Watford captain Troy Deeney has told the club's official website that his side need to be wary of relegated Aston Villa because the bottom club's players will be looking to perform well in an attempt to earn a move back into the Premier League.
The Hornets take on the Midlands club at Vicarage Road on Saturday morning looking to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final heartbreak by securing just a second win in the last eight league matches.
Villa have looked rudderless and spineless for the majority of the season, winning just three times as they suffered a first relegation in nearly three decades.
Birmingham City fan and former Villa trainee Deeney was clearly delighted to score the decisive goal as the Hornets beat old side in the reverse fixture earlier this season, but has admitted his disappointment at seeing the club's fate.
However, he insisted that the beleaguered side will pose a threat to his team as their players will be looking to pull out all the stops to earn a Premier League move this summer.
Deeney told the Watford website: "I want to make sure we win, not because of the rivalry, but because we need it. It’s winnable but we have to be careful.
"It’s a trial for them because they can showcase themselves and try and get a move back into the Premier League, because with the greatest respect to the Championship, the Premier League is the best league in the world so everyone wants to be in it."
Last season's promoted side host this season's bottom club at Vicarage Road tomorrow afternoon.