After a last minute world class David De Gea save denied the Hornets a share of the points last week, Javi Gracia’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways against newly promoted side Fulham.
Having won the opening 4 games of the season, it was always going to appear greedy to expect a result against a confident United side. However, the loss will not take the shine off of what has been a remarkable start to the season, for which the opportunity arises against Fulham to further improve upon.
Going into the game, I can say with confidence that I believe our midfield is one of top quality. A level of quality not seen anywhere else outside the top 6 with the capability to not just dominate games, but to add goals and make meaningful contributions in defence.
This Saturday, they come up against a Fulham side who have had a satisfactory beginning of the season considering their tough fixtures. They recruited remarkably well with the likes of Andre Schurrle on loan, and Aleksandar Mitrovic coming to the club permanently. This added quality, in tandem with the flair of their wide players, will definitely be the focal point of the clash this Saturday. If the Hornets are to take all 3 points from Craven Cottage, our midfield must fire to the level we know they are capable of, otherwise the abundance of quality going forward for the Lilywhites will cause the albeit impressive Craig Catchcart/Christian Kabasele partnership all sorts of problems.
With Andre Gray scoring last week against Man United and Troy Deeney’s hunger for football restored, the Hornets are always going to be a threat. Although not the most technically gifted, their work rate and ability to bully defenders will undoubtably be an asset this season, which will earn many points itself. The quality of the likes of Will Hughes and Roberto Pereyra has already been showcased this season and if injury woes can avoid both of them, I just the feeling Watford fans can look forward to a season unlike no other in the Pozzo era.
In a closely fought affair, I believe the Hornets will have too much quality and confidence for the Cottagers to handle. After scoring last week, I think we will get to see the new and improved Gray back on the scoresheet joined by a brace from Roberto Pereyra .
PREDICTED RESULT- 3-1
- 26 Foster
- 2 Janmaat
- 15 Cathcart
- 27 Kabasele
- 25 Holebas
- 16 Doucoure
- 29 Capoue
- 19 Hughes
- 37 Pereyra
- 18 Gray
- 9 Deeney