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Premier League tips – Five reasons why Watford will finish bottom

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Newly promoted Premier League side Watford are 11/4 with bet365 to finish bottom next season, and here are five reasons why they will.

This article has provoked plenty of criticism from Watford FC supporters, so we felt it only fair to give the Hornets a right of reply. Here is Richard Pegden with five reasons why Watford are staying up next season.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ newly promoted Watford side will attempt to take on the challenge of staying in the Premier League next season, but they will face a tough test upon arrival.

The Hornets are a best-priced bet with bet365 at 11/4 to finish rock-bottom of the top-flight next term in their first season back at this level 2007, as they possess many faults within their set-up.

Here are five reasons from Bookies.com why Watford will struggle next season and ultimately finish bottom of the Premier League table.

Coaching chaos
Up to this point, under the reign of Flores, the Vicarage Road outfit have incredibly had six different managers in charge within 18 months. Since Gianfranco Zola’s sacking in December 2013, Guiseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay and Slavisa Jokanovic have all also come and gone.

Such a managerial merry-go-round threatens to continue this term if Flores fails to make a good start in the top-flight, and he is the 7/1 second-favourite with Ladbrokes to be the next top tier manager to be sacked.

Unstable owners
The Hertfordshire club are ran by Italian investors the Pozzo family, but have proved before that controversy is never far from their side.

Watford supremo Gino Pozzo, son of Italian businessman Giampaolo, is the joint-owner of the club with his aforementioned father, but they also have other side dealings.

Pozzo junior is heavily involved with the running of Spanish side Granada and Serie A outfit Udinese, meaning they could easily become preoccupied throughout the campaign.

Squad overhaul
The promoted club have already secured seven new signings this summer as they look to remain in the top-flight next term, but it could easily have a fatally negative effect on their chances of staying up.

Complete overhauls and reliance on new arrivals, having spent big in the market, doesn’t guarantee success, something QPR proved last term as they faced an instant return to the Championship.

Lack of experience
Despite seeing goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, defensive trio Jose Holebas, Allan Nyom and Sebastian Prodl, and midfield duo Valon Behrami and Etienne Capoue all arrive, along with the permanent capture of forward Matej Vydra, there is little top tier experience among the Hornets.

Before the recent arrival of Behrami and Capoue, Watford’s squad featured only six players that had made more than 20 Premier League appearances, so this is a clear indication that they are set to endure a hapless campaign.

Goalscorers have points to prove
Troy Deeney has risen to prominence at Vicarage Road in recent seasons, with the Birmingham-born striker, along with new permanent singing Vydra, having only proved they can score goals in the Championship.

It’s a completely different ball game in the top tier, but Watford are set to put all their faith into frontmen that have no past credentials of striking in the Premier League, meaning they are the odds-on 3/4 favourites with Ladbrokes to face an immediate drop next season.

Betting tip: Watford to finish bottom @ 11/4 with bet365

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  1. With a Return On Investment of -182% kind of says it all.
    Barnard Samuel, with only 11 games in, do you still think Watford will finish bottom?…. I reckon you’d still put a tenner on, further increasing your negative ROI.

  2. I agree Stuart. This is piss-poor so-called journalism. In fact it’s downright embarrassing. The Internet is awash with tales of why we’re doomed to relegation (yawn), but most other items I’ve read have at least undertaken a modicum of homework before committing to print. I’d like to say this article is shoddy but that would be way too generous. Go back to writing about cats stuck in trees for your local rag.

  3. 5 reasons why the article above is complete rubbish:

    Coaching Chaos:

    It’s really not incredible when you consider the bizarre set of circumstances that most of them departed under. That’s in the past and has very little to do with the future. Flores is in the same set of circumstances as the other new managers taking over their teams such as Ranieri and Bilic. Why does the amount of managers we’ve had in the past doom us to failure?

    Unstable Owners:

    What? So preoccupied they managed to get out one of the toughest leagues in the world. You’re having a laugh…

    Squad Overhaul:

    7 new signings indeed, except Vydra has played at Watford for 2 seasons, so we’ll call that 6 new signings. Palace stayed up with over 9 new signings. If the talent and desire is there (what was lacking at QPR rather than too much disruption) then the chances of survival are much much higher.

    Lack of experience:

    Whilst the players bought it may lack Premier League experience, they are no strangers to playing at a high level. Arlauskis has Champions League experience, as well as 20 international caps. Holebas was named in the Serie A team of the season for 14/15, both Champions League and Europa League experience as well as 27 caps (playing every game in the 2014 World Cup for Greece). Prodl has almost 7 years experience of playing in the Bundesliga, making almost 150 appearances (as well as Champions League + Europa League experience, and 50 caps).

    Goalscorers have points to prove:

    Vydra has past credentials of scoring in the Premier League, so not sure who you got your stats from. Also players like Austin, Ings and Kane hadn’t scored in the Premier League up until last season, they did alright. Why are Deeney + Vydra any less likely to score?

    I’d think of a new career mate, because you aren’t cut out for this writing lark.

  4. This is the laziest, inept, clueless load of tripe I have ever read when it comes to football, football clubs and how they are run. You sir need to do research before you write and submit such embarrassing shite.

  5. Luke Louis Herron

    “The Hertfordshire club are ran by Italian investors the Pozzo family, but have proved before that controversy is never far from their side.

    Watford supremo Gino Pozzo, son of Italian businessman Giampaolo, is the joint-owner of the club with his aforementioned father, but they also have other side dealings.

    Pozzo junior is heavily involved with the running of Spanish side Granada and Serie A outfit Udinese, meaning they could easily become preoccupied throughout the campaign.”

    1. controversy; last time that happened was about 20 years ago for fraud and other reasons, “Joint-Owner”; Gino Pozzo is the sole owner, “heavily involved. Easily become preoccupied” erm, that’s why there are multiple Directors etc at the club! If he couldn’t do his job then we wouldn’t be in the Premier League anyway.. also Gino runs Udinese as his father isn’t allowed to run football clubs!