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Southampton is only on the basis of the goal difference still above the relegation streak and so the Mauricio Pellegrino team can use a three-point win this weekend, but a victory over Watford will be a difficult task for Southampton.
Watford is in tenth place in the Premier League and that is pretty handsome. Last season, The Hornets ended up just above the finish line and it must be a bit crazy for Watford to come in relegation distress this season. Marco Silva’s formation has already scored 25 points this season and the gap on Stoke City is only five points, but there are still seven teams between Watford and the number eighteen of the English Premier League. All in all, it must be a bit crazy if Vicarage Road does not belong to the Premier League stadiums next season, but if Watford ends up in a bad series, then of course there is still a lot to do.
The Hornets played in the FA Cup against Bristol City last weekend and had no problem with the Manchester United executioner. At Bristol City the focus was clearly already on last Tuesday’s League Cup game against Manchester City and Watford last Saturday won 3-0 vs. the club from the Championship. André Carillo, Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue were on Vicarage Road responsible for the hits of Watford against Bristol City and The Hornets will compete against this weekend’s opponent in the next round of the FA Cup-tournament.
At Watford they could use the victory at Bristol City well, because the results were not too good in the last weeks. The Hornets only won one of the last nine games and seven of those nine games also ended in a loss for Watford. In the home stadium, however, Watford has managed to find the net in the last seven games and that will provide a lot of confidence at The Hornets, especially because Southampton is struggling to score goals this season.
Southampton is in relegation distress and Mauricio Pellegrino has not yet succeeded in getting The Saints out of relegation worries. The team of Pellegrino has, like Stoke City, managed to get twenty points from 22 games, but only on the basis of the goal difference over Stoke. Of course there are still a lot of games to be played this season in the Premier League and there is a chance that Pellegrino can go up the road with The Saints, but for now it seems that this is just a disappointing season for Southampton. In the past four seasons, Southampton always finished in the top eight, but this season they are likely to be happy at Southampton if they finish above the finish line.
After nine games without victory, the formation of Mauricio Pellegrino won another game last week. Southampton went to visit Fulham in the FA Cup and The Saints won 0-1 at Craven Cottage with a James Ward-Prowse goal. Although the outcome may suggest otherwise, Southampton was lord and master in West London and Pellegrino may blame his team for having remained at 0-1 victory against Fulham. In two weeks, Southampton will wait for Watford in the FA Cup and then there will not be played on Vicarage Road, but Southampton will play in St. Mary’s Stadium.
At Southampton they of course have a lot of money caught by the sale of Virgil van Dijk and The Saints have this period so what to spend. Pellegrino can also use some reinforcements in the fight against relegation and Southampton, for example, would be interested in Theo Walcott of Arsenal. Before Southampton can think of transfers, a good result must be booked this weekend to visit Watford and since The Saints did not win their last nine matches in the Premier League, there will also be little confidence in a win on Vicarage Road.
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