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Match Preview: Watford

Bees host Hornets in only home match of pre-season

27 July 2018

Brentford vs Watford

Pre-season friendly

Griffin Park

Kick-off 3pm

The Opposition

Since their takeover by the Pozzo family in 2012, Watford have gone from strength to strength and have found their feet in the Premier League. Three seasons in the Championship saw a whole host of managers try to get to the top flight, until finally Slavisa Jokanovic pushed them all the way in 2015. Now under the guidance of former Sociedad star Javi Gracia, The Hornets' next challenge will be breaking into the top tier's top ten.

Already this summer, there has been plenty of business at Vicarage Road. Goalkeeper Ben Foster made a return to Hertfordshire from the West Midlands, having previously played in WD18 between 2005-2007. Barcelona product Gerard Deulofeu joins fellow newbie Ken Sema on the wing after the Swede also signed on from Ostersunds. Academy products Dennon Lewis and Charlie Rowan made for the exit, joining Falkirk and Torino respectively. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon signed for Nottingham Forest, and Richarlison made a £40 million move to Everton.

Team News

Rico Henry continues his recovery from an injury he sustained last season and will be missing from action at Griffin Park. Chris Mepham has been back in training this week after a shouder injury he picked up in Germany, and could return to the field for the visit of Watford.

The Manager

Javi Gracia took charge of Watford in January, taking the reins from the outgoing Marco Silva. Prior to that, Gracia had never managed in England before, but had taken control of Spanish teams like Osasuna and Malaga. He started his coaching career in his home country with Villarreal before moving out for a spell in Greece between 2011 and 2012. He returned to Spain to coach Almeria before once again leaving for another European outpost, this time Rubin Kazan in Russia for the 2016-17 season. From there, he then joined Watford.

A holding midfielder in his playing days, he shared most of his competitive appearances between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao in Spain. His other spells included time with U.E. Lleida, Real Valladolid and Cordoba CF. He also had a three-year stint at Villarreal between 1999 and 2002, where he returned to begin coaching one of the youth teams just two years later.

Last Time Out

Now a Watford player, Andre Gray netted the first goal against them back in February 2015 during a Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park. Odion Ighalo then scored a brace in the second half to snatch a win for the away side. Watford would later secure promotion from second place in the table, while Brentford went on to finish fifth before being knocked out by Middlesbrough in the Play-Off Semi-Finals.

Ticket News

Tickets for tomorrow's game are available online or on the day at the Ticket Office. Advance Adult tickets are £12 in the Braemar Road Stand and £10 in the Ealing Road Terrace. Junior tickets (Under 18) are available from just £1, buy online here.

You can also get 50 Ticket Access Points (TAPs) for attending this fixture, although you will need a paper ticket as Brentford Cards will not be activated for this match.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be broadcasting from Griffin Park at 2.30pm with Matchday Live hosted by Mark Burridge. For this game he'll be joined on the gantry by former Brentford and Watford forward Marcus Gayle.

Download the Official Brentford App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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