Watford are going to be relegated from the Premier League this season, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has told talkSPORT.
The Hornets were humiliated by Manchester City, losing 8-0 at the Etihad Stadium, leaving them rock bottom of the table.
To make matters worse, the incredible scoreline now leaves them with a -14 goal difference – nine worse than the nearest total of -5, belonging to Norwich City.
The club have already sacked manager Javi Gracia and brought in ex-boss Quique Sanchez Flores to try and bring the side back to life.
It hasn’t gone well so far, although there were at least sparks of promise against a faltering Arsenal side.
But Cascarino believes their showing when visiting the current Premier League champions has proved they will almost certainly be one of the three team demoted to the Championship in May.
“They are down already,” he said on the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “They are going to get relegated.
“Etienne Capoue and Gerard Deulofeu were poor. Then Abdoulaye Doucoure alongside Capoue in midfield. The way they played last year, they are a shadow of that team with those two in front of that back-four.
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“Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva ran the show yesterday.
“Every time they got on the ball they had very little pressure. No one got near to them [if you do that] you’re going to get beaten by six or seven and they ended up losing by eight.
“But Watford, if they don’t start competing, they cannot win football matches and they’re going to get hammered a lot.
“As much as we praised them last season, if you take your foot off the pedal and you don’t compete, [you] are going to get battered.”
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