Gracia to make 5 changes – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Watford XI to face Reading in EFL Cup

Predicted Watford line-up to face Reading in the EFL Cup

Watford continued their enthralling start to the Premier League season, making it three wins from three to keep pace with the early leaders.

The Hornets have been in fine form going forward and will be aiming to get past a dismal Reading side that are currently languishing in the relegation zone of the Championship.

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Apart from the long-term absentees, Javi Gracia can pick from a fully fit squad.

The manager is expected to make a few changes in order to keep the squad fresh before the weekend.

Probable Watford XI

Manager: Javi Gracia

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Heurelho Gomes (GK)

Gomes has been one of the Premier League’s top shot-stoppers over the years. He should be handed a start in this game.

Daryl Janmaat (RB)

Janmaat’s offensive prowess is what makes him such an enticing full-back.

Daryl Janmaat

Sebastian Prodl (CB)

The centre-back should start ahead of Cathcart in order to provide the latter with some rest.

Christian Kabasele (CB)

Kabasele has so far been a rock at the back for the Hornets. He should be partnered alongside Prodl.

Adam Masina (LB)

Masina is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club. He should start at left-back.

Etienne Capoue (RCM)

The former Tottenham man’s direct runs posed a huge threat against Crystal Palace last game. If he does anything similar here, Watford are sure to progress.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (LCM)

Doucoure has been an all-round performer for Watford in the middle of the park. He’s unplayable at this moment.

Abdoulaye Doucoure

Will Hughes (RAM)

The youngster will be aiming to nail down his spot after being handed a regular role at the club.

Roberto Pereyra (CAM)

Pereyra has flourished in Javi Gracia’s system. He has been one of their leading threats going forward.

Ken Sema (LM)

Sema looked energetic after coming on in the last game. He should give the opposition defenders a run for his money in this game too.

Read more: Fantastic Capoue, poor Gray – The best and the worst-rated Watford stars vs Crystal Palace

Isaac Success (ST)

Both Deeney and Gray should be handed rests in this game. Success should provide Javi Gracia with the required venom in the final third.

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