Four matchdays into the new Premier League season and there’s already huge talks going around about whether or not Watford FC can pull off a Leicester City this season. The Hornets have begun their campaign with their best ever start to a season with four wins in four.
On the opening weekend Watford beat Brighton 2-0 and followed it up with a 3-1 away win at Burnley. Matchday three saw the Hornets ovecome Crystal Palace by a 2-1 scoreline, while the week before the international break saw Watford come from behind to beat a Tottenham side who thrashed Manchester United 0-3 at Old Trafford just a week earlier. The win over Spurs has certainly given the Hornets as well their fans the belief that they can do what Leicester City did three seasons ago. What is that? Win the Premier League title. Leicester City’s dream run three seasons ago has given the underdogs of football the belief that the improbable can be achieved.
Leicester City’s fairytale season was possible because of the continuous performances of some of their key players. N’Golo Kante played an instrumental part in midfield and created numerous chances throughout the season. Algerian Riyad Mahrez had a terrific season with loads of goals and pivotal assists in crucial games to his name. Striker Jamie Vardy was the Foxes’ top scorer with twenty-four goals, including a period where he scored in eleven successive Premier League matches and thus broke Manchester United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s ten-game streak.
For Watford to emulate Leicester’s season, they need their key players to put in the hard yards week in and week out. Argentinian Roberto Pereyra has started the season well with three goals in four games, while Greek Jose Holebas has been Watford’s top player so far with one goal and four assists. Captain Troy Deeney is another key figure up front and new recruit Ben Foster, who was signed from West Brom has been very good behind the sticks so far. It is still early days in the league but we all know how unpredictable the Premier League can be.
Watford sit pretty at third on the points table behind title favourite Liverpool and Chelsea on goal difference. Crucially, they are two points clear of Premier League Champions Manchester City. Chelsea have won all their games so far but their defens e still remains a concern. Manchester United have already tasted defeat twice in just four games. Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw against Wolves and required a sensational strike by Kyle Walker to bail them out and secure three points against Newcastle. Tottenham dropped three points at Vicarage Road. Liverpool have won four in four but with a packed schedule in the month of September and October could take a toll on their key players.
Hence, the big six have their issues which could only mean that Watford FC could well be on course to a maiden Premier League title. Its early days but the Watford fans are hopeful. Can the Hornets do the unthinkable? Well, we have to wait till May 2019!
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