Watford begin their Carabao Cup campaign with a fixture against Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night, a game which should allow Xisco Munoz to play some of his younger or fringe players.
After a superb opening day 3-2 win against Aston Villa, the Hornets were brought back down to earth with a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Brighton last weekend, and they will need to put in a much-improved performance if they are to progress against the Eagles.
Patrick Vieira’s side have failed to score in their opening two games but picked up a point against Brentford last time out, so they could pose a threat at Vicarage Road.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Xisco to line up his side tonight, with seven changes from the team which started against Brighton last time out…
Although Daniel Bachmann has established himself as the first-choice at Watford, Premier League veteran Ben Foster is a more than adequate backup and he gets the nod for this one.
There are three changes in defence, as Francisco Sierralta makes his first start of the season at centre-back, with Jeremy Ngakia returning to the team at right-back in place of Craig Cathcart, who looked unconvincing against Brighton. Danny Rose also comes in for his first appearance since his summer move to Vicarage Road, taking the place of Adam Masina.
Injury problems and a lack of squad depth mean that Xisco keeps the midfield trio of Peter Etebo, Imran Louza and Tom Cleverley for tonight’s game.
Finally, it’s all change in attack, as Cucho Hernandez and Josh King both start after coming off the bench on Saturday, whilst Kwadwo Baah makes his first appearance in a Watford shirt against his former club, with the 18-year-old having impressed enough in training to earn a spot on the bench against Brighton.