Throughout the first half of the season, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo scored regularly and made Watford one of the surprise packages of the season.
At the turn of the year the Hornets were in seventh in the Premier League, thanks to Ighalo’s impressive 14 league goals. Deeney had six at the time but was instrumental in his strike partner’s form.
Since then, though, they have struggled and Watford’s results have suffered. Ighalo has played 13 times in 2016, scoring once in the FA Cup and once in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Deeney has scored three times, twice in a league game against Crystal Palace and once in the FA Cup against Newcastle United.
The form of both of these players has seen Watford plummet to 12th in the Premier League, scoring just five times in 10 Premier League matches and failing to score in seven of their last nine.
In the FA Cup it hasn’t been too much of an issue thanks to Watford’s solid defence. Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have managed to score once in each of their cup matches, helping them find their way past Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Leeds.
Simple to qualify then, isn’t it? Make sure Ighalo and Deeney don’t find form on Sunday and get a goal for ourselves.
That or I’m just tempting fate and they’ll rediscover some form at the Emirates.