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Three to watch: Watford

AS the last international break of 2020 reaches its conclusion, Mark Warburton’s QPR welcome the visit of Hertfordshire outfit Watford. The Hornets travel to the capital hoping to build on the impressive start they have made to life back in the SkyBet Championship.

Rangers headed into the break on a sour note, following a disappointing result against Blackburn Rovers, which ended the R’s positive run of form.

Whilst in contrast, opponents Watford head to W12 only one point off of the top spot and looking for their third successive league victory. Following back-to-back victories over Stoke City and Coventry City respectively.

The R’s recent form against the Hertfordshire side, will only give the hosts extra encouragement, with Rangers coming out on top the last time these two met in the League, back in 2014.

www.qpr.co.uk have decided to take an in-depth look at three key Watford men to watch out for this weekend.

Ismaïla Sarr:

Senegalese international Ismaïla Sarr is somewhat of a household name, following his multi-million-pound move to Vicarage Road in 2019.

After joining from Ligue 1 side Rennes, the young winger has been tipped for big things and a stunning solo performance against eventual league champions Liverpool in February, only highlights the quality the 22-year-old possesses.

Sarr started his career with local Senegalise side Génération Foot, before moving to French football in 2016.

Spells with FC Metz and Rennes was to follow and it was during his time in Brittany, that Sarr’s promising career really began to take off – helping the French side claim their place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages.

This fine form quickly attracted a huge amount of interest from all over Europe, with Hertfordshire and the Premier League eventually his destination.

Sarr has since notched an impressive 8 goals in 36 appearances for the Hornets and he continues to attract interest from many top clubs.

João Pedro:

After initially signing for Watford in October 2018, almost two-years later Pedro eventually moved in the summer from hometown side Fluminense FC.

Following a fine run of form in Brazil, which included scoring six times in three matches. Big things are expected for the youngster, with his move to Hertfordshire his first step in what potentially looks to be a very successful career.

Two years after agreeing to join the Hornets, Pedro made his full-debut in the FA Cup against Tranmere Rovers, before making his league debut against Southampton in June.

However, relegation from the Premier League for the Golden Boys has seen the departure of some major assets and given the chance for Pedro to play a big role at Vicarage Road this season.

An opportunity the teenager has grasped with both hands, scoring his first Watford goal in a 1-0 win over Luton Town back in September.

He has since notched 4 goals in 10 games, helping move Vladimir Ivić's side to second in the league table.

Ben Foster:

Goalkeeper Ben Foster is now in third spell at Vicarage Road, after enjoying two loan spells with the Hornets earlier in his career.

The former Manchester United youngster, initially joined Watford for the 2005/06 season and helped Aidy Boothroyd’s side clinch promotion to the Premier League, via the play-offs.

The year after, during the Hornet’s season-long spell in the Premier League, Foster continued to shine and this fine form eventually earnt him his chance with parent club United.

Foster then enjoyed spells in the Midlands with Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, before moving back to Hertfordshire in 2018.

Following this move, Foster has become a regular between the sticks for the Hornets and has notched over 85 appearances, during his two-year spell back at Vicarage Road.