How Watford fared last season
Last season was kind of more of the same for Watford and their fans.
They did start really well, only losing one of their opening 8 games and a home victory over Arsenal took them into the top 4.
However, links with Everton for manager Marco Silva didn’t go away and results suffered.
They lost 11 of their next 16 games which saw them tumble down the table and this cost Marco Silva his job.
Silva was replaced by Javi Gracia but their form didn’t really change.
In his first home game in charge they hammered the champions Chelsea 4-1 at home but it was downhill from their.
Watford lost 7 of their final 12 games and it was widely expected that another change of manager would ensue.
Javi Gracia remains in charge and he’ll be looking to guide the Hornets to their first top 10 finish since 1987.
What’s changed at Watford this summer
As ever, wholesale changes have been made to the playing staff with more expected to follow.
This is Javi Gracia’s first transfer window as Watford manager and he’s signed 5 players already and it is predicted that a few more will follow.
There’s only been 3 first team departures though but expect this number to dramatically increase.
Watford have an enormous squad of about 32 players which they’ll need to trim so expect departures before any further arrivals.
|Ben Foster.||Goalkeeper.||West Bromwich Albion.||£4 million.|
|Marc Navarro.||Right Back.||Espanyol.||£1.8 million.|
|Adam Masina.||Left Back.||Bologna.||£4.5 million.|
|Gerard Deulofeu.||Right Winger.||Barcelona.||£11.5 million.|
|Ken Sema||Left Winger.||Östersunds FK.||£2.5 million.|
|Costel Pantilimon.||Goalkeeper.||Nottingham Forrest.||Free.|
|Nordin Amrabat.||Winger.||Al-Nassr.||£4 million.|
|Mauro Zárate.||Striker.||Boca Juniors.||£1.5 million.|
Watford predictions for 2018/2019
Watford will be looking to extend their 3 year stay in the Premier League but are the third favourites for relegation at 7/4 and are 4/9 to stay up.
On the flip side they are 11/2 to finish in the top half of the table.
Watford’s best run in any cup competition was when they finished FA Cup runners up in 1984 but they’re 50/1 to win either the FA Cup or Carabao Cup this season.
It could be a difficult year for Watford.
Their form in patches last season was alarming and a poor start to this campaign could lead to trouble.
With the league more competitive than ever, Watford could struggle and they might just be back in the Championship next season.
Watford’s potential starting XI and squad depth
(Graphic includes Richarlison, who has now left for Everton…)
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.