Watford Preview

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Watford

Watford round up the newly promoted sides, and they have some very tempting options on offer. Massive thanks to Ashil for helping me out, writing this together in Liam’s absence! Enjoy…

Incredibly, Quique Flores (2010 Europa League winner with Atletico Madrid) has become the 5th (Yes, FIFTH!) man to take charge of the Hornets since the beginning of the 2014/15 season. In that time they have almost bought a new squad, with as many as 10+ signings.

There is some quality amongst those signings, however the team chemistry will be given a severe testing at the top level.

Players in: Sebastian Prodl , Giedrius , Arlauskis, Jose Holebas, Matej Vydra, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami, Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Jose Manuel Jurado, Steven Berghuis

Here is their predicted line-up:

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Goalkeepers

Heurelho Gomes (4.5) – the former Spurs keeper joined the Hornets last summer, however Watford’s defence is the weakest of the newly promoted sides. Giedrius Arlauskis (4.5) doesn’t have much experience and will be behind Gomes in the order.

Defenders

Nyom looks locked on at right back, whilst Prodl has also been a regular during pre-season in the centre. Catchcart and Angella will fight it out for the other centre back position, Catchcart’s start in their final pre-season friendly makes me think he will get the nod. Holebas was expected to be safe at left back, however Layun has performed well so far. Sadly all of them are priced at 4.5m, so there’s no value on offer in terms of the basement price bracket. What I like about their defence is they have solid experience in Prodl and Holebas, whilst Capoue will shield them well. Prodl will be a strong threat from set pieces.

Midfielders

Almen Abdi (5.0) is the best of the Hornet’s midfielders in my view. At 5.0m he could be a more than handy rotation option, notching 9 goals in Watford’s promotion season.. He takes most of their free kicks and corners which is always handy to have.

Steven Burghuis (6.0) scored 11 times and provided 4 assists in 19 starts for AZ Alkmaar last season. You have to remember that the Dutch league is a level below the PL, but they’re solid stats regardless. He is Watford’s most expensive player, his ability to play on both wings and will be key to their attacking forays.

Manuel Jurado (5.5m) is not a prolific goal scorer, but he’s an experienced player who creates a lot of chances.

Valon Behrami will play in the defensive midfield pivot alongside Capoue, so ignore them. Ben Watson and Ikechi Anya will both play bit and part roles, so there’s nothing much you can expect fpl wise.

Forwards

Club captain Troy Deeney played a crucial role in Watford’s promotion to the top flight, and will do so again in their fight to survive relegation. He’s the core of most Watford attacks, his ability to assist as well as score could prove profitable. He has scored 45 goals in the past 2 seasons, whilst managing an impressive 13 assists along the way. Crucially he also takes penalties for the Hornets. I doubt he will be as good as Austin, but he’s the most likely promoted player to go close to matching his returns.

Matej Vydra scored 16 goals last season. He has experienced the top flight with WBA and could cause a lot of problems with his tremendous pace. If Watford opt for 2 strikers then he could be relevant, but Deeney will start ahead of him in a lone striker system.

Odion Ighalo (5.0) is already announcing himself by scoring for fun in preseason. He can play up front or out wide, he is most likely to be used on the flank this season. He had an incredible scoring record in the Championship, notching 20 goals in just 35 appearances. More impressively, he managed 18 in just 22 starts! His record of almost scoring a goal every 90 minutes proved he’s a great finisher, let’s hope he isn’t used as an impact sub. Expect to see him start on the wing in GW1.

Thanks guys!

  • Ashil Parekh (@ashilparekh) – Never did what I planned. Never planned what I am doing. Working for a bread (with cheese) |Football Follower | CFC Lover | FPL Consultant | A Father

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