Down to the final few, here is our FPL Watford preview! To begin with we look at how Watford performed last season. We then look at Watford’s new signings and see whether any of them offer any FPL value. Of course this is followed by looking at their entire squad. Finally we analyse Watford’s fixtures to begin the Premier League season. Team news (predicted lineups) will be available very soon and when it is you’ll be able to find it here: FPL Team News.
FPL Watford Preview – Team Performance
|Finishing Position: 14th|
Watford comfortably maintained their Premier League status for another season. Naturally the bulk of their points came at home but comparatively their home form was only slightly better. Watford’s 44 goals scored was average in last season’s Premier League. The 64 goals they conceded was not though. Including relegated teams only West Ham and Stoke conceded more.
FPL Watford Preview – Players
- Ben Foster, goalkeeper – £4.5m
- Adam Misina, defence – £4.5m
- Marc Navarro, defence – £4.5m
- Ken Sema, midfield – £5.0m
- Gerard Deulofeu, midfield – £5.5m
New goalkeeper Ben Foster is expected to go straight into the starting lineup. Over the last two seasons he averaged 118 points. In a Watford shirt he will likely score a lot of save points. The main question will be whether he can turn them into clean sheets though. Gerard Deulofeu is a known FPL commodity due to his time at Everton and the fact he has played for Barcelona. His form is rather sporadic but when he is playing well and Watford have a good run of fixtures he might provide a good differential option at £5.5m.
FPL Watford Preview – Best Value Players
Defensive midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was Watford’s top goal scorer last season! On top of that he provided the most assists also. He started last season at a bargain price of £5.0m. Not a lot of FPL managers would have predicted Doucoure’s attacking output to be that fruitful but those who did reaped the benefits. This season he has understandably been given a price increase to £6.0m. Among midfielders and forwards, even with this price increase, he is still the 3rd best value player in FPL. That is based on the rather large assumption he can replicate his goals and assists from last season though, a tough ask.
Jose Holebas was able to match Doucoure for number of assists provided, four. The attacking left back, although a defender, is often one of Watford’s primary sources of chances created. Marvin Zeegelaar did start ahead of him during the middle part of the season but it is Holebas who looks most likely to start the season. New signing Adam Misina also plays either at left back or left midfield and will provide competition for that starting left back role.
Watford start the season with arguably the best fixture in the Premier League based on last season’s home and away table. They host Brighton who had the worst away record in the Premier League. The following two Gameweeks see them face relatively decent fixtures in the form of Burnley (a) and Crystal Palace (H). From there however their fixtures get tougher. Between Gameweeks 4 and 7 they face top 6 opposition three times with an away trip to Fulham sandwiched in-between being their only respite.