27/10/2017

Britos | “I Expect A Tough Game”

Miguel Britos believes Saturday’s game with Stoke City will be a tough clash, however the centre-half thinks playing at Vicarage Road in front of a home crowd will give the Golden Boys an advantage. 

Watford will be looking for their first victory at home over the Potters since January 2006, a Chris Eagles goal the difference that day, and Britos believes the Hornets need to follow up their victory last time out at home against Arsenal with another one this weekend. 

“I expect a tough game, they need the points as well,” said Britos.

“We have a big advantage playing at home, so we have to win and try to take these three points.”

The dressing room might understandably still be reflecting on the loss to champions Chelsea last weekend, but the Uruguayan feels the Hornets can take a lot of positives from the heartbreak at Stamford Bridge. 

Roberto Pereyra’s strike put the Golden Boys 2-1 up just four minutes into the second-half. It was a lead Watford held for most of the half before late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and a double from Michy Batshuayi sealed the victory for Chelsea.  

“I think we could have won. We gave them a lot of problems and had two or three more chances to score. Everyone was a bit sad and angry because of the way we lost, but this is football,” he said.

Nonetheless, the squad are certainly taking a lot of belief from their efforts last Saturday.

“The positive thing is that we showed we can beat anyone if we play in our way,” Britos continued.

Saturday’s game with Stoke will see Watford come up against a different type of opposition compared to their last two games with Arsenal and Chelsea, and Britos believes the physical qualities of teams in the Premier League are unique to English football. 

“The intensity [in the Premier League] is the highest compared to all the other football leagues. There are big, physical players which makes it hard. It's very physical,” he said.

Whether you’re playing against a team chasing the title or one further down the table, Britos is firmly of the belief there are no easy games in English football, unlike in other countries. 

“It’s not easy, every game is a big challenge and this is the difference between the leagues. Barcelona or Real Madrid will play against a small team and 99 per cent of the time they will win. Here in England every game is 50/50,” he said.

Watch the full Premier League Productions interview with Britos above - free to view, no sign-up required.


Saturday is our final home game before Remembrance Day, so we’ll be honouring those who have lost their lives in the line of duty with a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off.

The players’ shirts will be emblazoned with the poppy emblem, and you too can show your support with a poppy pin badge featuring the Watford FC club crest, available in-store and online at thehornetsshop.co.uk for £3 (all proceeds to the Royal British Legion).

27/10/2017

Team News | Stoke City

Roberto Pereyra is out of Saturday's match with Stoke City but Marco Silva has allayed fears the playmaker could be out for a prolonged period.

Pereyra limped off midway through the second-half of Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Chelsea, just at the point he was repeatedly unlocking the Chelsea defence with his silky movement and perceptive passing in that purple patch the Golden Boys enjoyed just after half-time. 

The fear was he had damaged the troublesome knee he required surgery on late last year but the Argentine has, it turns out, tweaked his hamstring. The news comes as a relief but it's still a blow that the Hornets will be without a player who was just hitting top form again.

"We had a problem with Roberto in the last match," said Head Coach Marco Silva.

"He's out for Saturday. I can't say to you 100 per cent sure [he will be fit to face Everton] but we hope."

Silva has gently eased Pereyra back into action following his long lay-off and Saturday's game was just his second start since his comeback.

He'd just started to go through his repertoire in that pocket of space behind the main striker, with one first-half flick around the corner completely bamboozling David Luiz.

He also took his goal, only his third in a Watford shirt, with the coolness of a seasoned marksman.

"He will be a big miss to us," said Silva, "just like some of the others. He came in, did very well in the last game again and we hope if not for the next match [against Everton] then after the break he is available."

The loss of Pereyra could well lead to a recall to the starting XI for André Carrillo, while Will Hughes will be pushing hard to make the bench for the third time this season. The summer signing from Derby was a travelling reserve on Saturday.

Sebastian Prödl and Younès Kaboul, meanwhile, are still sidelined. 

"We believe in the next few days and even a week that they will start to do full training with the team," said Silva. 

Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart remain long-term absentees with knee injuries. 

Watch the full Silva press conference at the top of the article.


Saturday is our final home game before Remembrance Day, so we’ll be honouring those who have lost their lives in the line of duty with a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off.

The players’ shirts will be emblazoned with the poppy emblem, and you too can show your support with a poppy pin badge featuring the Watford FC club crest, available in-store and online at thehornetsshop.co.uk for £3 (all proceeds to the Royal British Legion).