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VIDEO: How Gracia’s Hornets have upset the elite

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Despite losing narrowly to Manchester United at the weekend, Watford have enjoyed an impressive start to their first full Premier League season under Javi Gracia.

The Spaniard has guided his side to four wins from their first five games, which has prompted much discussion about just how high the Hornets can finish in the top flight this term.

At the end of last season, the Three Minute Myths team looked to compare the differences between Gracia and his predecessor, Marco Silva. However, we found the Spaniard had changed very little after taking over at Vicarage Road in January.

But after Watford’s blistering start to the 2018/19 campaign we saw reason to re-open the investigation.

Fans at Vicarage Road were confident their side could launch an assault on the top six, but our data science team recognised the difficulty in drawing conclusions from a sample size of just five games.

What they did find, however, was that Watford’s style has changed significantly over the summer. Clearly, Gracia has had time to implement his methods during the off-season and it appears that – so far – they are working well.