The Spaniard clinched his first win at the third attempt, thrashing champions Chelsea 4-1 at Vicarage Road on Monday evening in front of the Sky cameras to get his reign up and running in the best possible fashion.
A trip to the London Stadium represents a more modest assignment but, with the top seven and the relegation zone both six points away, the Hornets need to build on victory over the Blues and re-discover some consistency.
Gracia was limited in his options for the visit of Chelsea with a whopping 11 players unavailable through injury. One bit of good news is that skipper Troy Deeney has – miraculously – avoided a ban for an offensive gesture aimed at Chelsea fans after scoring on Monday.
However, the Hornets are still without Heurelho Gomes (back), Christian Kabasele (hamstring), Younès Kaboul (metatarsal), Miguel Britos (foot), Craig Cathcart (knee), Tommie Hoban (ACL), Kiko Femenía (hamstring), Tom Cleverley (hamstring), Will Hughes (hamstring) and Nathaniel Chalobah (knee).
Centre-back Molla Wagué (hamstring) is also sidelined but has been left out of Watford’s 25-man squad for the second half of the season.
That injury list will severely restrict Gracia’s options once more and the Spaniard will have to continue with left-back José Holebas at centre-half with Marvin Zeegelaar ahead of him at left wing-back.
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