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FPL promoted picks: Start Watford defence at home

The Scout 11 Jun 2021
Sierralta and Bachmann, Watford

The Scout on why Francisco Sierralta and Daniel Bachmann could be Hornets' best Fantasy picks

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League prospects of the three promoted sides in defence and attack.

Watford

The Hornets return to the Premier League as the Championship runners-up thanks to a series of strong defensive displays.

Their totals of 23 clean sheets and 30 goals conceded were both the best records in the division.

The appointment of Xisco Munoz as Watford head coach midway through 2020/21 helped to transform their prospects.

Watford's defensive improvement
  Home Away
Before Munoz Under Munoz Before Munoz Under Munoz
Matches 10 13 10 13
Goals conceded 9 3 6 12
Clean sheets 3 11 5 4

They conceded only three goals in 13 home matches under the Spaniard, claiming 11 clean sheets.

By comparison, they let in nine goals in 10 home encounters prior to his arrival, keeping out their opponents on only three occasions.

Watford’s defence were less reliable on the road, though, conceding 12 goals in 13 outings for Munoz and recording four clean sheets.

No 1 pick

In goal Daniel Bachmann appears to have ousted Ben Foster as Watford’s No 1.

The Austrian made all 23 of his starts under Munoz and was named in the first XI for all but three of the Spaniard’s matches in charge.

Right-back Kiko Femenia was the Hornets’ standout defender in terms of attacking returns, supplying four assists in 37 outings.

Sierralta appeal

However, like Bachmann, Francisco Sierralta emerged as a regular after the appointment of Munoz.

Although he only netted once, the centre-back boasted the greatest goal threat from defence.

His 18 shots and 14 shots in the box ranked top among Watford’s backline in 2020/21.

Furthermore, his 169 clearances, blocks and interceptions was a team-leading total, despite only playing three minutes across their first 19 matches.

Defensive double-up?

Sierralta’s potential for returns at both ends of the pitch could give him the edge as Watford’s best defender in Fantasy, with save points lifting Bachmann’s appeal as a source of value between the posts.

Pairing them with other budget-friendly players and picking them in favourable home matches looks the best tactic for the campaign ahead.

Also in this series

Part 1: Aarons shows all-round promise
Part 2: Time for another Pukki party?
Part 4: Sarr flying high for Watford
Part 5: Pinnock can provide value
Part 6: Toney can be this season’s Bamford

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