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How Watford’s strikers could fire them to automatic promotion

Watford’s comeback success against Leeds United made it 11 wins in 15 in the Championship, and all three of their strikers are in fine form.

To get promoted from the Championship, you need a great deal of squad depth combined with a super-prolific strike-force.

This means that Slavisa Jokanovic’s Watford, who have had four different managers already this season, have all the tools to mount a serious automatic promotion push in the final two months of the campaign.

Their 3-2 comeback win over Leeds United on Saturday could prove to be a crucial result in the battle to reach the Premier League.

Derby County and Middlesbrough, who currently occupy the two automatic promotion spots, both lost tricky away games but Jokanovic’s men were able to win despite being 2-0 down within the opening half an hour at Elland Road.

The victory saw Watford move to within one point of second-placed Boro and catapulted them above Bournemouth, who were held to a stalemate at home to Blackburn Rovers.

If the Hornets were to continue their excellent run, which began at the start of December, they would owe much to their three-pronged strike-force which has delivered constantly in front of goal.

Their top scorer is Odion Ighalo, who missed the win at Leeds, with 17 goals but 13 of his strikes have come in 2015 alone. It is no coincidence that his purple patch has seen Watford move tantalising close to the top two positions in the Championship.

Ighalo has been aided by the ever-consistent Troy Deeney, who has chipped in with 14 goals, and Saturday’s match-winner, Matej Vydra, whose brace saw him move into double figures for the campaign.

Deeney and Vydra were Watford’s pairing when they went all the way to the play-off fnal in 2013, only to lose to Crystal Palace, and they were electric again against Leeds. Add the clinical and energetic Ighalo into the equation this time around and they have probably the most dangerous attack in the whole division.

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