Walter Mazzarri is looking to avoid a third straight defeat and what could be a fifth straight away defeat should his side pick up nothing again on the road at the King Power Stadium. Watford will very much have to go up against the form book as Leicester, whose players disgracefully got former boss Ranieri the sack this season, have since won all four Premier League home games.
This is the opportunity for both sides to mathematically seal their survival in the Premier League. Despite both sides being placed on what is deemed the magical 40 point mark, an incredible end to the season would see one of the club’s relegated should they get 0 points until the end of the season and if Swansea pick up 9 points from 9 while Hull would need 7 points from 9. This does of course seem a very distant possibility with both of those clubs on 9 wins for the entire season but at this time when pressure and motivation can be key, this is certainly not impossible so both clubs need to take this as the opportunity to get across the line.
Regardless of any relegation fears that would’ve existed at all, the Hornets must go again and improve on their Monday night performance against Liverpool. With Everton and Chelsea away before hosting Man City as the final fixture, a win here would certainly ease concerns and give some form of cheer before what looks like a miserable end of the season.
Watford will have to come with a game plan and some real grit to walk away with the points, something that isn’t encouraging when you watch Mazzarri’s side this season. So again something is going to have to spark in a similar fashion when Watford came out 2-1 winners at the Emirates in late January you feel. If you’re going to want to play a team now it’s probably going to be Watford, we are very much there for the taking and it’s no surprise the away record is very poor, I don’t think the players have the character or the guidance to manage an away performance when times get tough.
In my opinion, Mazzarri should revert back to a four at the back regardless of Holebas being fit, the only recognisable left back in the squad. I believe Amrabat should be dropped, he’s unfortunately been poor since his return from injury. Isaac Success should take his place, operating on the left hand side with Niang switching over to the right. The Frenchman should look to get close to Deeney when possible, both of these players need to offer more to inspire Watford to victory.
Lessons can be learnt from Monday’s defeat in my opinion, while defensively the side were fairly resolute there must be more of a structure to the way the side attack. Having a three of Success, Deeney and Niang means that we would be capable of playing off Deeney on the counter attack and look to catch Leicester cold. However there is always that case they will look to do the same so being careful in possession is important and I think with current frailties Watford would be better focused without the ball and picking moments when to play. It could be another tough watch but bravery on and off the ball is now needed to get over the line.
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