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Scouting Report - A look at Watford

WE take a closer look at how the Hornets have performed in the Premier League this season.


Javi Gracia

Age - 48

Previous clubs managed

Pontevedra, Cádiz Villarreal B, Olympiacos Volou, Kerkyra, Almeria , Osasuna, Málaga, Rubin Kazan

Career High-Point

Gained promotion to Segunda División with Cadiz and to La Liga with Almeria

Preferred managerial style

Stylish attacking football. Pragmatic against the league’s top sides

Managerial record at Watford

Games 45 Wins 17 Draws 11 Lost 17

Javi Gracia’s record against QPR

Games 0

Formation and Tactical approach

On paper, Watford have often been playing a traditional 4-4-2 formation. However their wide players are usually quite narrow and a lot of their attacking play comes from central areas. There is also plenty of physical strength down the spine of the team as well as a mixture of options up top. Sometimes the Hornets will look to adopt the more direct option of Troy Deeney whilst the pacier Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray can also be utilised. Javi Gracia’s side are very high pressers of the ball.

Last game and performance

Watford heaped more misery on Everton manager Marco Silva on his return to Vicarage Road as Andre Gray's 65th-minute strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the Hornets.

Gray made the most of the only moment of real quality in the game when he converted Will Hughes' cut-back 20 minutes into the second period, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Key Player

Abdoulaye Doucouré – Possessing the perfect combination of technique and power, Doucoure has been one of the Premier League’s top central midfield players over the last 18 months and will look to influence the game from the middle of the park in W12 on Friday.

One to Watch

Roberto Pereyra – The stylish attacking midfield player is Watford’s main source of creativity and he’s also a tidy finisher – netting on six occasions this season.