Picking the Best Potential Watford Lineup to Face Bristol City on Saturday

​Watford will host Bristol City at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon in the FA Cup third round.

The Hornets have been in wretched form as their excellent start to the season has soured into string of defeats.

With only one win in nine ​Premier League matches, Marco Silva's side have dropped out of the European spots, but remain firmly in mid-table. Although having scored by far the most in the bottom half, Watford have also conceded the joint second most in the league.

​Bristol City are enjoying a fine season of their own, sitting fourth in the ​Championship, but have suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of leaders Wolves and ​Aston Villa

A season highlight includes a victory over ​Manchester United to advanced into the League Cup semi-finals. 


  • Karnezis

​Marco Silva would be wise to give number one Heurelho Gomes a rest from conceding an exponential growing number of goals. Orestis Karnezis came on as a substitute in the defeat to ​Everton.


  • Mariappa
  • Prödl
  • Kabasele
  • Holebas

​​Watford face a dilemma in risking league form at the expense of a cup run. Sebastian Prodl could return to fill in for Molla Wague, who may be given a break.

Adrian Mariappa could be utilised on thee right to give Daryl Janmaat a rest with Craig Cathcart injured, while Jose Holebas remains fresh for duty.


  • Pereyra
  • Capoue
  • Watson
  • Carrillo

​First and foremost, it is imperative Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison - the two best performers this season - be rested. Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra will be eager to prove their worth after a disappointing season so far.

Andre Carrillo has been excellent of late, albeit featured heavily over the Christmas and New Year period.


  • Gray
  • Deeney

Though no stranger to red cards, the inclusion of Troy Deeney is a calculable risk, as the forward is in dire need of form. Andre Gray could help with muscle up front, though himself is not in good form. 

Either way, options are far and few between for the Hornets. ​