Predicting how Watford will fare this season: can Mazzarri shine?

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri before the match

After a successful first year back in the division, Watford are aiming to avoid second season syndrome under new manager Walter Mazzarri.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri before the matchWatford manager Walter Mazzarri before the match

Following the surprise departure of Quique Sanchez Flores, Watford fans were left scratching their heads as to why the Spaniard allowed to leave after they secured Premier League survival as well as an FA Cup semi-final under his tutelage. Despite this, they'll be hoping for another strong campaign this year under the guidance of new manager Mazzarri.

Premier League

The main focus will clearly be to avoid dropping down to the Championship, and with such an experienced manager and a squad who now know what it takes to stay up, this can be expected. A poor start to the league won't prove to be too much of a worry, considering they've played Arsenal, Chelsea & Southampton and still managed to score in every game.

Troy Deeney celebrates after scoring the third goal for WatfordTroy Deeney celebrates after scoring the third goal for Watford

The signings of Isaac Success and Roberto Pereyra show the intent that this side has, and with a couple of strong results under their belt in order to gain confidence, they could easily secure survival this year.

Prediction: 15th

F.A Cup

After a strong showing in the competition last season, Watford will be eager to get another taste of Wembley after falling at the semi-final hurdle last time round. They're a side that nobody will want to face, as their strong squad coupled with the fact that teams will know they have the ability to beat bigger sides is a huge asset.

Another appearance in the final four could well be on the cards, and Mazzarri will definitely want to try and bring silverware to Vicarage Road in his first season.

Prediction: Semi-finals

Watford fans before the matchWatford fans before the match

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