Watford suffered a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat after losing 1-0 away to Swansea City on Monday night, and the Hornets are now five places worse off in the table than they were back in December.
Stark contrast in form
One point amassed from their last five games isn’t the type of form manager Quique Flores has been used to during his stint at the helm this season, and he’ll have also taken note of the lack of goals scored in recent weeks too. Watford had won four on the bounce before their slump in form, but now they are slowly being dragged down in the bottom-half while clubs around them are picking up results.
Back in mid-December, Watford were 7th in the Premier League, above the likes of Stoke City, West Ham United, Everton, Liverpool and Southampton among others. However, now the newly-promoted outfit have been overtaken by the aforementioned trio, and their last win in the division seems a while ago.
Taking their foot off the gas
Given the opposition, Watford can perhaps be excused for coming unstuck to the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, while drawing with Chelsea before the run of defeats came in, but poor performances against Southampton and now Swansea City will have Flores worried that his side already think they are safe.
11 points adrift of the coveted 40-point marker which usually means safety in the Premier League, Watford will surpass the total with four wins from their remaining 16 games. It seems highly unlikely they won’t be a top-flight side next season as a result, but their performance against Swansea had an air of complacency, and now Watford are 4/11 to finish in the bottom-half of the Premier League.
There will be no let-up, however, as Chelsea, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are three of their next four opponents in the division, and are all sure to give the Hornets a torrid time. Watford have done the hardest part in accumulating a strong points tally for the final half of the campaign, but they still have a job to do.
Florest won’t want the side to stumble over the line close to the end of the season. He’s demanding a return to form and big performances to earn a lofty place in the table. Watford have a strong spine to the squad, so there’s little reason why they can’t be one of the sides to secure their place in the division considerably early this season.
Can Quique Flores turn Watford’s form around?