First Team 28/06/2019

Official: Heurelho’s Here To Stay!

Heurelho Gomes has extended his stay with the Hornets by a further year after agreeing terms on a new contract at Vicarage Road.

The Brazilian goalkeeper, whose previous deal was set to expire this month, has signed a fresh 12-month contract and will now enter his sixth season on Watford’s books.

Since arriving from Tottenham five years ago, the 38-year-old has kept goal 156 times, playing a key part as the Hornets achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2014/15 and picking up the Player of the Season trophy after the club’s first year back in the top-flight.

He was also named Players’ Player of the Season in both 2015/16 and 2016/17 and featured throughout Watford’s historic run to the FA Cup final last term.

First Team 28/06/2019

FPL Preview: 2019/20 Player Prices Released

With the new Premier League season just around the corner, and the Fantasy Premier League player prices now released, we’ve picked five Watford players who bagged over 100 points each in the 2018/19 season who should seriously be considered for your starting XI!

We’ve also selected a couple that could provide some differential value for FPL managers as we head into the 2019/20 campaign.


CENTURIONS

GERARD DEULOFEU – £6.5

Deulofeu’s FPL listing as a midfielder last season made him a firm favourite for managers after his introduction into Javi Gracia’s side playing as a striker.

Partnered with Troy Deeney for much of the season, Deulofeu adapted to life in a more central role with his best Premier League return for goal contributions.

Ten goals – including a hat-trick against Cardiff City – and five assists meant that Deulofeu found his way into the Dream Team three times, with 133 FPL points overall.

However with his FPL position change – now listed a forward – and his new price set at £6.5, time will tell whether he can provide as much value this season as he did last time out.

BEN FOSTER – £5.0

Seven clean sheets don’t really tell the story of Ben Foster’s 2018/19 season. The former England international was the Players’ Player of the Season for Watford, and has now made the most Premier League saves by any goalkeeper (since records began).

With a point gained for every three saves goalkeepers make in a match, Foster earned himself 23 extra points over the campaign.

Racking up 129 points in total, Foster ended the season with 8.5 per cent of FPL managers selecting him for their squad, and the ex-Manchester United keeper could once again prove a shrewd choice in your 15-man squad in 2019/20.

ABDOULAYE DOUCOURÉ – £6.0

The Frenchman is the Hornets' link between defence and attack and he made the most passes at Watford last season with 1,942.

His FPL points return was equally pleasing, with 124 racked up. Five goals and seven assists makes Doucouré a budget choice for your midfield at just £6.0.

With Javi Gracia opting to stick rather than twist most Gameweeks, and with Étienne Capoue preferring to operate in a deeper holding role, Doucouré has the freedom to raid forward and support the attack – something epitomised in his goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season.

That came in a 17-point Double Gameweek performance that also included another goal against Fulham, and a place in the GW32 Dream Team.

ROBERTO PEREYRA – £6.0

Pereyra – joint with Andre Gray – was the most expensive Watford player in FPL last season, which is perhaps a reflection of his early season form when he scored twice against Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day.

He’s a player that has Champions League pedigree – he played in the final for Juventus against Barcelona in 2015.

With that in mind – and with Watford hosting Brighton in Gameweek 1 – if he can remain injury-free and recapture the sort of form that he showed in the first half of last season, he’s a definite contender for your starting XI.

TROY DEENEY – £6.5

The Hornets’ captain is the first name on the team sheet, and provides so much more than just goals and assists. He made it into the Dream Team four times last season, topped the ICT index for the club, and is Watford’s preferred penalty taker, too.

In his four Premier League campaigns with Watford he’s racked up 166, 130, 73 and 116 points respectively, while his price has remained under £7.0 [£6.5].

Always effective in a two-striker formation, his burgeoning partnership with Gerard Deulofeu will hopefully result in more goals for Javi Gracia's side.


DIFFERENTIALS

KIKO FEMENÍA – £4.5

Femenía spent last season battling it out with Daryl Janmaat for the right-back berth at Watford, and as such only secured 66 points over the course of the campaign, but he emerged as Javi Gracia’s first-choice right-back towards the end of the campaign.

The defender is a former winger – he still loves to get forward – and while he isn’t the biggest or the strongest in his position, it is his use of the ball that sets him apart for FPL managers.

When Femenía is on form he very rarely loses the ball, something that is rewarded by the Bonus Points System (BPS).

He was unlucky, in fact, not to pick up more bonus points in the 2018/19 season, as he actually finished the campaign with more than Deeney and Deulofeu – the Hornets’ two top goal-scorers.

JOSÉ HOLEBAS - £5.0

The Greek full-back is something of a cult figure at Vicarage Road, and a bit of an FPL favourite too!

If you can stomach losing points for yellow cards, Holebas is the man for you as he takes the majority of the dead ball situations for Watford. That helped him to notch seven assists last season, while he also got himself on the scoresheet three times.

Some thought that Adam Masina's arrival in July 2018 would see Holebas' playing time diminish, but the 34-year-old went from strength to strength in 2018/19.

He finished with 93 points, but would have been up there with the 100-plus players if not for his 12 yellow cards!