After what seems like forever, the Premier League is finally back to light up our screens! In preparation for the opening weekend, Millsy’s View is going to take a look at each team and review how they have done so far, how they might perform with the remaining fixtures and where they might finish in the league.
It is obviously going to be very different, as we have already seen with the return of the Bundesliga, where the lack of fans seems to give no home advantage. Also, many teams have come back seemingly better prepared, whilst conversely, some are not so well prepared. Nonetheless, in this article, we’re going to a look at Watford F.C. and try to analyse how they might do.
The Story So Far
Watford so far this season have been a real example of how not to run a football club. After being in a relatively secure position in the league for a few years now, it seemed that they could only go up and perhaps achieve a top-half finish even. What happened was the opposite, they had a horrendous start, not winning a single game until November, firing their manager Javi Gracia before rehiring Quique Sanchez Flores and then sacking him again.
That was when the change came, in the form of Nigel Pearson, who took them on a run of only losing once, to Liverpool, in 8 games before eventually halting The Reds’ unbeaten streak in emphatic fashion. It has been a fantastic turnaround for the side and has lead to them being just outside the relegation zone on goal difference, just above AFC Bournemouth.
What’s Coming Up?
Watford restart their season with a tough game at home to Leicester, where it is tough to see them getting any points from the game. After that come two crucial games against Burnley and Southampton which really they must win to give them any chance of staying up.
Watford are in the unlucky position of having to fight for survival whilst still having to play 3 of the top 4. They pulled a rabbit out of the hat to beat Liverpool but can they do it again against the other sides? Without the fans to get behind them it is very difficult to see that happening.
Where Will They Finish?
If Watford are to survive this season, they will absolutely need to pick up any points they can from the games against teams in the bottom half, any points they may get in the other fixtures will be bonuses. I think it will be hard for them to avoid the drop this season and I’m sorry to say that they are one of my prime candidates to go down, but I shouldn’t really discount a man like Nigel Pearson before giving him a chance now should I?
This article was written by Millsy of Millsy’s View and is part of a series on the post-corona Premier League run-in which you can find here. Alternatively, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter or WordPress to see any new articles.