With Troy Deeney ruled out of action this Saturday after losing his red card appeal from Watford’s 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, The Hornets might struggle for attacking options.
Deeney, Watford’s captain and top scorer with 9 league goals has lead the Watford attack for 9 consecutive seasons. This season however, Watford have somewhat shared goal scoring responsibilities throughout the team with Deulofeu (7), Pereyra (6), Doucouré and Andre Gray (5).
This weekend is a great opportunity for Andre Gray to become the focal point of Watford’s attack in Deeney’s absence, the 20 million euro Welch striker should relish facing a Huddersfield side that have shipped 16 goals in their last 5 games.
It’s difficult to predict the action at the opposite end of the pitch with Watford failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 9 games, however Ben Foster will take comfort in the knowledge that Huddersfield have only scored in 4 of their 15 games in 2019.
Despite lingering in mid-table, Watford won’t begin to wind down just yet. Earlier this month, Watford secured a date with Premier League champions Man City in the FA Cup final after beating Wolves in extra time.
Perhaps Deeney’s short term absence will be a blessing in disguise, crucially allowing the Watford number 9 to rejuvenate. With Manchester City knocked out of the Champion’s League, hence playing fewer games before the FA Cup final, Watford will need to keep a full bill of health if they are to gather enough momentum to mount a formidable challenge against City for a magical end to the season.
2pt win – 3/1 Treble:
Leeds 4/11, Watford 5/6, Bournemouth 4/6 (BetXS)
By Ciarán Cunningham, 18/04/2019