Watford season predictions: Hornets will surprise a few, but may face a return to the Championship

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Watford reached the Premier League through a second-placed Championship finish, but do the Hornets have what it takes to beat the drop?

Watford certainly won't bore Premier League spectators upon their return to the top flight.

With Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra - a strike trio that hit 57 league goals between them last season - goals are a certainty, but will the Hornets' attacking armoury prove enough to see them beat the drop?

Prediction: 18th.

Chris Linnell: The Hornets boast a formidable strike force, but I question their ability to compete defensively in the top flight. Despite a surprise change of manager, and a flurry of Italian imports, I foresee a rapid return to the second tier.

Billy Hawkins: Will surprise many people following impressive signings, and the presence of consistent goalscorers.

Michael Stevenson: Ten arrivals this summer whiffs of desperation and there isn’t a standout star among them. An immediate Championship return looks to be on the cards.

Lewis Doe: Have some definite financial weight behind them. A difficult start leading to a change in manager and inconsistency.

Tim Poole: I can see Watford doing really well in stages as a surprise package.

Stephen Pickering: Although goals won’t be a problem for the Hornets, the changes over the summer could potentially derail their survival bid. Quique Flores’ ability as a coach will be the deciding factor. Key player: Troy Deeney

Che Thomas: The Hornets have undoubtedly made the best signings of the promoted clubs, with Sebastien Prodl, Valon Behrami and Etienne Capoue great additions for a new team in the division, but although I have them doing best out of the three that have come up from the Championship, they are the only one that have a new manager. Think they’ll just stay up if they keep their players fit.

Mathew Nash: The Hornets will have a fight on their hands but they have recruited well. If they can stay settled, they should fight off relegation.

Olly Dawes: Some ambitious new signings this summer give Watford a contintental feel, but manager Quique Sanchez Flores will take time to adjust to the Premier League. Should scrape survival with their impressive squad.

Damien Lucas: The only club to have come up from the Championship last season to stay up, the Hornets surprise everyone with Troy Deeney enjoying his first season in the big time and getting an England call-up.

Freddie Shires: The squad will take some time to gel but Quique Flores will eventually get them firing enough to avoid dropping back down to the Championship.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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