Predicted Watford line-up to face Brighton and Hove Albion In The Premier League
Watford were impressive in their 2-0 routing of Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, with Roberto Pereyra scoring a brilliant brace to kick-start the Hornets’ season. Javi Gracia’s side looked well-drilled and cohesive as they carried on their pre-season momentum.
The Hornets will be aiming to make it two wins in two when they travel to Turf Moor on Sunday. The Clarets will be slightly fatigued after taking on Istanbul Basaksehir in their Europa League second leg play-off, presenting Gracia with the perfect opportunity to wrap up three points. But Sean Dyche’s men are not to be taken lightly and are capable of going up against anyone on their day.
Manager Javi Gracia has no fresh injury concerns as such and can field a similar line-up that flourished last week. Although Younes Kaboul and Obbi Oulare are still out injured, Gracia will be able to field a strong line-up against the Clarets.
All their players remained unscathed after last week’s encounter against Brighton and Hove Albion. They should all return to the team against Sean Dyche’s men.
Probable Watford XI
Manager: Javi Gracia
Ben Foster (GK)
After keeping a clean sheet on his Premier League debut with the Hornets, Foster will be aiming to maintain his momentum against Burnley.
Daryl Janmaat (RB)
Janmaat’s offensive presence is vital for the Hornets going forward. He creates a number of opportunities in every game and Javi Gracia will want more of that against the Clarets.
Craig Cathcart (CB)
The 29-year-old was very influential at the back for the Hornets and should start this game as well. He has done well in the absence of Kaboul and could snap up the former Tottenham man’s spot when he returns.
Christian Kabasele (CB)
The Belgian has been impressive after breaking into the starting line-up last season. He should partner with Cathcart in this game as well.
Jose Holebas (LB)
It was Holebas who provided the assists for the Hornets’ goals in the previous game and will be aiming to exert his dominance on the left flank once again.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CDM)
Doucoure has once again proven his worth playing as a box-to-box midfielder for Javi Gracia and he will surely play a vital role for the club this season as well.
Etienne Capoue (LCM)
After playing a more advanced role last season, Capoue was deployed in a deeper position against Brighton last game. His creative presence and vision proved to be highly beneficial for Watford going forward.
Will Hughes (RCM)
The young English midfielder is a pure talent on the ball and has shown immense potential under Javi Gracia. He should be given a regular role this season.
Roberto Pereyra (LW)
The Argentinian was electric after taking up an advanced role to fill the void left by Richarlison. He has been involved in the last 6 goals Watford have scored and grabbed two stunning goals against Brighton last weekend.
Andre Gray (ST)
Troy Deeney showed signs of ageing and should be handed a rest this time out. Andre Gray should be deployed as a lone striker, with more freedom and chances in the final third.
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Gerard Deulofeu (RW)
The former Barcelona man missed the first game of the season, but should be handed a start in this one. Deulofeu’s cutting edge in the final third should see Watford threaten the opposition more.