Watford have done brilliantly to carry on from where they left off last season. Gianfranco Zola’s men were the top scorers in the Championship last term but were beaten in the play-off final by Crystal Palace.
A heart breaking defeat at Wembley has the potential to knock a team out of their stride. However, Zola and his talented team have not let their focus or confidence be dented and they look very capable of once again challenging for promotion. The Hornets can be backed at 5/1 to win the Championship.
Sunday afternoon’s clash with Nottingham Forest will give punters a fair idea of how far the Hornets can go this season.
The hosts can be backed at 11/10 while Forest are 23/10.
Striker Troy Deeney is key to the Londoners hopes of reaching the promise land.
Zola has played a huge role in the rehabilitation of the former badly behaved striker, who spent 10 months in jail after pleading guilty to the charge of affray in 2012. Since his release Deeney has taken his game to the next level, firing home 20 goals last season as he forged a potent partnership with Matej Vydra.
Vydra has since moved on to West Brom but Deeney has maintained his eye for goal, scoring five goals in three games so far this season, including a ferocious hat trick against Bournemouth in a 5-1 romp.
Watford fans will be having sleepless nights right up until the transfer window closes next week as Premier League clubs such as Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham are all reportedly willing to splash £5 million on the talented striker.
But for now he’s still a Watford player and he’s very capable of firing his side to victory against a Nottingham Forest side that have started the season like a house on fire but may just lack the quality to sustain their run. Deeney is 5/1 to score first.
Forest manager Billy Davies is a master of squeezing every inch of effort out of his players and they have rewarded him with three wins already this term against Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.
This should be a Championship clash that will satisfy the neutrals. Both sides have goals galore throughout their starting elevens.
Classy midfielder Lewis McGugan, who signed for the Hornets after leaving Forest, seems to have found his rhythm again after a couple of inconsistent seasons while Forest star Andy Reid has a magical left foot and is always a danger at this level.
The over 2.5 goals line at 3/4 looks a cracking bet.