2017/18 saw Watford FC make their best ever start to a Premier League season and while their stay in the top four turned out to be a relatively brief one, the Hornets should be looking to enjoy a more productive campaign this time around.
They have an open style of play which makes them attractive to the live TV Broadcasters and wherever the cameras go, bookies will follow with a choice of price boosts and new customer offers.
The club was formed as long ago as 1881 and at that point they were known as Watford Rovers. Later they would be known as West Hertfordshire and as a non-league side they started to achieve some notable success in their native county.
After the First World War, the club would become known simply as ‘Watford’ and in 1920 they joined the Football League for the very first time. Football between the wars was quite an unproductive period for the club and in the early 1950s they faced the prospect of dropping back into non-league football.
Promotion out of the second division finally came at the end of the 1968/69 season and the club made it to the top tier by finishing as runners up in the old second division in 1981/82. Since then, they have been a bit of a ‘yo-yo’ side, alternating between that top tier and the second level but after this positive start under Marco Silva, fans will hope that they will remain in the Premier League for many seasons to come.
That promotion to the old first division in 1981/82 was the start of a Golden Era for Watford fans under manager Graham Taylor and the Chairmanship of Elton John. The club finished runners up in that division in 1982/83 and a year later they went down to Watford in the final of the FA Cup.
Top players such as Maurice Johnson were attracted to Vicarage Road and the club also competed on the European stage at this time. Although they have yet to win a major trophy, the 1980’s are looked back on with great fondness as a time when Watford FC could really compete with the elite clubs in English football.
Here is a chart of Watford’s progress in domestic competitions over the last few seasons:
|Season||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2017/18||14th||Round of 16||2nd Round|
|2015/16||13th||Semi Finals||2nd Round|
|2014/15||2nd in Championship, promoted to Premier League||3rd Round||2nd Round|
Aside from that FA Cup semi final appearance in 2015/16 those are fairly modest returns but for a club of Watford’s size and stature, the first aim is to preserve their place in the Premier league. They’ve done precisely that so the next target for Javi Gracia and his team is to improve and not get involved in a relegation battle from this point onwards.
Things began to look positive at the start of 2017/18 but while form dipped, Watford eventually finished 14th and rarely looked like going down. The question now is, how far can this current side go?
Troy Deeney is Watford’s captain and their best known player and he’s been at the heart of some of the club’s best wins in the Premier League. Deeney scored in his side’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the start of the 2017/18 season but only went on to register five goals across the season and that record really needs to improve.
It is possible that Troy Deeney may be the subject of some price boosts. We’ve seen many of the bookmakers list enhanced odds deals for a striker to score anytime and if these promos focus on Watford, Deeney is the most likely recipient.
At the back, Heurelho Gomes is a very experienced keeper and the club has worked well to shore up a leaky defence by completing the signing of Daryl Janmaat from Newcastle. The best signing in 2017 was Brazilian Richarlison but his impressive displays led to a summer 2018 move to Everton. That leaves midfielders Gerard Deulofeu and Will Hughes as the men under pressure to supply ammunition for Deeney up front.
Fans will be looking to a positive period for the Hornets and we will look to bring you all of the best enhanced odds deals for Watford FC as they land throughout the season.