Watford vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Vicarage Road hosts its first Premier League match since 2007 on Saturday afternoon as Watford entertain West Bromwich Albion, attempting to build on their promising opening day display.

Having taken the lead twice and gone 2-1 up as late as the 83rd minute, there will be disappointment within the Hornets camp they were unable to hold on for all three points away to Everton, but it was an enterprising performance which evidenced the array of attacking talent they have. It was also impressive given the number of new players and nationalities within the team, as they seemed to have gelled quickly.

Odion Ighalo made a huge impression upon the Championship last term with a fine goalscoring ratio, and he wasted no time in making light of the step-up by scoring an excellent solo goal to stun the Merseyside club. He will be pushing for a start as his side, knowing how important home form is towards their chances of survival, aim for a confidence enhancing victory.

West Brom announced their new record signing on Monday as Zenit St. Petersburg star Salomon Rondon arrived for £12m and was paraded on the Hawthorns pitch before the game against Manchester City on Monday. Unfortunately for the West Midlands side, it turned out to be the highlight of their evening as last season’s runners-up outclassed them from the start to register an easy 3-0 victory.

Manager Tony Pulis was arguably too defensive in his approach, but a bold decision to play with two strikers and one less midfielder backfired. On his debut, Rickie Lambert received very little in the way of service in general play, while Saido Berahino was rarely involved on the attacking front, spending much of the game tracking back against rampant opponents. The Baggies will hope to be a lot more solid here.

Giedrius Arlauskis and Miguel Britos are both suspended for Watford, but they are boosted by the return of Almen Abdi as well as summer signing Steven Berghuis, who could make his debut.

Along with Arsenal loanee Serge Gnabry, Rondon will be given a fitness test to determine whether they can make their West Brom debuts. Gareth McAuley is back following a calf problem.

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