Watford vs Huddersfield preview: David Wagner still seeking first win of season

Huddersfield are hoping to pick up their first win of the season when they travel to Watford on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

David Wagner’s side have picked up just three points from their opening nine matches and are second bottom of the Premier League ahead of the weekend fixtures.

However, the Huddersfield manager insists results have not reflected the performances of his players.

He said: “With this atmosphere and the spirit in our dressing room and the quality in training, you can’t imagine you’re speaking about a team without a win in nine games. We have to keep this mood and the performances on a high level.”

Meanwhile, Watford are seventh, having won five games already this season, but manager Javi Gracia says Saturday’s match is the “most difficult game” for his side.

“For me, it’s the most difficult game we can play in this moment,” he said. “I think Huddersfield are getting worse results than the way they are competing. They are competing well.”

Team news

Watford have doubts over Troy Deeney and Nathaniel Chalobah, who have trained away from the group after picking up respective hamstring and knee injuries.

Gerard Deulofeu, who is continuing his return from injury, and Isaac Success could continue their blossoming partnership following the 2-0 win at Wolves should Deeney miss out.

Sebastian Prodl, Daryl Janmaat and Tom Cleverley are certain absentees but suspended duo Jose Holebas and Christian Kabasele return to the team, leaving Gracia with a selection headache.

Huddersfield’s Ramadan Sobhi (knee) is back in contention for the game after returning to training, but Danny Williams has been ruled out with a knee injury and Rajiv Van La Parra is a doubt through illness.

Terence Kongolo (hamstring) and Tommy Smith (groin) have returned to training and are expected to return for next Monday’s fixture with Fulham.

Merson’s prediction

This is a tough one to call. Huddersfield are not cut adrift yet but have not won in 19 matches. They are due a little bit of luck. Sooner or later they will get some. Plus, their team spirit means they will always have a chance.

Watford are a weird team. They look capable of beating anyone in the league, then get done 4-0 at home to Bournemouth but then breeze past Wolves. I still think they are underrated.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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