With a number of players out with injuries and in-doubt for Watford's upcoming fixtures, manager Walter Mazzarri may have to hand a number of debuts to fringe players and utilise substitutes to rest key players against Burton Albion.
The Hornets are much in need of a victory to work as a confidence boost going forward in the season and as they face a struggling Burton Albion side, the opportunity arises. Watford are currently sitting 14th in the Premier League whereas Burton are struggling at the bottom end of the Sky Bet Championship, in 21st place.
So here is how Mazzarri could line-up his Watford side for the clash on Saturday...
Mazzarri confirmed earlier in the week that regular goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will miss the clash due to sickness, and Costel Pantilimon will take his place in goal. He's a more than worthy replacement for the Brazilian.
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Keeping in mind that many clubs use cup matches to rest key players, Mazzarri could hand opportunities to Brice Dja Djedje and Christian Kabasele to rest Sebastian Prodl and Miguel Britos.
A start will be Dja Djedje's debut for Watford and Kabasele's chance to break into the first team consistently. Partnering them in the centre is club captain Younes Kaboul, who will work as a leader for his young defenders providing stability and experience in the back line.
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Picking a midfield lineup for this tie could come as a difficult task for Mazzarri, with so many midfielders on the shelf with injuries.
Fringe players Abdoulaye Doucouré and Juan Carlos Paredes could enter the midfield frame out wide as they look to earn their positions in the Hornets starting squad.
Pairing these two in the centre of the park is solid duo Étienne Capoue and Adlène Guedioura as Mazzarri's list of replacement central midfielders is virtually non-existent.
The Hornets' boss confirmed that Odion Ighalo would be starting for Watford against Burton Albion in the pre-match press conference.
Alongside him could make for an interesting trio. Former Liverpool player and future prospect Jerome Sinclair could be called up and needs to use these rare starting opportunities to prove to Mazzarri that he is a player to keep in his future plans.
On the other side of Ighalo could be Stefano Okaka, as the Italian looks to become a regular member of Watford's starting XI. This also gives Troy Deeney a chance to rest up.