Selection consistency key for Adrian Mariappa


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Adrian Mariappa believes sticking with a winning formula can help Watford continue their push up the table.

The defender made his 250th start for the club in last weekend’s 1-0 win over West Brom and seems to have established himself under Javi Gracia.

Miguel Britos, Craig Cathcart and Younes Kaboul have stood in his way in recent seasons but he has looked at home in the back four and appears in no mood to let his place go.

Mariappa has also spent time at Reading and Crystal Palace during his career but playing for Watford remains his passion, having first joined the club as a nine-year-old.

No more cup football means the Hornets only have to think about one game a week, meaning rotation is no longer a necessity.

With his side sat ninth in the Premier League, the 31-year-old believes sticking to a winning formula can help push them further up the table over their remaining nine games.

“If there is one game a week we don’t need to rest players,” he told the Watford Observer.

“Obviously it is very individual and that is for the management and staff to look at.

“I played my younger days in the Championship and you play a lot more games. One game a week means everyone should be fit and raring to go.”

Sunday sees Watford travel to the Emirates to take on an embattled Arsenal side.

The Hornets won in north London last season and are 6.50 to repeat the trick, with the draw 4.33 and the Gunners the 1.53 favourites.

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