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This time last year: Watford

Watford made a record breaking start to this Premier League campaign, winning all four of their opening matches.

One of those victories was against fellow high-flyers Tottenham at Vicarage Road, and saw The Hornets firmly placed in the top four. Fans were buoyant, praising new manager Javi Gracia and players like Roberto Pereyra, who had made a terrific start to the season.

Since then, the club have hit a bit of a slump, failing to win in their last four league games, and they have begun a slow descent down the table, where they now sit in ninth.

What will be more worrying is looking at where they were this time last year.

After eight games last season, and a brilliant victory against Arsenal, Marco Silva’s Watford side were sat in fourth, ahead of champions Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

In a very similar fashion to this season, fans were praising their manager Silva, hailing him as one of the up-and-coming managers in Europe.

However, a very poor December saw the team slump to tenth place in the league come January 2nd. A winless January in the league saw the club sack the once-hailed Silva, after speculation over him joining Everton.

A slightly more encouraging February, with three wins, preceded a poor end to the season, where they only managed to win one more game. After a start with much promise, they finished in 14th place, only eight points ahead of relegated Swansea.

Let this be a warning to Watford fans, despite the jubilation this season, the club looked much better at this point last year. However, a worrying slump followed, which left the club stranded. Had they not amassed the points at the beginning of the season, they could well have been in a relegation battle.

Watford have made a bright start to this season, but they must stop the rot after a five match winless streak in all competitions. If history tells them anything, it can go from bad to much worse.

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