Watford vs Middlesbrough – The Hornets finished in the19th position of the Premier League last season, while Boro finished in 17th place in the second division. Which team will start the Championship better?
As it was already expected, Nigel Pearson was fired from the club at the end of last season, and it was inevitable that Watford would hire a new coach for his place, so it seems that a new era is starting for the club.
The chosen one was Vladimir Ivic, a coach who had some success at PAOK and Maccabi Tel Aviv, and for this reason the Hornets fans feel somewhat optimistic, as they expect to have a successful season and return to the higher step of English football.
The team has hired some players such as Jeremy Ngakia, Stipe Perica and Glenn Murray, amongst others, and Ivic certainly hopes that his squad will live up to their expectations, as everything indicates that this may happen.
The coach was a little excited after winning against the Tottenham Hotspurs in the pre-season, and now he will be focused on trying to get the best of his Friday opponents.
Everything points out that Andre Gray, Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney will be out of this game due to injury, which could lead Murray to start in attack.
As things stand for Middlesbrough, who have been unable to hire players in order to replace several experienced players who have left the Riverside Stadium, Neil Warnock certainly feels some concern.
However, after a pre-season win against Newcastle United and another 4-3 win over Shrewsbury Town for the EFL Cup, the veteran coach is getting more excited to work with this group of players from now on.
Warnock will certainly want to make a better season than last year, but the expectations regarding a place in the playoffs are low.
It feels like Warnock’s main concern is about his defense, but he will want to continue to take the best of Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga in the attack of his team.
This duo has already scored several goals since their arrival in June, and the team’s success can depend a lot on them. The Middlesbrough coach should not make many changes compared to the team that started against Shrewsbury.
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Watford vs Middlesbrough – Prediction:
Although Boro won their last competitive game, they were far from convincing. Considering this, I’m believing that the home team can start this season with a victory.
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