Welcome back to another edition of #SoccerSaturdays!
We’ve seen enough drama with the European Super League and now its time to shift the focus to the English Premier League. As the EPL approaches the end of the 2020-21 season, at this time of year we learn about the 3 clubs being promoted to the EPL for next year.
So far, we have learned about the Norwich City FC being promoted back to the EPL, and today, we are learning about the Watford Hornets coming back! Let’s dig into it now.
The Hornets Are Back! – Watford Returns
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) April 24, 2021
Yes, you have read this correctly! The Watford Hornets are coming back to the EPL ready to sting!
In a Saturday afternoon match between Watford and Millwall, the hornets managed to seal the deal and get themselves back to EPL glory. Ismaila Sarr, the man in charge of today’s Watford happiness. An 11th minute penalty shot taking by the Senegal winger proved to be enough to send the Hornets to the EPL as they stand in 2nd place with 88 points.
The intensity in today’s game was absolutely real. Millwall tried to fight back but the hornets knew exactly how to fight back and keep themselves in the game. For Watford, this campaign has been a sensational one.
Watford, under the management of Xisco Munoz has been impressive at home and their top form has been a cornerstone of their promotion bid. Munoz’s boys have been at their absolute best and their best run too at the Vicarage Road since 1977. In addition, today’s victory registers a club record of 18 home triumphs!
In reality, this comeback by Watford to the EPL is strongly deserved. Players like Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney will look to redeem themselves at the EPL next year.
Watford’s history is one to admire and this just adds to it.
A Trip Down Memory Lane…
When I think of Watford, I go back to some amazing memories they have created.
One of my absolute favorite memories goes back to 2013 when Watford vs. Leicester culminated one, if not, the greatest football counterattacks in history. The 2013 season was quite the rollercoaster ride for the Gianfranco Zola led Hornets but played some of their best football in years too.
In 2013, Watford and Leicester would find themselves in the semi-final. Leicester took the lead in the first leg at King Power Stadium winning 1-0 thanks to a David Nugent header. 3 days later, the world witnessed one of the most amazing football moments in current history. Watford would return to Vicarage Road possessed and looking for revenge. 15 minutes into the game, Matej Vydra would put things back into place and smashing a goal past Schmeichel (Leicester GK), Leicester would also score a goal making it 2-1 then. At the 65th minute, it would be Vydra who would even things up after linking up with Troy Deeney. Score would come to a 2-2 aggregate. The rest of this match, well allow me to route you to this sensational video below:
The Greatest Counterattack in History:
What a fantastic moment in their history honestly.
Watford fans, I hope you are all celebrating coming back at the best time possible. At a time, where we all thought European Football was going to end this week thanks to the non-sense of the European Super League Watford returns, and their return is at their strongest ever.
As a Manchester United fan, I am excited to see the euphoria and passion that Vicarage Road brings to the English Premier League and am excited to see Deeney in the EPL. Additionally, as a fan of the sport, your club history is rich and loaded with fantastic moments. Congratulations in your return and looking forward to the 2021/2022 English Premier League season with Watford and Norwich City returning.
Lastly, my prediction for the third team to comeback into EPL and be promoted is for either Bournemouth or Swansea. At 6th place, Swansea showed this year earlier in the FA Cup just how strong they can be. The youth of this team is one to admire and what a Cinderella story that would be for a team that hasn’t been in Premier League action since 2011-2012 season.
~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ on Twitter).
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