Beat Bristol City 2-0 in a replay
2013: Lost 3-0 at Manchester City
2012: Beat Bradford City 4-2
2011: Beat Hartlepool 4-1