​A lot has been made about Watford's start to the Premier League season, as they went 11 (yes, eleven) games without a victory before securing a 2-0 away win at Norwich before the international break.

You would think, therefore, that everything this season has been pretty negative for the Hornets. Ah, but you're wrong. 

True, more things have been negative than positive but there is still light at the end of the tunnel for the Hertfordshire club. 

Ben Foster

The Hornets currently sit 18th in the table following that first win. It is a huge decline from this time last season and Quique Sanchez Flores has quite the job on his hands to steer the club away from a relegation battle.

Here are two positives and three negatives from Watford's start to the Premier League season.

Negative: Set for a Relegation Scrap

It can't be denied - Watford's season so far has been a huge shock. They're sat in 18th and have been rooted to the foot of the table for most of the season so far.

Craig Dawson

This is a team that finished 11th last season, went to the FA Cup final and have been a Premier League mainstay for five seasons now. Yet, their awful form under ex-manager Javi Gracia has left them in this predicament​.

They're going to be in a relegation dog-fight whether they like it or not. Eight points after 12 games is relegation form - and they need more wins soon to pull them out of the bottom three.

Positive: But They're Not Bottom...

There is a positive from ​Watford being 18th and that's the fact that they're not bottom anymore - having leapfrogged Norwich and ​Southampton.

Kelly Cates,Gerard Deulofeu,Gary Neville

Given that they've won only once all season it is somewhat surprising that the Hornets aren't still 20th. This is arguably testament to the amount of decent draws they've had - like the 1-1 away at Tottenham and a 2-2 comeback against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

The Yellows will hope their stay at the bottom of the league is now over.​

Negative: Goals? Anyone?...

The league's lowest scorers and the only team not to have reached double figures in the Premier League this season. Watford have scored a total of eight goals all season...Manchester City scored eight against them in one game alone.​

Gerard Deulofeu

Prior to the Norwich game, none of Watford's squad had scored more than once all season. That, thankfully, changed as both Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray moved onto two goals for the season.

Still, come on lads, eight goals all season?

Positive: Return of Quique Sanchez Flores

Yes, Javi Gracia got Watford to the FA Cup final and 11th in the table but do you know how bad Watford were at the end of last season? No? Well they only managed to beat relegated duo Huddersfield and Fulham in the last nine Premier League games.

Quique Sanchez Flores

Flores was brought in to replace Gracia, whose tactics were simply not working. 

The returning Spaniard changed the formation and the tactics at Watford and slowly they are working, evidenced by the win over Norwich and the away draw at Tottenham.

The Spaniard comfortably kept a much worse Watford side up in their return season to the Premier League back in 2015/16. It bodes well for the club that they have him back at the helm.​

Negative: A Fall From Gracia

As has been mentioned a few times, this Watford team ​went to the FA Cup final last season and pushed for Europa League spot before falling away at the end of the season. They eventually finished 11th and many predicted them to do the same this season.


That, simply, has not happened. Last season's top performers like Abdoulaye Doucouré and Roberto Pereyra seemed shellshocked after the thrashing in the FA Cup final and that has continued into this season.

Reaching that FA Cup final might have been the worse thing to happen to Watford...