One of the recurring conversations I had during the first day of the HR Technology Conference revolved around using these tools to solve business problems. The issue with that, says Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer at Brandon Hall Group, is that “HR is a buffet of broken processes.” Applying technology to a misaligned strategy, poor tool selection, or inefficient process isn’t going to magically solve anyone’s problems—in fact, it’s just as likely to exacerbate the problem instead.When we recently did research on talent management systems, more than 1 in 4 companies was actively considering switching to a new system or provider. Consider for a moment how many of those companies might actually have the right solution, but they don’t have the right processes in place to support it. Or the opposite could very well be true: the company doesn’t have the right processes or technology in place and needs to make a change to one or both.So do I think HR technology is a worthwhile investment in terms of time and money? Certainly! But implementing a new tool can’t be done in a vacuum. The decisions we make as a business impact the decisions we have to make as HR leaders, and vice versa.HR needs to make sure it has its house in order process-wise before anything else. In the long run, that will lead to greater satisfaction, efficiency, and effectiveness with the selected tools. HR technology can’t fix HR, but we can. Here are a few questions to consider as you think through how this might affect your organization:· What problems are we facing that can’t be solved by HR technology?· What problems are we facing that can be solved by HR technology?· What process issues are we aware of but haven’t yet fixed?· What process issues impact our business that we haven’t yet identified?At the end of the day, this is bigger than what we can cover in a single blog post. The key takeaway is to see HR technology solutions for what they are—tools to make existing processes better. If your current process is broken, expect frustrations and dissatisfaction when it comes to your technology.What are your thoughts? Can HR technology solve some of the key problems HR faces? If so, how?
Other factors to take into consideration are that MP servers typically have a higher level of built-in RAS ( reliability, availability & serviceability ) features than DP servers and when hosting multiple VMs on a single server the overall reliability of a servers and its ability to be serviced without shutting down all the hosted VMs becomes very important to the overall efficiency of the Data Centre.As I said at the beginning – there is no simple answer and a lots depends on the approach you want to take in architecting your solution. Intel’s own IT department has done lots of work in this area and have posted many of their results here for others to learn from their experiences.The only thing that is for certain is that whatever decision is made on form factor the performance of the processors you specify has a direct impact on the number of VMs a server can host – the higher the CPU performance the more VMs that can be hosted and the lower the impact of the hypervisor overhead on the overall system performance, check out the latest virtualisation performance data here and here How many virtual machines ( VMs ) are you prepared to host onto a single server – MP servers can host substantially more VMs than DP – over 2x more depending on the workload within the VMs – this is down to the better memory capacity and larger number of I/O slots that MP servers typically support compared to DP servers. Against this using a DP server may be a better solution as 2 DP servers may cost less than an MP server, and combined host as many VM’s whilst not having as many VMs hosted onto a single server. Blades vs Rack – there is significant momentum building behind the move to bladed servers, mostly driven by the fact that the density achievable using blades is far higher than that possible use rack mount servers. Also the shared resources of a blade solution ( power supplies, cooling, network switches etc ) can lead to cost and power savings in high density configurations. The challenge with hosting a virtualised infrastructure on blade servers however is that blades tend to be limited in the amount of memory and I/O that they can support. The trade off of course is that with the increased density of a blade solution its possible with fewer VMs/Blade but more Blades/rack the overall number of VMs that can be hosted within a given data centre is greater using blades than rack mount servers. I often get asked what type of server a customer should use when landing their virtualised infrastructure, the immediate response is an obvious one, given I work for Intel – an Intel based server ! But beyond this the answer is a little more complex and to some extent depends on the philosophical approach the data centre manager wants to take to architecting their data centre.There are a number of choices that can be made when using standard Intel based server hardware – ignoring the obvious decision as to the hypervisor vendor – DP ( 2-way ) vs MP ( 4-way ) servers, rack mount vs blade. Ultimately any server decision is the right one ( so long as its an Intel based solution ) but some of the factors that will influence the decision are :- Density & Form factor – DP servers typically have a higher density form factor than MP servers – at the expense of less I/O & memory capability. But you need to take into consideration that an MP server can host more VMs than a DP server so within a given rack space use of a lower number of MP servers may well enable hosting of more VMs than using more DP servers.
The role of the CIO and IT professionals has significantly changed in the last decade. In today’s professional landscape, an IT professional is poised to lead the charge for technological innovation. As David A. Bray, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a interview with The Washington Post, “We need leaders who do more than keep the trains running on time. CIOs and CEOs can work together to digitally transform how an enterprise operates.”But, according to CIO magazine’s 2015 State of the CIO survey, CIOs were viewed as business leaders by just 13 percent of colleagues outside of IT and only 30 percent of line-of-business leaders. Obviously, there’s still a significant gap in the C-suite perception of IT. But there’s also a significant opportunity. As any digital professional will tell you, the best way to solve a perception problem is to be more visible. Say goodbye to the IT professional tucked away in the basement and say hello to the age of the social techie.Teaching Techies to be SocialitesIt’s been clear for some time that social media is essential to successful businesses, providing the opportunity to not only serve their customers better, but to learn from them. The same is true for the social IT professional. Through social media, an IT professional is able to engage in and help shape the changing conversation around IT. They’re able to expand their knowledge and skills through peer collaboration and partnerships born online. And, by adopting a more open and collaborative mindset, the social IT professional is able to begin to solve their perception problem.One CIO leading the charge to bring IT out of the shadows and into the social spotlight is Intel’s very own Kim Stevenson. Ranked as one of the most social CIOs by the Huffington Post in 2015, Kim has long been an advocate of shaking up the IT department and what’s expected of it. As she stated in a Forbes interview, “On the leadership front, I challenged IT to take bigger risks and to move beyond ‘what you know’ to ‘what’s possible.’ IT had gotten into a comfort zone taking small risks and only solving problems we knew how to solve, which yielded incremental improvements. If we were going to meet the needs of the business, we needed to be operating at a higher level of risk.”Beyond changing the perception of IT, becoming social can provide hungry IT professionals with a personal classroom for learning and innovation, helping them to stay on the cutting edge of the latest technology.Now that you now why you should get social, it’s time to learn how to get social. In my next blog, I’ll go into how you can kickstart your social persona.Until then, check out this list of the most social CIOs in 2015. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the benefits of the social CIO and the hurdles that are preventing more CIOs from jumping in. Leave your comments below or continue the conversation on Twitter @jen_aust and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferaust.
The Oklahoma State spring game gave a glimpse of OSU fans what they could see in the upcoming 2017 season. Although the game plans of most spring scrimmages are fairly conservative, only using a handful of base plays, there were still some notable things that one might have noticed during the game. Here are three most noteworthy play observations in the Spring Game.Three Down/Four DownThe OSU defense has committed to using a more varied personnel in 2017. The Cowboys used some three-down fronts last season, and the recent hiring of Brian VanGorder has solidified their commitment to three-down sets. The Cowboys have clearly worked on three-down formations in the offseason. They used a nickel set on multiple occasions with the rush backer on the left side taking place of the end (most defenses will put their best pass rusher on the quarterback’s blind side).They also used a nickel set with two rush backers on each side and three lineman spaced between.This is a good sign for Cowboy fans. Last season, they used three-down sets conservatively, bringing it out in likely pass situations. There was little variety, but it makes sense considering they started using it mid-season. Now, they’ve added variety, and it’s not just for prevent situations anymore. Expect three-down sets to play a bigger role in the Cowboy defense next season.Y AlignmentA number of Cowboy fans thought that the OSU offense would minimize the cowboy back position in 2017 considering how many talented receivers they have. If the Spring Game was any indication, it’s not necessarily that the Cowboys aren’t using the cowboy back anymore.Rather, they’re adding more variation to the back’s alignment. The Orange team, for example, lined cowboy back Keenan Brown all over the field, often playing in the backfield, as a tight end and as a flexed receiver all in the same drive. The Black team did the same with Dawson Bassett on the first couple of drives.The Cowboys showed formations with the tight end flexed in the slot in both two-by-two and trips formations; in the latter, the cowboy back aligned on the line of scrimmage in both the inside slot, known as “trey” alignment, and in the outside slot, known as a “trio” alignment (terminology varies).When used correctly, flexed tight ends can be a headache to cover. If the strong-side linebacker plays the flexed end head up, then he leaves the box susceptible to the run. But if he stays in the box, then he has to leave the end uncovered before the snap which gives the offense an advantage in the passing game.If done correctly, this formational versatility should give opposing defenses headaches throughout the upcoming season, especially considering how quickly the Cowboys operate. Four-receiver sets are effective, but the use of a tight end in this fashion has its advantages as well.QB Run GameThe Cowboys’ run game looked slightly different than last season’s in the spring game. It almost appeared as if they reverted back to their 2015 ways. They put a big focus on the outside zone out of the shotgun, with no use of the pistol (which, as we’ve talked about before, allows backs to utilize their vision better in comparison to the shotgun).They used inside runs with a wing tight end, but there weren’t any available running lanes because of the extra linebacker in the box due to the tight end’s presence. Their only successful play was an inside zone read. Mason Rudolph converted a 4th-and-1 with it in the game’s first drive, and the play was used in the latter half of the game to open up holes up the middle for the running backs.This play is an example of something the Cowboys never do enough of, and that’s to run against a six-man box. Yes, cowboy backs can help in the run game, but they can also help spread a defense out as well. This play also signifies the possibility of using Mason Rudolph in the run game more in 2017. Could we see more plays like this? That’s currently unclear, but the Cowboys consistently used this play throughout all four quarters.The Spring Game in its entirety was fairly lackluster, as OSU fans should come to expect. Gundy isn’t one to show too much before the season starts, and rightfully so. Although the scrimmage itself wasn’t all that special, the game was telling of what we could see in the future. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Prominent Oklahoma State athletics figures gathered at Stillwater Country Club for a golf outing in Stillwater and raised over $94,125 for the American Cancer Society on Monday afternoon.Your generosity has led to a donation of $94,125 to the American Cancer Society – a new record. Thank you, #OKState! #BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/Bd3iFbnHu0— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017The tournament featured OSU coaches Mike Gundy, Mike Boynton and John Smith, as well as alumni like Billy Bajema and Jimmy Graham and Morgan Hoffman.Some short-game work with @CoachGundy & former @CowboyFB TE Billy Bajema. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/FjaIDLnJND— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 That’s how the @PGATOUR guys do it. ??? @OSUCowboyGolf @KarstenCreek @Morgan_Hoffmann pic.twitter.com/AcGJu4DMg8— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Some #OKState celebs in the house as @okstate President @burnshargis & @OSUAthletics AD Mike Holder show their support. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/xfsNHb8AsI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Cowboy basketball is well represented at @OSUCvCGolf with @thacoachmike, Joey Graham & @KeitonPage tearing up Stillwater CC. #okstate pic.twitter.com/E2QRcMyt0R— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) May 22, 2017 Wouldn’t be a golf tournament without @OSUCowboyGolf & @OSUcowgirlgolf! Thank you to @OSUBratton & @CjonzeyOSU! #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/ys19rP43ZI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How awesome is this? @CoachGundy with Luke, who designed the #CowboyClassic golf balls. pic.twitter.com/tPprbOVR15— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017Watch the event’s highlights here:A star-studded #okstate cast turned out to raise money for cancer research while having a good time today. pic.twitter.com/jgRtIOE9yG— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 22, 2017
Mike Gundy was the last of the Oklahoma State interviews we did this week at Big 12 Media Days, and he was as relaxed and laid back as I’ve ever seen him. Gundy fielded questions for nearly two hours from media members about all manner of things.We got in a little late — because the initial scrum was overwhelming — and Gundy chatted about how much fun he has being the coach of Oklahoma State and what kind of opportunity Bob Stoops retiring presents Oklahoma State. He also talked about his marketing research.AdChoices广告In video No. 2 he talks Barry Melrose, discusses backup QBs and cowboy backs.In the final video Gundy talks Dana Holgorsen, why he won’t coach forever, what makes Kasey Dunn great and comments on the bingo card we made for him. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Basel ‘We will only celebrate when we are champions’ – Ederson not getting carried away by treble talk Alex Fisher 00:01 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Basel Manchester City v Basel Manchester City UEFA Champions League The Brazilian goalkeeper admits that the players are eager to remain focused on the challenges ahead rather than bask in their previous victories Manchester City may be champions elect and favourites to win a treble, but Ederson insists their focus will not slip.Having already lifted the EFL Cup, City are 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League – meaning they are rapidly closing in on a first league title of Pep Guardiola’s reign.In the Champions League, City thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie and are expected to coast into the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp All the talk of a treble has been played down by goalkeeper Ederson, though, who insists complacency will not creep into the City camp in the closing weeks of the campaign.”The players are very calm and all we’re thinking of is to keep doing our best, keep our concentration and the momentum going,” he told the Man City website.”We will only celebrate when we are champions and not before.”We are focused on our next challenge now, the Champions League, but we can’t feel comfortable at all, we must always be careful and doubtful.”For us the key is to keep on working hard to be focused, like we have been doing this season, that’s how we get to win games.”Ederson has been a revelation for City since arriving from Benfica, usurping Claudio Bravo and establishing himself as number one – keeping 13 clean sheets in the league along the way.”I am feeling very well and the whole team too,” he added. “We are playing amazing football.”
Manchester United Man Utd youngster McTominay earns first Scotland call-up Nicholas McGee 20:30 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Scotland Premier League Having opted against representing England, the midfielder has been named in Alex McLeish’s first squad having replaced Gordon Strachan in February Manchester United midfieder Scott McTominay has earned his first Scotland call-up for their upcoming friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.The 21-year-old is eligible for both Scotland and England, with his emergence under Jose Mourinho leading to much conjecture over which nation he should choose to play for. Lancaster-born McTominay has previously stated he sees his international future with the country of his father and reportedly pledged to represent Scotland this month following a meeting Alex McLeish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And he is in line to make his debut for Scotland after McLeish included him as one of six new faces in his first squad since being re-appointed as manager in February.Jon McLaughlin, Barry Douglas, Dylan McGeouch, Scott McKenna and Oliver McBurnie also receive their first call-ups.Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, Fulham captain Tom Cairney and Rangers’ Russell Martin have been recalled to the squad.Scotland face Costa Rica on March 23 at Hampden Park before travelling to Budapest to take on Hungary four days later.McLeish was appointed for a second time after Gordon Strachan was unable to lead them to the World Cup finals. Scotland have not featured at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage.Scotland squad: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Jon McLaughlin (Hearts); Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic); Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian), John McGinn (Hibernian), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Jamie Murphy (Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle); Ryan Christie (Aberdeen), Jason Cummings (Rangers), Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley), Matt Phillips (West Brom).
Arsenal Rodgers to replace Wenger? Merson will be ‘shocked’ if Arsenal don’t turn to Celtic boss Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:49 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Arsenal Celtic Premier League Premiership Arsène Wenger A summer change in the dugout is still being mooted at Emirates Stadium, and an ex-Gunner believes a former Liverpool boss will be handed the reins Brendan Rodgers deserves to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, says Paul Merson, with the former Gunner claiming he would be “shocked” if that appointment does not happen.A summer change in the dugout at Emirates Stadium continues to be mooted, with a frustrated fan base of the opinion that a fresh approach is required after 22 years of continuity.Wenger has helped to lift some of the pressure on his shoulders with back-to-back victories over AC Milan and Watford , but he is still scrapping to salvage a season which offers no guarantees of silverware or a top-four finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp If Arsenal do decide to move in a different direction, then Merson believes a man who took Liverpool close to Premier League title glory prior to rewriting the record books at Celtic would be an ideal candidate to inherit the reins .The ex-Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports on Rodgers: “I don’t know why he doesn’t get the Arsenal job?“He fits Arsenal great. The nearest Liverpool have ever come to winning the league for a long, long time is when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.“He’s done nothing wrong at Celtic. To do what they’ve done, people can say it’s Scottish football and Celtic are head and shoulders above, but every team they played on that run treated it like a cup final, which is difficult sometimes – especially when you’re Celtic and know you’re better than everybody else.“But I think he now needs a change and needs to come back down [to England].“I’ll be shocked if he didn’t get a good job. I’d be quite shocked if he didn’t get the Arsenal job.”Rodgers, who took charge of Celtic in the summer of 2016, completed a domestic treble in his first season at the helm.He also oversaw a record-breaking 69-match unbeaten run and remains on course to secure more major silverware this season – with an Old Firm victory over Rangers on Sunday aiding that cause .Wenger, meanwhile, has Arsenal sat sixth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of the Champions League spots and relying on the Europa League to offer them a shot at a trophy.
Liverpool v Watford Liverpool vs Watford: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:39 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool v Watford Premier League Liverpool Watford The Reds will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield and cement a top-four spot when they play host to a Hornets side ravaged by injuries Liverpool will welcome Watford to Anfield on Saturday looking to take advantage of a Premier League break for their rivals and cement a top-four standing.With others either taking in an enforced rest or in FA Cup action, the Reds could move back into third spot by offering a positive response to a disappointing defeat at Manchester United last time out.Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten at Anfield in top-flight competition this season and have been full of goals when on top of their game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Watford will be hoping to contain that threat when they head to Merseyside, but Javi Gracia has plenty of absentees to contend with and a woeful record against sides in the top four. Game Liverpool vs Watford Date Saturday March 17 Time 17:30 GMT / 13:30 EST Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Live fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 1 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn Forwards Firmino, Salah, Mane, Ings, Solanke, Brewster Nathaniel Clyne is the only player set to be absent for Liverpool, with the full-back not yet ready for a first-team return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Adam Lallana missed training in midweek to cast doubt over his involvement, but Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum will be pushing for recalls after making the bench at Old Trafford.Potential Liverpool XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane Position Watford players Goalkeepers Bachmann, Gomes, Karnezis Defenders Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Cathcart, Femenia, Janmaat, Holebas, Kabasele, Wague, Zeegelaar, Mukena, Hoban Midfielders Cleverley, Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Chalobah, Carrillo, Lukebakio, Ndong, Stewart Forwards Penaranda, Deeney, Sinclair, Okaka, Richarlison, Gray, Deulofeu Watford have 10 players currently unavailable for a variety of reasons, leaving Gracia facing something of a selection poser with limited options.Among those currently nursing knocks are Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley, Younes Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah and Jerome Sinclair, while goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was dropped from the matchday squad for a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.Potential Watford XI: Karnezis; Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Femenia, Richarlison, Pereyra; DeeneyBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are strong favourites to win the game, with dabblebet pricing them at 1/5. Watford are 14/1 to emerge victorious and the draw is priced at 6/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Liverpool have never lost back-to-back Premier League fixtures with Klopp at the helm, and will be determined to preserve that record on Saturday.The battle for Champions League qualification is heating up, with Chelsea only four points back on the Reds and Arsenal clinging to the hope that a 12-point gap can be bridged.Victory over Watford would put Liverpool back in the driving seat with only seven games to come and leave the chasing pack playing catch-up.The Reds’ home record – with Manchester City the only other side to have avoided defeat in front of their own supporters – suggests that a positive response will be offered to defeat against arch-rivals Manchester United.In Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Klopp boasts one of the most formidable attacking units in Europe and will be looking to them for inspiration once again.All three were on target the last time Liverpool faced Watford, with a thrilling 3-3 draw played out at Vicarage Road on the opening weekend.The Hornets have changed manager since then, but are perched inside the top-half of the table and will be hoping to end the season with a flourish.There is still work for them to do as despite being sat 10th at present, they are only nine points clear of the relegation zone. 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