WATFORD misplaced their 100 per cent file final week as they misplaced 2-1 to Manchester United and now go to Craven Cottage to tackle Fulham within the early Saturday sport.
Javi Gracia’s males couldn’t get well following their sluggish begin towards Purple Devils that noticed them 2-Zero down within the first half.
In the meantime, Fulham had been overwhelmed Three-Zero on the Etihad Stadium by Manchester Metropolis and have registered their second-worst ever begin to a Premier League season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was Fulham’s fundamental determine within the video games towards Burnley and Brighton which ended Four-2 to Fulham and 2-2 respectively.
Solely Eden Hazard has scored extra targets than the Serbian this season who has discovered the again of the web 4 occasions already, and likewise acquired a brace for Serbia towards Romania through the worldwide break.
As Fulham are error-prone defensively, the Cottagers will want Mitrovic to be at his finest in seek for factors.
The Cottagers’ defensive midfielders had been a large disappointment towards Manchester Metropolis.
Each Kevin McDonald and Jean Michael Seri had been leaving complete swaths of the pitch unprotected permitting Fernandinho and David Silva to run the present for the Residents with ease.
Seri additionally foolishly gave the ball away resulting in Leroy Sane’s early objective which put Fulham in bother early on.
The stat that issues
Roberto Pereyra has thrived underneath Javi Gracia, turning into Watford’s fundamental man and scoring seven targets at Vicarage Street for the reason that Spaniard took over in January 2018.
The Argentinian, nevertheless, has not scored in an away sport for the reason that conflict with Chelsea in October 2017.
Fulham: Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Mawson, Odoi, Cairney, McDonald, Seri, Schurrle, Mitrovic, Vietto
Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Hughes, Grey, Deeney
What the managers stated
Following the defeat to Manchester United, Javi Gracia stated: “I believe the primary half they’d performed significantly better than us.
“They’d extra possession, they’d extra probabilities they usually performed higher.
“Within the second half, possibly as a result of we felt comfy, possibly as a result of we felt the help of our followers they usually pushed us and we tried till the top and can strive within the subsequent sport.”
Talking after the loss to Manchester Metropolis, Slavisa Jokanovic stated: “I’ve seen many groups that wish to assault and nonetheless lose to Metropolis. I’ve additionally seen groups sit again and lose the sport too. We imagine our type is the higher selection for us to play.
“We begin each halves with massive errors. We had some possession of the ball and probabilities however we did not create probabilities to win any factors.”
Regardless of the loss, Watford nonetheless confirmed final week they’ve high quality of their squad – particularly within the attacking line. Three-1 to the Hornets.