Watford predictions with latest odds and stats
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- Average Odds: 2.04
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Another season goes by – another change in management for the Hornets.
Though, to be fair, this year it was more warranted than usual. Watford’s fifth consecutive Premier League season ended in relegation last year, landing them right back in the Championship.
To be fair, the English football league system has a long-standing tradition of freshly-relegated teams going back up quickly (and vice-versa.) This singles The Golden Boys out as favourites for the 2020/20 Championship season.
That said, competition is bound to be fierce this year. At odds of just 2.30 for promotion, Watford are the fourth most likely team to earn a promotion if top online bookmakers are to be believed. Interestingly enough, they can also boast 5.50 odds for finishing 1st, which compares more favourably.
The takeaway is that they are either going to dominate the entire league or land a few points behind the promotion, with few possibilities in between.
Watford Key Players
Vladimir Ivić, the squad’s latest coach, has outlined a clear plan to bring about some much-needed changes.
So far, the focus seems to be on a relatively narrow but dangerous 5-3-2 formation. As one might expect, João Pedro as centre-forward is one of the team’s main goal-getters. Alongside him is usually Ismaïla Sarr, one of the most promising young attackers in English football. Though traditionally a winger, Sarr’s role in Watford is closer to a cross between winger and a flexible forward.
The side defensive line offers up plenty of options for unpredictable attacks. The centre-backs are often used to foster opportunities and springboard counterattacks. Christian Kabasele is a perfect example of such a player, as is William Troost-Ekong, a recent arrival from Udinese. As such, the wingbacks such as Adam Masina and Kiko Femenía are there to protect from wide attacks.
From a historical point of view, Watford’s biggest rivals are Luton Town. The two clubs from the South-Eastern part of the country have been major rivals since their formative years during the late 19th century. Their matches are sometimes referred to as the Beds-HJerts Derby and M1 Derby, which is derived from the M1 motorway which goes through both towns.
As far as the Premier League goes, Watford enjoy a newly-formed rivalry with Everton. Not exactly traditional enemies, the two elite-rank clubs have developed a fierce animosity over the past couple of years when Watford blamed Everton for ‘stealing’ their then-manager Marco Silva. The Hornets even threatened to take legal action against the Toffees which – in the end – resulted in a number of heated contests between the two clubs.
In a truly movie-like scenario, the professional football club Watford had originally been founded by a group of local youngsters in 1881. Sharing the same ‘pleasure of kicking a ball about’ the younglings first initiated Watford Rovers.
Seven years later, Watford Football Club was formally initiated through the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St Mary’s. Through their existence, Watford have had their fair share of ups and downs. In 2002/03, the club got inches away from administration due to the collapse of iTV Digital. The financial issues resulted in a large number of players leaving the club on the back of a 12% wage deferral agreed with the FA. The club to this date, however, remain most famously known by their ties with the pop icon Elton John. The British legend is a lifelong supporter of Watford who, in 1976, became the club chairman. His close ties with the club have existed for decades now with his taking ownership of the club, having a stand named after him. Most recently, Elton John’s kids were involved in the 2019 FA Cup Final when both Elijah and Zachary – his sons – walked out with the players at Wembley.