Champions League semi-finalists Ajax and Premier League 2019 outfit Watford lock horns in a very friendly which is able to be command at the lesser-known SaalfeldenArena.
The Dutch champions have already participated in 3 matches since the squad came back from their summer vacations.
An emphatic 11-2 drubbing of fourth-tier fast 1920 preceded a 1-1 draw with Danish Superliga facet Aalborg Bk,
followed additional recently by a slim 2-1 success over metropolis Basaksehir.
For Ajax, 2018/19 was nothing wanting an memorable campaign, because the Godenzonen romped to the domestic double by securing each the Eredivisie
and KNVB Cup titles in addition as reaching the semi-finals of Europe’s premier cup competition wherever they were stunningly eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur.
However, with variety of key performers from last season not at the club — most notably Frenkie de writer and Matthijs de Light,
who departed for FC Barcelona and Juventus severally — another year of that magnitude of success could also be arduous to return by.
Meanwhile, this is often wherever pre-season begins for Watford and head coach Javi Gracia.
Their last outing dates back to precisely 2 months past — the emphatic fa final defeat to Manchester town, result aside,
was the top of an interesting campaign for the Hornets, who achieved their best ever Premier League position and points come on high of their cup exploits.
Ajax vs Watford Team News
The only obvious fitness concern for Ajax is provided by 20-year recent striker Hassane Bandé, who may be a future traveler thanks to a leg bone fracture.
Out of the twenty eight players flown intent on Austria, 10 Hag is anticipated to field a reasonably sturdy facet here, in what’s arguably his squad’s sternest pre-season challenge so far.
Meanwhile, Gracia won’t be ready to decision upon Venezuelan tike Adalberto Peñaranda who is sick from a hamstring injury
and is unlikely to risk Domingos Quina — recently came back from a spell on the sidelines thanks to a separated shoulder —
however is anticipated at hand valuable minutes to the remainder of his first-team players.
It is conjointly price noting that, with simply each day between the encounters with Ajax and Leverkusen,
the Hornets can doubtless field 2 line ups of comparable strength however completely different personnel in either fixture.
Ajax vs Watford Predicted XIs
Ajax — Varela; Veltman, Schuurs, Blind, Dest; van de Beek, Eiting, Schöne; Promes, Dolberg, Labyad.
Watford — Bachmann; Janmaat, Dawson, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Capoue; Hughes, Sema; Deeney, Gray.
How you can follow Ajax vs Watford pre-season friendly of the summer
Ajax vs Watford kicks off at 17:00 pm BST. The match will be shown live on MUTV in the UK, though an MUTV subscription is required.
WFCTV is available on TV on Sky (418) and Virgin (526), as can be stream online as well as via the club’s app.
NewGersy Sport will have full coverage of the match, with James Robson running our LIVE blog in Perth.
Ajax vs Watford
5:00pm Thursday 18th July
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden Arena