Watford host Stoke City in the Carabao Cup at Vicarage Road tonight as they look to build on their 3-1 win over Norwich at the weekend.
The Hornets picked up their second Premier League win of the campaign as they beat the Canaries at Carrow Road, with Emmanuel Dennis scoring the opener before a brace from Ismaila Sarr sealed the three points.
They now come up against Championship side Stoke as they attempt to progress through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
How many changes will Xisco make from Saturday? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make six changes to the team which won at Norwich, with Daniel Bachmann, Jeremy Ngakia, Adam Masina, Christian Kabasele, Imran Louza and Ashley Fletcher all coming into the line-up.
As you may expect with a cup game, we are predicting that Xisco will make a change between the sticks. Foster came in against Norwich and helped Watford to victory, but we believe he will now be axed so that Bachmann can have some minutes in goal against Stoke. He could have the chance to show Munoz that maybe he should be starting ahead of the veteran Englishman in the league.
In the defence, we are predicting that Ngakia, Kabasele and Masina will come in. This is simply a case of rotation for Munoz to offer some of the fringe players more minutes, whilst resting the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Danny Rose and Kiko Femenia. Munoz can see how they do against Stoke and then decide whether or not they deserve more playing time in the Premier League in the coming weeks.
Summer signing Louza started in the previous round of the cup and we are predicting that he will take Juraj Kucka’s place in the midfield. The Moroccan recorded a 7.0 SofaScore rating against Crystal Palace as he made three tackles and two interceptions, which is why he deserves his place in the starting line-up as he performed well when called upon that night.
Finally, we are predicting one change to the potent front three against Norwich. Munoz could keep Dennis and Sarr in the side to help them continue their positive momentum, whilst Ashley Fletcher may come in for Josh King at centre-forward. We published an article explaining why the ex-Middlesbrough forward should be given a starting berth in the number nine role tonight.