There is a clear favourite heading into Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, but Watford don’t mind.
Facing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, nobody is expecting Quique Sanchez Flores’ men to win, but that should suit them.
Throughout the season, the Hornets have managed to trouble a number of ‘bigger’ teams with their solid structure and god work ethic. Combining a good defence with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, they always have a chance.
“We have had some of the big teams in trouble this season and that is what we will be looking to do again,” centre-back Sebastian Prödl said looking ahead to the match.
Watford beat Liverpool earlier this season and were unlucky to lose to Manchester City and Manchester United. A 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road was earned against Chelsea, and even though the Gunners won 3-0 there it took a long time to break the Hornets down. No wonder Prödl isn’t fazed by Sunday’s match.
“The way we have played we have deserved some wins against the big teams. We want to show how we have developed and it would be great to get to Wembley.
“Against the big teams you have to be more concentrated. They can always score. If you do a lot of work during the game and are close to drawing, you have to be more focused at the end.”
Far be it from me to look down on defensive football, but Watford may well play for a draw and fancy their chances of beating a tired and rotated Arsenal side in a replay at Vicarage Road. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that.