FA Cup

Who Should Gracia Name In His First Watford Side?

 • by Adam Newson
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Javi Gracia takes charge of his first Watford game this weekend and the Spaniard gets an immediate taste of the FA Cup as he takes the Hornets to Southampton in round four.

Watford, who sacked Marco Silva last week after a dramatic downturn in results, eased past Bristol City in round three despite making several changes to their starting XI.

Gracia, however, is likely to name a strong side as he looks to get his Hornets tenure off to a winning start. The Spaniard prefers to set his side up in a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation and it’ll be intriguing to see if he continues that trend at Watford.

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