Watford are entering their 5th consecutive season in the Premier League, as Javi Garcia and the squad try to improve on finishing 11th place last season, the highest position they’ve ever attained.
Watford had a great start to last season’s campaign with 4 wins in a row, which included a 2-1 victory over Spurs. The remainder of the season was typical of a bottom half team which was frustrating for the club and their fans.
Lots of hope this season however, as many players have stayed put and a couple of key reinforcements were brought in to add depth to the squad.
Expected Line-ups and Formations
The formation for GW1 is likely to stay similar to the previous season, but with the addition of Danny Welbeck, Ismaïla Sarr, and Craig Dawson, things could look a little different as the season moves on. As it stands for Watford the formation will be a 4-4-2 double 6.
Ben Foster is the starting keeper as he was one of the teams best performers throughout the year. The back line will be similar apart from Craig Dawson being injected into the line-up beside Craig Cathcart.
Capoue and Doucoure have been solid as defensive minded midfielders for Watford and will undoubtedly retain their starting positions.
Up top things look different. The additions of Danny Welbeck and Ismaïla Sarr will definitely change things around as the season goes on. If Welbeck can stay healthy, he could see significant game time, as he has a proven scoring ability.
Ismaïla Sarr could be a star in the Premier League. At just 21, Sarr has been highly regarded for a couple seasons by some of the best teams in Europe.
Last season he scored 8 goals and 7 assists in Ligue 1 and possesses electric pace. He also managed 4 goals and 3 assists in the Europa League in only 9 appearances. Keep an eye on this guy!
Deeney and Deulofeu will likely start as the 2 forwards up top. Both had good seasons and will look to continue building there chemistry together.
Corners: Holebas, Deulofeu, Pereyra
Free-kicks: Holebas, Deulofeu, Pereyra
Penalties: Deeney, Gray, Cleverly,
First 10 Fixtures
Watford have a great fixture week 1 against Brighton where they should take full advantage of one of the weaker teams in the league. After that fixture, things get a little tough as they play Arsenal, City, and Spurs in a 5 week stretch.
Brighton (H), Everton (A), West Ham (H), Newcastle (A), Arsenal (H), Man City (A), Wolves (A), Sheffield Utd. (H), Spurs (A), Bournemouth (A)
Javi Garcia will hope his squad can come out strong against the top 6 teams in the first 10 GW’s to keep team morale high.
FPL – Players to Consider
Gerard Deulofeu was Watford’s surprise player in FPL last season. His ability is never in question as he has the skill set to get by defenders, but the amount he produced for FPL was a surprise to many managers.
This season, the Spanish player comes in at £6.5m and I believe that is great value. He managed to score 10 goals and 5 assists in only 2064 minutes of actual play which turned into 133 total FPL points last season.
If he can keep scoring and finding teammates, Deulofeu could be a great bargain forward at only 5% ownership currently.
When you think of Watford, you think of Troy Deeney.
The Englishman has been with Watford since 2010 and is the heart and soul of the team. This season he comes in at £6.5m.
Deeney has been a steady player for Watford since promotion in 2015. Last year he managed 9 goals and 5 assists, but with the new additions to the squad things could improve as the expected workload for Deeney could be distributed evenly.
Ismaïla Sarr is my surprise pick and I believe one day he is going to be a star. The 21 year-old Senegalese player is a wait and see however, I predict it won’t be too long before we see him featuring regularly in the starting 11.
FPL has yet to add his price, but I hope he comes in at between £6.0m – £6.5m, which could make him a great FPL differential. He’s quick, big, and very direct, running at players using his great acceleration.
Watford might find it hard to crack to the top 10 this season, but I think they can be a strong mid-table team with the additions they have made. If Javi Garci can build off of the signings and find the right system, there will be a point in the season where we find that their assets will be useful to us.