Watford have become dark horses for Europe next season

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What a season it has been for those at Vicarage Road as Watford find themselves seventh in the Premier League heading into the Christmas period.

The Hornets spectacularly defeated Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with a resounding 3-0 scoreline in their last game as striker Odion Ighalo scored his 12th goal of the season.

Performances like these have quickly helped quell any fear of relegation among the fans and some might even be aspiring for a place in Europe next season as Watford continue to defy expectations.


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Although manager Quique Sanchez Flores has played down the club’s European ambitions but a top six finish might actually be possible if they continue to play the same way.

The Liverpool victory hasn’t just been a flash in the pan for the Hornets as they have already notched up away victories against Newcastle and Stoke City.

Currently on a four-match winning streak in the league, Sanchez Flores’ men next travel to Stamford Bridge where they might be hoping to get at least a point considering Chelsea's recent woes.

With sides in and around them like West Ham and Everton dropping points, Ighalo and co. will surely look to seize the moment and make a serious challenge for a Europa League spot.

Last weekend also saw all three of the newly promoted sides- Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich pick up victories in the league which goes to show how competitive and talented the sides from the Championship have become.

A story that has largely gone unnoticed is that of the Watford defence, which have now managed to keep three consecutive clean sheets.

While Ighalo and Troy Deeney have been the focus for most of the media, the defensive duo of Craig Cathcart and Miguel Britos have quietly gone about their business and have developed a brilliant partnership together - something that will only benefit the club in the future.

While many might initially rule out any chance of European football due to their inexperienced squad and shortage of big names, six of the starting 11 against Liverpool have played in European competitions previously.

Watford have the right balance of youth and experience and that could be a telling factor in determining their fate come the end of the season.

Quique Sanchez Flores is definitely building a legacy for himself and his Watford side are definitely dark horses for Europa league qualification next season.

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Troy Deeney
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