Watford vs Liverpool Preview – The Hornets Perspective

Watford’s season is in danger of capitulating with the club now facing a tricky last five fixtures. While nothing is won on paper, the manner of the Hornets defeat in their last match to Hull has to lead to the serious possibility fans may not have another point at least to celebrate this season. Liverpool are the visitors to Vicarage Road on the Monday Night Football, with Klopp’s sides making a habit of losing to poor sides and that’s exactly what we are predominately, which has to be the hope again come the 8 O’clock kick off.

While Liverpool will of course be favourites with their series of flair and attacking talent on display, Watford on their day are a match for anyone, which has already been proven with victories over Manchester United and Arsenal this season. However my feeling is one of apprehension for the match, there may not be anything to play for in terms of staying up or European football however getting thrashed is not a nice feeling on your own turf having already experienced this feeling by the likes of Arsenal and Spurs this season at home. That for me very much is a possibility again, the first goal is massive and if Liverpool get the opener in the opening stages, I’d fear the worst with the mindset of the manager and players alike. I can see a half-hearted performance on the cards. Not the view point you want to take when the reserve fixture at Anfield was a 6-1 for Liverpool.

I’m sure outsiders will again be surprised that fans are very much uneasy with Walter Mazzarri as the Watford boss, there have been some great results this season but it’s been a headache of a campaign. Countless abject displays have made it difficult for supporters to be consistent, that is why a fully committed, spirited performance will satisfy the needs of the crowd in my opinion. That’s all you can ask for and that demand hasn’t been met nearly enough times for my liking this season. So whether it is a defeat, as long as it’s one to stomach that is fine by me.

Under Flores Watford won this fixture 3-0 last season so if Watford do have a good day there has to be a chance of victory. To get the best chance of a win I think Mazzarri needs to protect the full backs, I can see the likes of Firmino causing Holebas all kinds of problems and Janmaat is equally there to be had with Coutinho a nightmare opponent. If Niang and Amrabat are deployed they are going to have to be well instructed of their duties and this is where the positional sense of Cleverley and Capoue covering the midfield could be key, effectively a midfield five if the recent 4-3-3 system is used must very much be a 4-5-1 without the ball and a very compact and structured one at that, as soon as Liverpool get in between the lines, it could be curtains.

A direct approach against Liverpool is the way forward, set pieces and balls into Deeney look the obvious strategy. However I believe the key to success will be getting bodies around Deeney as quick as possible, this is where the Captain can be effective but only when he has options, then Liverpool’s defence could be frantic and pulled out of position. I don’t believe the side have the concentration and energy to keep the Reds at bay for 90 minutes so a threat of their own will be the best form of defence. The Golden Boys are capable, it’s time to pick up some points to avoid a miserable end to this season.

Watford fans, are you concerned about the run in? What are your predictions for this match? Let us know in the comments below!