Watford took a step closer to automatic promotion by beating Birmingham City 3-0 on Saturday and extending their lead over third-placed Swansea City to six points.
There is still a fair way to go in the Championship season and the Swans do have a game in hand over Xisco Munoz’s side but there’s no doubt the Vicarage Road outfit are in a positive place at the moment.
As we head into the international break, we’ve pulled together all the latest Hornets news…
Daniel Bachmann warns against complacency
Bachmann has been a key figure for the Hornets recently, helping them win nine of their last 10 Championship games and keeping five clean sheets in that period.
Speaking after the 3-0 win against the Blues, the Austrian goalkeeper urged against complacency despite Watford’s strong position in the table.
He told the club website: “It doesn’t matter what other teams do. If we keep winning that’s great and that’s what we’re trying to achieve, but it’s too early to get excited and think about promotion because that means we’re losing focus.
“We just have to look at the next game against Sheffield Wednesday in two weeks and getting the three points then.”
Former Watford boss emerges as potential Chris Wilder successor
With Wilder’s tenure at Sheffield United over, attention has turned to who could become his permanent replacement at Bramall Lane.
According to The Sun, ex-Hornets manager Slaviša Jokanović is on their radar.
The Blades look set for relegation from the Premier League this term and the Serbian has experience of winning promotion from the Championship, having done it with Watford and Fulham.
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Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer earmarks Hornets for promotion
Watford’s win over the Blues on Saturday was comprehensive and the man in the opposite dugout certainly seems to have been impressed by Munoz’s side.
Speaking to the Watford Observer after the game, Bowyer backed the Hornets to win promotion this term.
He said: “Watford have come down from the Premier League and you can tell the difference. For me, they are going straight back up.
“You could tell the difference in every aspect of their game, particularly the physicality of their defending and the way they defended their box.”
Munoz provides double injury update
Adam Masina was forced off with a back injury in Saturday’s game but the Watford boss has been quick to ease fears about the defender.
Speaking to the Watford Observer, he said: “He had a little pain in the back and so I asked after the game, he told me it’s nothing important.
“I don’t know if he was tired or not. But I think it is nothing important.”
He also revealed that he planned to be cautious with Christian Kabasele, hence his absence this weekend.