Woking vs Watford Preview: Hornets set to get pre-season underway

Watford take on National League side Woking at the Laithwaite Community Stadium this Sunday in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.

Woking vs Watford Preview: Hornets set to get pre-season underway
Mazzarri will take charge of the Hornets for the first time this Sunday (Photo: watfordfc.com)

Watford will begin preparations for the new season with a pre-season friendly against National League side Woking.

Walter Mazzarri is set to take charge of his first game as the Hornets’ head coach when he takes his side to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Sunday.

Three friendlies have been announced so far this summer, with games against League Two side Stevenage and Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers set to follow the Woking match.

Sinclair will be looking to make an impact this pre-season (Photo: Getty Images)
Sinclair will be looking to make an impact this pre-season (Photo: Getty Images)

Chance for new signings to impress

Watford have brought in three new signings so far this summer, and Sunday brings a chance for them to impress and get used to playing with the new squad.

Jerome Sinclair, who signed from Liverpool, was the first arrival of the summer, and Christian Kabasele and Isaac Success followed, singing from Genk and Granada respectively.

Success is a highly-rated young forward, who will be looking to make his mark after his big-money move, and what better way to do that then starting with a goal or two on your debut.

The Hornets may not be jetting off to the United States or China for their pre-season tour, but not racking up the air mileage may well be a good thing come the start of the new season.

Woking have a tough pre-season schedule lined up (Photo: Getty Images)
Woking have a tough pre-season schedule lined up (Photo: Getty Images)

Woking set for testing pre-season

Watford are the first side to take on Woking this summer at their Community Stadium, with four other league sides set to arrive in July.

The Hornets headline their pre-season schedule, but games with Leyton Orient, Swindon Town, Luton Town and AFC Wimbledon show that Woking are a club on the rise.

It will be a stern test against the Hornets in their opening match, especially with eight players currently signed on for the Cards.

Manager Gary Hill will evidently be using his friendlies to look at a number of potential signings, including players who have been part of pre-season training so far.

Success is likely to feature in the game on Sunday (Photo: Getty Images)
Success is likely to feature in the game on Sunday (Photo: Getty Images)

Team News

It is likely that Watford’s three new signings will feature in the game with Woking on Sunday, but it is unclear whether Kabasele will due to his involvement with Belgium at Euro 2016.

Gabriele Angella and Jose Manuel Jurado have departed the club this summer, and it is likely that Mazzarri will give youngsters a chance in the three friendly games.

As for Woking, with only eight players under contract, there could be a fair few surprise packages up their sleeve.

Fabio Saraiva and Charlie Penny are two of those players and Cards fans have been eagerly anticipating how they will fit into the side.