When you haven’t played in the Premier League in almost a decade, it typically means that you’re not a stand out club. However, Watford FC are showing that they could be for real. They could be the next Leicester City and this could be the beginning of something really special. Last Sunday the team beat heavily favoured Manchester United 3-1 in front of their hometown crowd. Prior to that, they stomped West Ham 4-2 and narrowly lost to Chelsea a few weeks before by a score of 2-1.
The team shows up against the stronger clubs but has had trouble putting away the weaker ones. They played to a 1-1 draw in the opener against Southampton and had trouble scoring for their next three games, only registering a goal in each (Premier League and League Cup).
Watford isn’t favoured by a ton over Burnley even though they’re on a tear. All this means is that the bookmakers aren’t convinced just yet. WFC has had two very strong performances but they follow a trio of lacklustre efforts. New Head Coach Walter Mazzarri was arguably the team’s biggest addition this past offseason and they’ll need him to bring his offensive, former midfielder mindset to each and every match. The former Italian League veteran and Inter Milan coach needs to preach an aggressive style if Watford wants to remain competitive.
They showed last week against Man U that they have the tools to be successful. The club’s victory shot them up to ninth on the league table heading into this Sunday’s matchup with Burnley. This game won’t be anything to sneeze at though. Burnley FC may not be the best team but that’s exactly what should worry the powers that be on Vicarage Road. It’s not the big games that will decide how their year turns out, it’s the little tilts that they can’t afford to lose. Burnley is off to a 1-1-3 start and has been outscored 7-1 through their last three games.
However, they did also show on August 20th, in their 2-0 win over Liverpool that they can still surprise when the pressure is on. Watford are desperately trying to work their way up into the elite conversation but do need to take things one game at a time. They truly need to be cautious and their trek for three straight wins begins this weekend.