Date: 3rd February 2016 at 4:31pm
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Following his star turn against the lowly MK Dons, Oscar faces high-flying Watford today.

If history is any judge, don’t expect fireworks.

Looking through his performances, the silky Brazilian plays one game on and then one or two games off.

The games he plays on have several things in common: usually against an opponent that affords him a lot of space; usually against an opponent that isn’t too physical; usually when the rest of the team is playing well; usually in a game with zero pressure; usually on a top class surface.

Needless to say almost none of those prerequisites will be present at Vicarage Road ‘stadium` today.

I put ‘stadium` in quotes because Watford`s patchwork surface looks and plays more like a cow pasture.

How much has the fact that Hornets are used to this surface helped them reach their lofty Premiership position? A lot I’d say.

Bottom line: it`s another bit of adversity for the notoriously adversity-averse Oscar to overcome.

Victory against a bizarrely lackluster 10-man Arsenal and capitulating MK Dons proves little.

Today we`re back into the meat and potatoes of Premiership survival.

It`s a diet the fussy Oscar needs to learn how to swallow.


 
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