After an emphatic 2-0 away win at high flying Wolves, it’s time for the Hornets to face a struggling Huddersfield side who are yet to record a win this season.
Last Saturday’s game saw Watford put on the perfect away performance. A bullet of a strike from Etienne Capoue followed 58 seconds later by a sumptuous outside of the boot finish from Roberto Pereyra was enough to take all three points against a Wolves side who offered little threat in the opposite direction. With Christian Kabasele suspended, Troy Deeney injured and Andre Gray left out, it was a much changed Watford, for which you’d be forgiven in having concerns about.
However, the international break proved to be a tactical catalyst for the Hornets, whose organisation and threat going forward contrasted greatly from the 4-0 loss to Bournemouth 2 weeks prior.
This gives the Hornets endless confidence going into a game they will hope to take maximum points from. However, these have been the games Watford have been notoriously bad playing in, with the corresponding fixture last year being a 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.
Huddersfield Town have not seen a level of performance that can be likened to that of last season so far, but should demand respect from just how dominant they were over Watford last year. It is always dangerous to play the teams on such bad form as they have something to prove and a desire that has to be matched. Nonetheless, Javi Gracia’s side will see this as a big opportunity to carry on the good start to the season that sees us sit 7th in the league.
Gracia is likely to go with a side similar to that of last week. The all changed line up allowed Watford to get Gerard Deulofeu, Pereyra and Will Hughes all in the same team which boosted creativity and provided a platform for a resurgent Isaac Success. Kabasele returns from his one match suspension and is likely to come in for Mariappa despite his impressive display last weekend. Captain Troy Deeney may re-enter the fray if his minor calf injury clears up in time, however midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is sidelined again with a minor setback to a knee injury that put him out for most of last season.
If the Hornets go into this game with the same hunger and desire as last week, I believe they will come out eventual 3-1 winners at Vicarage road with goals coming from Pereyra, Doucoure and Deulofeu. However, Huddersfield are in need of a result and will see this as a big opportunity to get back on track. Any complacently shown by Watford will result in a first Huddersfield win.
Predicted Line Up: Gomes; Femenia, Kabasele, Mariappa, Masina; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Success.