Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has backed his side to build on last week’s stunning 5-2 success over Everton when they welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road on Saturday (Watford 12/5, Draw 5/2, Southampton 6/5 – Match Odds).
The Italian decided to return to the Premier League earlier this month in what is his 22nd job across 19 different clubs.
Ranieri was brought back down to earth with a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in his first game in charge, but the Hornets responded in fine style as they beat Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park last time out.
Watford are without Emmanuel Dennis due to suspension this week, while Danny Rose has recovered from a minor calf injury.
Ranieri claims his side need to find more consistency and he has backed his side to come good on home soil this weekend.
He told reporters: “This is my job. To maintain the same balance is very important. I spoke with them after Liverpool. I told them what we did badly, but I also told them we can get better.
“Of course the result was fantastic, and the performance was good. And finally, we won in Everton – Watford have never won in Everton.
“Now I think Southampton will be a very difficult match because I watched a lot of matches about Southampton. They impressed me very much.”
Southampton will be without Armando Broja due to an ankle injury, but James Ward-Prowse is available after completing a three-match ban.
Watford’s clash with the Saints is one of five 15:00 KO’s in the Premier League on Saturday.
Winless Burnley host Brentford (Burnley 17/10, Draw 9/4, Brentford 15/8 – Match Odds) at Turf Moor, with the Bees playing their first game without goalkeeper David Raya, who will miss up to five months of action due to a knee injury.
Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbuemo will need to be assessed ahead of kick-off, while Burnley have no fresh injury concerns.
Liverpool will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Brighton at Anfield. Boss Jurgen Klopp is without Naby Keita and James Milner, while Brighton defender Dan Burn misses out due to a knee injury.
Manchester City continue to breathe down Liverpool’s neck and the Citizens are also in action on Saturday, welcoming Crystal Palace to the Etihad stadium.
Boss Pep Guardiola will take charge of his 200th Premier League match and he has a near fully-fit squad to choose from, but Palace duo Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson continue to watch on from the sidelines.
Chelsea will look to build on last week’s 7-0 success over Norwich when they travel to Newcastle United, but Thomas Tuchel’s side must get the job done without Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, who remain injured (Newcastle 15/2, Draw 4/1, Chelsea 2/5 – Match Odds).
At 17:30, Tottenham host Manchester United, with both Nuno Espirito Santo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under immense pressure to get the victory after some poor results of late (Tottenham 19/10, Draw 13/5, Manchester United 29/20 – Match Odds).