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Whilst Cardiff City continue to find their form, Watford hope to regain even a little of what spurred them on to a strong start to the Premier League campaign.
On Saturday at Vicarage Road, Cardiff will try to build on their latest victory and record their first road win of the season, whilst looking to extend Watford's winless stretch to seven games.
Though Cardiff (4-2-10) won't be challenging the big boys for the top prize in the league, they are no longer the club that toiled in the relegation zone for most of the first-half of the season. Since winning their first top-flight match on Oct. 20, the Bluebirds are 4-0-4. Not an eye-catching mark, but certainly progress considering how things started in their return to the Premier League.
They'll try again to record consecutive league victories for the first time this term following last weekend's 1-0 victory over Southampton. Callum Paterson's goal in the 74th minute was good enough to send Cardiff to a third consecutive home triumph, and leave the squad 14th in the table.
"The lads were very happy with the result," keeper Neil Etheridge told Cardiff's official website. "Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward."
That could mean finally earning a victory away from Wales.
Cardiff are 0-1-6 on the road in the league this season, and have been outscored 13-3 during their current five-game losing streak away from home.
The good news for the Bluebirds, perhaps, is that Watford (6-3-7) are trying to avoid a third straight league home defeat whilst looking to end their overall 0-2-4 Premier League rut that dates to back-to-back wins over Wolves and Huddersfield Town on Oct. 20 and 27, respectively.
The Hornets opened this campaign with four consecutive victories - three coming at Vicarage Road. However, they are 1-0-4 at home since then. Granted, three of those defeats came at the hands of Manchester United, current league leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City.
Watford did end an overall three-game losing streak by drawing Everton 2-2 at Goodison Park on Monday, but were left devastated when the Toffees' Lucas Digne converted a curling free-kick in the late stages of second-half stoppage time to snatch the three points away from the visitors. After Everton led on 15 minutes and maintained the 1-0 advantage into the break, the Hornets awoke in the second half as Seamus Coleman equalised in the 63rd minute and Abdoulaye Doucoure put them ahead two minutes later.However, Watford were unable to make it stand as the cruel ending awaited.
"We were upset," talented young midfielder Domingos Quina told Watford's official website. "We worked hard and wanted to get the win. But we've just got to learn from this and move on to the next one."
The result has Watford 12th in the table, but one point out of the top half.
"It was frustrating, but we continue," Hornets manager Javi Gracia said. "We are keeping a good level, and if we keep playing this way, I am sure we will get better results in the future."
These sides last met whilst playing in the 2014-15 Championship season.
Updated December 13, 2018