Three months after football in UK was postponed due to coronavirus, the Premier League is due to return next Wednesday.
With such a short run-in to the resumption of the season, many players could be lacking in match fitness and Watford are hoping to arrange a friendly fixture this weekend to prepare for competitive football.
According to the Watford Observer, the Hornets are going to play their first game at Vicarage Road since February to prepare for their first Premier League game after the enforced break, which sees them host Leicester City on Saturday 20 June.
The opponents for Saturday’s proposed friendly have not been announced but, whoever it may be, Watford will hope they can get a victory to give the squad a much-need morale boost in their fight for Premier League survival.
A behind-closed-doors friendly is exactly what the Hornets need to prepare them for a very different Premier League, as fans will not be allowed at any games. The friendly will enable the squad to become accustomed to the potentially eerie atmosphere and also probably give them a realisation that this is what football will be like for the foreseeable future.
As well as this, it will be good to see them come up against opposition from another club rather than simply staging an in-house match, as this should give a different feel to the training games that they have played in their preparations for the season’s return.
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