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Cardiff City vs Watford predictions: Watford line-up

Watford’s last Premier League game was an inspired performance when they beat a strong Everton side 1-0. They also beat QPR in the FA Cup by the same 1-0 margin.

They now face a trip to Cardiff City where they have to try and overcome a rather upbeat Bluebirds side. Watford have to win this fixture to keep the pressure on 7th-placed Wolves, who are currently 2 points ahead of the Hornets.

Team News

Sebastian Prodl and Kiko Femenia are doubts for this game but are in the final stages of their recovery process and could be back soon. Roberto Pereyra is another who has been heavily missed and while he is very close to a return, this match could come too soon for the Argentinian.

Issac Success’ hamstring problem has ruled him out of contention for this Premier League game while wing-back Jose Holebas is serving his two-match ban for picking up 10 yellow cards, the 10th one of which he picked up in their last game against Everton.

Predicted Watford XI

Formation: 4-2-2-2

Manager: Javi Gracia

GK – Ben Foster

The former Manchester United man has been in fine form between the sticks for the Hornets this season and is a sure starter.

Daryl Janmaat

RB – Daryl Janmaat

Kiko Femenia’s return from injury could spell bad news for the Dutchman, who must impress in this game to keep his place.

RCB – Adrian Mariappa

The Jamaican international has been a key player for Watford this season and he has really impressed as well during Prodl’s injury.

LCB – Craig Cathcart

Very much the commander of this Hornets defence, he has played 25 games for them this season and even pitched in with 3 goals. 

LB – Adam Masina

The suspension to veteran defender Jose Holebas means that the Italian defender could get a rare start in the Hornets XI.

Abdoulaye Doucoure

RDM – Abdoulaye Doucoure

The highly-rated Frenchman has been excellent for Watford this term and is one of the hottest properties in world football right now.

LDM – Etienne Capoue

The Frenchman is an important part of the Watford attacking system and will keep his place in the middle of the park.

RAM – Will Hughes

Hughes has shown his quality over the last couple of months and has nailed down the starting role which could be at risk after Pereyra’s return from injury.

LAM – Ken Sema

Usually deployed on the other side, Sema has replaced the injured Pereyra on the left and done a very good job as well.

Gerard Deulofeu

RF – Gerard Deulofeu

The former Barcelona academy product has been the ideal partner up front for Troy Deeney due to his movement and ability to read the play. 

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LF – Troy Deeney

By far their biggest goal threat when Pereyra isn’t on the pitch, Deeney has to fire on all cylinders if the Hornets are to get 3 points from this game.

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