Predicted Watford line-up to face Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup
Watford were unable to get past a rigid Fulham side that drew 1-1 at the Craven Cottage last weekend. Javi Gracia’s men have started the season in good form and have lost just once so far. The Hornets have otherwise looked confident and cohesive this season.
They return to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup on Wednesday. Spurs returned to winning ways against Brighton and Hove Albion but have looked fragile at times. Javi Gracia will certainly start on the front foot and look for a win.
Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley are still out injured and will be unavailable for this game as well. Troy Deeney is a doubt after carrying a slight knock from the game against Fulham.
Probable Watford XI
Manager: Javi Gracia
Heurelho Gomes (GK)
The Brazilian should start in place of Ben Foster this game. He is an experienced Premier League goalkeeper and is more than capable of putting in a good shift.
Daryl Janmaat (RB)
Janmaat has always been a massive threat down the right flank. His raids will be fruitful for the Hornets.
Adrian Mariappa (CB)
Mariappa should start in place of Craig Cathcart in order to provide the Northern Irishman with some rest.
Christian Kabasele (CB)
Kabasele has been a rock at the back for the Hornets this season. He should partner Mariappa at the back.
Jose Holebas (LB)
Holebas has already tormented Tottenham with his deadly deliveries into the box. He will aim to do the same in this game as well.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (RCM)
Doucoure has been an ever-present in this squad and will continue in central midfield. He is more than capable of playing multiple matches in a week.
Nathaniel Chalobah (LCM)
Chalobah is yet to make a start under Javi Gracia this season and should be deployed alongside Doucoure. He’s defensively impressive and rarely puts a foot wrong.
Kiko Femenia (RAM)
Femenia looked bright after coming on for Hughes in the game against Fulham. He should start this game.
Roberto Pereyra (LAM)
The Argentine international seems to have faded away slightly but there’s every chance he’ll get back on the scoresheet.
Isaac Success (RF)
Success showed energy and urgency after coming on against Fulham. He has already scored 1 goal in 1 League Cup appearance this season and will be a major threat against the Lilywhites.
Andre Gray (LF)
Gray scored a well-taken goal against Fulham and seems to be in good form. He will partner Success in the attack and offer more pace in the final third.