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Watford fans will certainly have fond memories of last season’s meeting between the two sides, as it produced their club’s first win against United since 1986. The Hornets struck twice late on to beat their opponents 3-1 early in the season, and they’ll certainly be hoping that a revitalised and impressive Watford side can muster up a similar performance this evening.

The performance against the Magpies was arguably Watford’s best of the season so far, setting them up perfectly for tonight’s game. While the Hornets thoroughly impressed in a 2-1 win against Arsenal last month, they have struggled defensively against top-six sides this season, with Liverpool, City and Chelsea managing to fire a combined total of 13 goals past them across just three games.

As for Watford, their excellent start to the campaign continues to go on, and they find themselves comfortably in eighth place heading into this evening’s big clash. It looked as if their early season promise might have come to an end when they lost three consecutive Premier League games, but they showed great grit and determination to bounce back with confident wins against both West Ham United and Newcastle United.

United went close to dropping 10 points behind City – a gap that, even with just over a third of the season completed, would have been disastrous – when they took on Brighton & Hove Albion on the weekend, but…

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