Watford are hoping to bounce back from another poor away game when they host Cardiff City at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

2,000 fans will be there to cheer the Hornets on for the first time since February, but who will be in the starting XI?

Here's how we think they will line up:

Formation - 4-4-2

GK: Ben Foster

Given he had nothing to do against Forest, fatigue is unlikely to be much of an issue with the keeper.

RB: Jeremy Ngakia

Pictures on social media have shown Kiko Femenia back in Spain celebrating the birth of his daughter, so I think it is very unlikely he plays. Ngakia has been good enough to warrant another start.

CB - William Troost Ekong

Craig Cathcart's injury means some rotation will be needed in defence. Ekong gets the nod for me ahead of Ben Wilmot.

CB - Christian Kabasele

Vladimir Ivic will want some consistency, so the Belgian is likely to start.

LB - Ken Sema

The Swedish international could be set for a return and, given Femenia's likely absence, may well go straight into the starting XI.

CM - Etienne Capoue

The centre of midfield is in need of some rotation I think and if Capoue's available he has to go straight in, given that Tom Cleverley and Will Hughes aren't likely to be ready to start yet.

CM - Nathaniel Chalobah

In my opinion Garner was the best of the two who played on Wednesday, but Ivic clearly rates Chalobah, so I wouldn't be too surprised to see him in there.

RW - Ismaila Sarr

If he's fit he has to start because of his talent, but Ivic will be asking for a bit more from him than he showed at the City Ground.

LW - Joao Pedro

Domingos Quina looked fatigued when he was substituted on Wednesday night. I think there could be some rotation here.

ST - Troy Deeney

Struggled with a lack of service on Wednesday, but is likely to lead the team out again.

ST - Stipe Perica

Ivic gave Perica and Deeney a bit of a chance towards the end of the game on Wednesday suggesting he may be planning to start them together soon. Could today be that day?

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