Norwich City’s Sebastien Bassong in the know for Watford trip
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Watford's evolution since promotion has been stark – but Sebastien Bassong has a few tips for how Norwich City can stop their familiar threats on Saturday.
The Hornets secured automatic promotion from the Championship ahead of the Canaries last season, despite City winning both fixtures 3-0.
Since then Watford have brought in Quique Flores as manager, overhauled their squad and flipped from the free-scoring second-tier success story to a side that's already kept five clean sheets in the Premier League.
In fact, they have conceded just six goals in seven home games – five coming in defeats to Arsenal (3) and Manchester United (2).
At the other end of the pitch, the threat is obvious – Watford's 15 goals owe much to the strike duo of Odion Ighalo (8) and captain Troy Deeney (4). Only two others have scored, while Alan Hutton's own goal helped Watford secure victory at bottom side Aston Villa on Saturday.
Ighalo and Deeney were prolific last season too – something Bassong experienced at close quarters during his three-month loan spell at Vicarage Road, ahead of his Norwich rehabilitation under Alex Neil.
'It'll be a good game, no? They are players I know,' laughed Bassong. 'There have been some big changes. I think they brought in 15 players and 10 different nationalities in the summer, and they've gelled. So they've done that really quickly.
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'But there are a lot of players at Watford I still know and yes, they've got a good team. I enjoyed playing with them and they are successful at the moment, so I'm glad for them.
'Odion and Troy, I know them well. They are scoring goals and they've got a great understanding, so I've got a few tips to try to stop them.'
Having faced trips to Chelsea and Manchester City in their previous two Premier League away games, the importance of Norwich's trip to a fellow promoted side currently six points ahead of them in the table, won't be lost on City.
'The point (at home to Arsenal) sets us up well for Saturday, confidence-wise,' added Bassong. 'Our last two games have been against Chelsea and Arsenal, so that's two big teams and I think we've managed the games pretty well, so let's see for next week.
'I know I won't go into the home dressing room there because I've already been back last year with Norwich and we beat them – so hopefully it will be the same this season. We'll see.'