Watford and their wretched record on live TV

Watford make the broadcasters feel extremely welcome at their newly-revamped Vicarage Road stadium but Hornets fans must be dreading it when their team is selected for live TV coverage.

Since returning to English football’s top table for a third time, Watford have a miserable record in front of the cameras of either Sky Sports or BT Sport. They have won just three of 14 televised games, losing ten and scoring only 11 goals while shipping 22. The signs are hardly encouraging ahead of the visit of Everton tomorrow (kick-off 12.30pm).

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Of some consolation is that the record is improving slightly this season – two wins out of five games – but the performances in the defeats, against Burnley, Liverpool and Stoke, were as wretched as any by a Watford side in recent memory, particularly when you consider how expensively put together this group is.

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Although the defeats are difficult to swallow, the disappointment is somewhat offset by the eye-watering amount of money Premier League clubs receive for appearing on TV. Last season, Watford got £8,782.088m for their live TV appearances, received an equal share of domestic TV income (£21,924.800m) and an equal share of overseas TV income (29,415.848m). The prize pot will get bigger in future. The domestic deals will rise from £3.018bn to £5.136bn in the three-year period from this season, and the foreign deals will climb from £2.23bn to £3bn-plus.

Watford’s TV horror show

2016/17

Manchester United (h) W 3-1
Burnley (a) L 2-0
Middlesbrough (a) W 1-0
Liverpool (a) L 6-1
Stoke (h) L 1-0

2015/16

Crystal Palace (h) L 1-0
Arsenal (h) L 3-0
Man United (h) L 2-1
Liverpool (h) W 3-0
Tottenham (h) L 2-1
Man City (h) L 2-1
Swansea (a) L 1-0
Chelsea (h) D 0-0
Leicester (h) L 1-0

Totals:

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