Strongest Watford XI (4-5-1) To Face Southampton – Cathcart And Prodl In At The Back


Walter Mazzarri’s Watford F.C will go head to head against Southampton at the Vicarage Road, in match week 27 of the Premier league on Saturday.

The Hornets are sitting comfortably at 12th position in the league table, which is a point and a place above their Saturday’s opponents, and will come into the game after playing out a 1-1 draw against West Ham United last weekend. They will be looking to break into the top-half of the table with a win over the Saints.

Meanwhile, Southampton will be nursing a heartbreak following their 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.

Mazzarri will be without the services of January addition Mauro Zarate, who has been ruled out for the season, following a knee ligament tear against the Hammers. Winger Nordin Amrabat and midfielder Roberto Pereyra will also be unavailable. Full-back Daryl Janmaat picked up an injury in the last fixture as well and will is doubtful for the weekend.

Here we take a look at how Watford could possibly line up on Saturday at home:

Formation: 4-5-1

Heurelho Gomes (GK)

The former Tottenham man has been the undisputed No.1 at the Vicarage Road this season and it will remain the same against Southampton.

Craig Cathcart (RB)

With Janmaat picking up a knock in their previous encounter, we expect Craig Cathcart to step in at right-back on Saturday.

Younes Kaboul (CB)

The senior statesman has been a solid presence at the back for the Hornets. We believe he will continue to lead the backline against the Saints on Saturday.

Sebastian Prodl (CB)

The Austrian was left out of the line-up for Watford’s 1-1 draw against West Ham. But he will be reinstated to the line-up in the heart of the defence.

Miguel Britos (LB)

The former Napoli man did not look the most convincing as a left-back against Manchester United two weeks back, but injuries to personnel mean he will feature on the left-side of the defence.

M’Baye Niang (RM)

The AC Milan loanee has had a great impact upon his arrival in England. Niang will continue to trouble defences with his pace and power down the right-flank.

Etienne Capoue (CM)

The Frenchman has been one of the most underrated midfielders in the league this season and has been absolutely vital for Watford. He will be their go-to man in the middle of the park.

Valon Behrami (CM)

The Swiss international had a decent outing against West Ham over the weekend. He should hold onto his place ahead of Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Tom Cleverley (CM)

The former Manchester United man has been a constant fixture upon his arrival in January. We expect him to continue in the three-pronged midfield.

Jose Holebas (LM)

Owing to the season-ending injury to Mauro Zarate, the left-back could be utilized in an advanced position on the left-flank this week like how he was against Manchester United.

Troy Deeney (ST)

The captain scored their only goal against the Hammers last Saturday. Without a doubt, will lead the line for Watford against the EFL Cup finalists.


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