First Team 14/06/2018

World Cup Predictions: Sebastian Prödl

The Golden Boys give their World Cup 2018 predictions to watfordfc.com.


Who do you think will win?

Germany. I don’t think any team has won the World Cup two times in a row for a long time, but I think they’ve got the best squad and they’ve got a lot of players available to get this job done. Most importantly I think that mentally they are the best.

Germany's squad is so strong that they left Leroy Sane out

How will England do?

I think better than the last tournaments, but I don’t see them winning the title this year. I can see them going through the group stage, but then they are going to face someone they can’t challenge.

Harry Kane was recently appointed England captain

Who will win the Golden Boot?

This is difficult. They always have to be from a team that goes quite far in the tournament, that’s no surprise, but I think they will be German, or maybe a French player.

France have plenty of talented individuals like Paul Pogba

Who will win the Golden Ball?

I think one player who can do it is Toni Kroos.

Toni Kroos was part of the Germany side that won the 2014 World Cup

Which country could be the surprise package?

I would bet on either an African or a South American team - Egypt, or Peru. I think Salah has played an incredible season, and I think Egypt have some players who compete in the most powerful and best leagues in the world. If he is fit, Salah can help them to get some magical moments.

Mohamed Salah, if fit, will look to continue his fine form in Russia

I also think Peru could be a surprise package because they qualified for the first time in a long time. They have some good individuals. The thing they benefit from most is that they are looking like a unit. I think they believe they are more than capable to compete at the World Cup.

André Carrillo is one of Peru's attacking players heading to the summer tournament
First Team 14/06/2018

Fixtures 2018/19: Seagulls At Home First

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PROVISIONAL FIXTURES

Please note: fixtures dates & midweek kick-off times are subject to change.

OVERVIEW

For the second year in a row, the Hornets will begin their Premier League campaign at Vicarage Road, this time with a home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls' visit on Saturday August 11 is followed by a trip north to Burnley (Saturday August 18), before three home games on the spin against Crystal Palace (Saturday August 25), Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday September 1) and Manchester United (Saturday September 15).

There's a busy home schedule over the Christmas period with Chelsea (Wednesday December 26) and Newcastle United (Saturday December 29) both visitors to The Vic, before a New Year's Day away-day at Bournemouth (Tuesday January 1).

Watford will round off the campaign with a match at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge on the penultimate weekend (Saturday May 4) and a season finale at home to West Ham (Sunday May 12).

BROADCAST DATES

Broadcasters will make their selections for live TV fixtures on the following approximate dates:

August to September: July 6
October to November: August 7
December to January: October 12
February: December 12
March: January 25
April: February 22
May: April 5
(Round 38 matches selected after all clubs have played 37 matches)