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A challenging task is waiting Watford back in the Premier League during their first game, with Dean Smith‘s new look Aston Villa Site visiting Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
With 91 points, the Hornets automatically achieved promotion back to the great times, while Villa ultimately lagged behind in their pursuit of European football.
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Xisco Munoz could hardly have imagined the dream start in life that he experienced in Vicarage Road shelter, with his opening game – a Boxing Day success against eventual winner Norwich City – which pitched his side for a magical half a year in the championship.
There were a couple of slip-ups along the way – namely losses to Luton Town and Brentford, as well as two point losses at Middlesbrough – but Xisco steered Watford for the first time after devastating relegation in the 2019-20. back to the major league season.
A number of talented players in Imran Louza, Joshua King, Emmanuel Dennis and Juraj Kucka arrived on Vicarage Road as Watford scrambled to become an established Premier League team, but recent pre-season results haven’t sparked any greater optimism.
The Hornets defeated Millwall, Doncaster Rovers and Colchester United twice in pre-season but lost to three Premier League teams at Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Brentford, as well as a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion.
However, as the Premier League prepares to reopen their goals to the crowd, Watford will aim to build on stellar form in which they won each of the last nine home games in last season’s championship, scored 22 goals and one Only two goals conceded in this hot series.
As ambitious as the owners of Aston Villa are, the signings of Emiliano Buendía, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey indicated the club was preparing for the inevitable departure of Jack Grealishwho is now considered the most expensive British player in history.
Explained in detail by the Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow On social media, Manchester City triggered the £ 100m release clause in Grealish’s contract – one he only signed last year – but Villa’s swift moves in the transfer market have shown her desire without giving up her now-defunct talisman for Europe push.
Grealish’s injury-related absence was hard to feel for an Aston Villa side aiming for a top 7 finish last season as a dismal record of four wins from their last 14 games saw them finish at 11th Christmas time.
The Villans haven’t really tested their eagerness in pre-season – although a 2-2 loss to Stoke City raised some question marks – with Walsall, Crewe Alexandra, Bristol City and Italian club Salernitana all losing to Smith’s men, with newcomers Ings netting against the latter.
Watford and Villa have never met before on the opening day of the season, and the Hornets have won the last two meetings on Vicarage Road 3-2 and 3-0, although Villa won 2-1 in the last encounter in January 2020 .
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Watford has started the new Premier League season with very few injury front concerns since Domingos Quina (Thigh) may not be ready for action while midfielder Will Hughes was relegated to U23 training in a tense contract situation.
Kucka immediately appeared for the Hornets in the friendship defeat by Crystal Palace, but competition for places in the Hornets midfield is widespread as Louza, Peter Etebo and Tom Cleverley everyone is looking for starting roles.
Troy Deeney It’s only three strokes left in the Premier League to hit the 50-goal mark but the 33-year-old has stopped working on the rival Cucho Hernandez for a starting position.
In the meantime, Villas’ new front man Ings should be ahead of the pack for the opener Ollie Watkins suffered a bruised knee against Salernitana, although Smith reportedly expects to shake off the problem in time for Saturday.
Smith has also ruled out the possibility of Watkins showing up far out where new signing Leon Bailey won’t appear due to self-isolation, and it remains to be seen whether Buendia’s hip problem keeps him away too.
Morgan Sanson and Olympic champion Douglas Luiz are also expected to miss opening day as Smith’s injury concerns may lead Smith to the former Hornet. welcomes you Ashley Young back to the team on the left flank.
Watford possible starting line-up:
Bachmann; Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Rose; Etebo, Cleverley, Louza; Sarr, Hernandez, Dennis
Aston Villa possible starting grid:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba; Buendia, J. Ramsey, Young; Ings
Probability: Watford 2-2 Aston Villa
Aston Villa’s numerous absences make it difficult to secure a win for the visitors despite the impressive number of new players, and it remains to be seen how their signings are received on the field.
Watford’s remarkable home record put them in second place last season, and with Xisco also welcoming some new attackers into their ranks, we can envision an entertaining draw on Vicarage Road on opening day.
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