Sunday 4 December 2016

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri prepared for a fired-up Burnley

Published 25/09/2016 | 22:11

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is ready to face Burnley
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is ready to face Burnley

Walter Mazzarri expects Burnley to be fired up for the visit of Watford on Monday night following the Hornets' impressive victory against Manchester United last weekend.

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Watford will head to Turf Moor bidding for a hat-trick of successive victories after they followed up their comeback win at West Ham with a 3-1 triumph over United on Sunday.

Newly-promoted Burnley have won just once - a fine 2-0 victory against Liverpool - on their return to the Premier League. But Mazzarri believes Sean Dyche's side will be raring to go against Watford for the Monday night fixture.

"They are going to be very charged - after we beat Manchester United - and it will be very important for them to win against us," Mazzarri said.

"Maybe they will be a little bit aggressive towards us and I think it is going to be a difficult away game.

"We have big respect for Burnley - they have won against Liverpool - and they have shown they are a strong side. That is what we need to reflect on.

"They won against a big team like Liverpool, so we need to understand how they won and how well they played. It is not going to be an easy away game."

Etienne Capoue put Watford ahead against United last weekend with his fourth goal of the season before Marcus Rashford equalised for United - only for substitute Camilo Zuniga to re-establish Watford's lead. Captain Troy Deeney then completed the victory as he tucked away an injury-time penalty.

"Is it clear that we enjoyed the victory," Mazzarri added. "The boys were very happy and for two days after they were smiling.

"I like them to smile and enjoy themselves, but we have now archived that and we think about the next game."

After what could be considered a tricky start to the season following matches against Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and United, Watford will now face Burnley on Monday night with games against Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Swansea and Hull to follow.

"I am very curious to see where we go mentally," Mazzarri said.

"We will see in the next five games, and we will see if we can continue to grow and improve, especially having won and done well in the first games we have played."

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