First Team 28/06/2019

FPL Preview: 2019/20 Player Prices Released

With the new Premier League season just around the corner, and the Fantasy Premier League player prices now released, we’ve picked five Watford players who bagged over 100 points each in the 2018/19 season who should seriously be considered for your starting XI!

We’ve also selected a couple that could provide some differential value for FPL managers as we head into the 2019/20 campaign.



Deulofeu’s FPL listing as a midfielder last season made him a firm favourite for managers after his introduction into Javi Gracia’s side playing as a striker.

Partnered with Troy Deeney for much of the season, Deulofeu adapted to life in a more central role with his best Premier League return for goal contributions.

Ten goals – including a hat-trick against Cardiff City – and five assists meant that Deulofeu found his way into the Dream Team three times, with 133 FPL points overall.

However with his FPL position change – now listed a forward – and his new price set at £6.5, time will tell whether he can provide as much value this season as he did last time out.


Seven clean sheets don’t really tell the story of Ben Foster’s 2018/19 season. The former England international was the Players’ Player of the Season for Watford, and has now made the most Premier League saves by any goalkeeper (since records began).

With a point gained for every three saves goalkeepers make in a match, Foster earned himself 23 extra points over the campaign.

Racking up 129 points in total, Foster ended the season with 8.5 per cent of FPL managers selecting him for their squad, and the ex-Manchester United keeper could once again prove a shrewd choice in your 15-man squad in 2019/20.


The Frenchman is the Hornets' link between defence and attack and he made the most passes at Watford last season with 1,942.

His FPL points return was equally pleasing, with 124 racked up. Five goals and seven assists makes Doucouré a budget choice for your midfield at just £6.0.

With Javi Gracia opting to stick rather than twist most Gameweeks, and with Étienne Capoue preferring to operate in a deeper holding role, Doucouré has the freedom to raid forward and support the attack – something epitomised in his goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season.

That came in a 17-point Double Gameweek performance that also included another goal against Fulham, and a place in the GW32 Dream Team.


Pereyra – joint with Andre Gray – was the most expensive Watford player in FPL last season, which is perhaps a reflection of his early season form when he scored twice against Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day.

He’s a player that has Champions League pedigree – he played in the final for Juventus against Barcelona in 2015.

With that in mind – and with Watford hosting Brighton in Gameweek 1 – if he can remain injury-free and recapture the sort of form that he showed in the first half of last season, he’s a definite contender for your starting XI.


The Hornets’ captain is the first name on the team sheet, and provides so much more than just goals and assists. He made it into the Dream Team four times last season, topped the ICT index for the club, and is Watford’s preferred penalty taker, too.

In his four Premier League campaigns with Watford he’s racked up 166, 130, 73 and 116 points respectively, while his price has remained under £7.0 [£6.5].

Always effective in a two-striker formation, his burgeoning partnership with Gerard Deulofeu will hopefully result in more goals for Javi Gracia's side.



Femenía spent last season battling it out with Daryl Janmaat for the right-back berth at Watford, and as such only secured 66 points over the course of the campaign, but he emerged as Javi Gracia’s first-choice right-back towards the end of the campaign.

The defender is a former winger – he still loves to get forward – and while he isn’t the biggest or the strongest in his position, it is his use of the ball that sets him apart for FPL managers.

When Femenía is on form he very rarely loses the ball, something that is rewarded by the Bonus Points System (BPS).

He was unlucky, in fact, not to pick up more bonus points in the 2018/19 season, as he actually finished the campaign with more than Deeney and Deulofeu – the Hornets’ two top goal-scorers.


The Greek full-back is something of a cult figure at Vicarage Road, and a bit of an FPL favourite too!

If you can stomach losing points for yellow cards, Holebas is the man for you as he takes the majority of the dead ball situations for Watford. That helped him to notch seven assists last season, while he also got himself on the scoresheet three times.

Some thought that Adam Masina's arrival in July 2018 would see Holebas' playing time diminish, but the 34-year-old went from strength to strength in 2018/19.

He finished with 93 points, but would have been up there with the 100-plus players if not for his 12 yellow cards!

Ladies 27/06/2019

Maloney: “It Shows How Far Women’s Football Has Come”

The Watford FC Ladies players have been enjoying some time off from the rigours of training and playing in recent weeks.

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup currently in full flow just over the English Channel, our very own Danielle Maloney has been fully immersed in following the Lionesses' journey over in France.

Maloney - a member of the Golden Girls' Under-23 squad - spoke to about her World Cup experiences so far.

“The atmosphere in France has been incredible, a real feel-good place to be inside and outside the grounds. There’s a lot of banter going between sets of fans, especially for the Scotland game. The fans are all mixed inside the ground and rather than causing problems, it actually makes for an even better mood and the chants are going back and forth between the supporters.

“The weather has been incredible, which for the fans is great, but I can imagine the players are finding it tough to play in. The results keep coming though so they’re not doing too badly!

“One of the best things to see and hear is the young girls walking around in the England Women’s shirts with the likes of Kirby and Parris on their backs. The chants for the team and Phil are sung all the time and everyone knows the words. It's worlds away from World Cups in the past and it shows how far women’s football has come.

“The Lionesses are doing us all proud and it’s amazing that we were walking around Nice and able to go over to some of the players and have photos. It’s something that makes the women’s game quite unique and one thing that I hope doesn’t change.

“The whole experience has made me so excited to get back to pre-season with the team and get back on the pitch. I think the whole nation has been inspired and I think the further England go, the more interest and excitement will be generated, which is brilliant for the future. Fingers crossed they can get the job done against Norway tonight.

“Come on you Lionesses!”

Having taken in the wins against Scotland and Cameroon, our roving reporter has headed back over to France for the quarter-final tie against Norway, so stay tuned for more!