Javi Gracia aims to kick start season


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Having started the new campaign with three straight defeats, Watford boss Javi Gracia is looking to use the EFL Cup to kick start their season.

Losses against Brighton, Everton and West Ham have left the Hornets bottom of the Premier League table, the only team without a point.

Last season was the best for the club in the Premier League era, finishing 11th in the table and reaching the FA Cup final. So three straight defeats is a worrying start and Gracia is hopeful that playing League One Coventry in the second round of the EFL Cup can get the side back to winning ways.

He told the Watford Observer: “Every game is a good chance in this moment for us to do better and to feel better, with more confidence. “But we’ll decide what is best because there are some players injured, fit or not fit but with the target to try to win, to try to play well because we need it.

“We need to improve and be more precise and more clinical. But we need to defend better from set-pieces and in all different phases of play we need to improve.”

Gracia will be looking to give some fringe players some time on the pitch at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night with the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Christian Kabasele and Tom Cleverley hoping to get in the side while Danny Welbeck could get his first start since joining in the summer.

Watford are 1.29 to win on Tuesday night with Coventry 9.50. The Hornets are 34.00 to win the EFL Cup with Manchester City 4.50.

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