Watford boss Javi Gracia believes that his teams trip away to Cardiff tomorrow (February 22) will be a “difficult and demanding” game as the home side “are in their best moment of the season”.
The 7.45pm kick-off will see Cardiff going into the game off the back of two consecutive wins against Bournemouth and Southampton, which is a run of form matched by Gracia’s side.
Watford have only lost twice in 2019, both against top six sides Chelsea and Tottenham.
Gracia said: “In the last 10 games we have only lost two games, the results are good but we have to be demanding to keep our level until the end of the season.
“I know how difficult it will be for us to win on Friday as they are in their best moment of the season because they won two games. I know Cardiff need the points, but I have convinced my players that we need the points aswell.
“Cardiff have changed something in the team, they have a lot of balance and now they are competing better in the games.”
Gracia was also boosted with the news that Pereyra and Success are available for tomorrows clash.
Talking about the recent death of Cardiff striker, Emiliano Sala, Gracia believes that his Cardiff counterpart, Neil Warnock, will get his side through this difficult time because of his long time experience in the game.
He added: “I am sure that he will have to manage a difficult situation at the minute but his experience and his quality will help him to solve it.
“This season there where two very difficult moments for Leicester and Cardiff. We try to be very respectful with them because you don’t want anybody to suffer these things. But after all of that, we have to compete with them. We have to be our best in that game and after the game you can empathise with them again as they need our support.”
Watford travel to the Cardiff City Stadium tomorrow night and a win will see them climb above seventh place Wolves with 40 points.
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