You might have a sunny outlook because we’ve played well and created lots of chances against good teams or feel glum about zero points and goals.
Either way, the next four games will tell us everything we need to know.
Watford, Brentford, Southampton and Newcastle are all going to provide stern opposition, but if we can’t get the job done in at least a couple of these games, we’ve got a big problem.
I’m worried we’ll continue to look good between the boxes and be found lacking in the big moments but agree the performances have all merited points and if we maintain the level, results will come.
The Hornets bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking with an impressive 91 point haul to secure second place in the Championship.
A whopping 59 of those points came at Vicarage Road where they battered pretty much everyone to secure 19 wins and 2 draws from their 23 games. Impressive.
They took that home momentum into this season and sprinted into a 3-0 lead against Villa before holding on for a morale-boosting 3-2 win.
Two defeats on the road to Brighton and Spurs have followed, but back at their fortress, they’ll feel confident about getting another result.
It’s a different Watford team to the one we grappled with a few years back. There’s no Troy Deeney, Deulofeu or Foster these days but plenty of familiar Premier League foes like former Bournemouth striker Josh King and recent midfield recruit Moussa Sissoko.
Winger Ismaïla Sarr still seems to be the main man and is constantly linked with a move to one of the big six. He’ll be one to look out for tomorrow.
The home end
Some views lifted from the pre-match thread on a popular Watford forum:
This game will mark a new age for WFC. An almost entirely new forward line and midfield starters, and a lot of players who are past their prime/surplus to requirements/allegedly disruptive/uncommitted moved on. There isn’t much to go on yet, but the early signs are that most of our new signings really want to be here and are putting in the effort. My current assessment is that we’re a better side than the one that went down, even if some of the individual players in the relegation squad were better on paper. We’ve got some steel in the side now, a boat load of pace, and players that seem to want to actually play for the club instead of feeling they’re doing us a favour. Hopefully we can mark the start of this new era with a good performance against Wolves, who look like they might be there for the taking.
Yes. I’m pretty sure Wolves are in a false position. They gave Man U a hard time last match. They might have lost some of their impetus from 2 years ago, but they have good players. All games are hard to predict, but this one particularly so; It might well be a good game, as both teams begin to sort themselves out with all their changes.
They’re the new Sheff Utd, they’re competitive in games and only losing by a single goal but if you can’t score enough then you’re going to struggle. Plus their defence is awful, Sarr and Dennis should be gagging to play against that backline.
They played well against Salford Reds. No doubt they will see this as a great opportunity to take three points. We just need to show the same level of commitment, energy and skill on display against Villa and defensive solidity against Tottenham.
You can also look at it another way. This could be a great time to play Wolves. I think we agree that they are a better team than their results suggest, but they (and their new manager) will be terrified of losing a fourth game in a row and going even below Arsenal in the table. If we could score first they might well disintegrate in a blue funk.
As I write this, I’m still not sure if Raul Jimenez can play or not. If he can’t that’s a blow because I’m looking at this run of games as a proper launchpad for his season.
The only non-enforced change I would consider to the above lineup would be bringing Boly in for Saiss or Kilman – probably Saiss based on performance levels, but I do like the idea of having both Saiss and Boly in the team to attack set pieces.
Hopefully we also get a look at Hwang Hee-chan at some point to see if he can offer something different to that front line.
I’ve been impressed with our wingbacks in recent weeks and their contribution is vital in a back three. Last season, we didn’t get enough out of them, which I felt was a big reason we didn’t score many goals.
Last time out
We lost 2-1 on our last visit to Vicarage Road with Pedro Neto scoring what turned out to be a consolation goal after Doucoure and Deulofeu put them two up. They finished the game with 10 men, but Wolves couldn’t break them down.
Earlier in the season, Wolves won 2-0 at Molineux to get us back on track after another sluggish start. Matt Doherty and a Janmaat own goal gave us the points.
Well done to Matthew Cook, King of the cowshed, Mike Jones, Shready and Sea Pigeon who all correctly predicted a 1-0 defeat to Man Utd and pick up the maximum 3 points.
King of the cowshed and Ash K lead the overall PL table at the end of Gameweek 3.
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Up The Wolves!