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.
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.
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.
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