Cup semi-final will be on Flores’ mind for West Brom clash

Date published: Friday 15th April 2016 2:38

Quique Sanchez Flores is ready to tinker with his Watford side for Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Brom.

The Watford boss has not seen the Hornets win in their last six league games and there is an FA Cup semi-final with Crystal Palace to come next weekend.

Both factors have contributed to Flores admitting he may look to make alterations at the Hawthorns – with another away game at West Ham before Sunday’s Wembley showdown with Palace.

“I think it is the first time during the season that we need to think seriously in two matches at West Brom and West Ham in terms of choosing players,” he said.

“We need to think because we have to play two in the Premier League and then we have a very serious match in the FA Cup.

“We have a lot of players, in the last we change three, four or five players in every match and try to show the players that they all have a good opportunity. A lot of players have got to play.”

The likes of Nathan Ake, Allan Nyom and Nordin Amrabat could earn recalls if Flores does intend to mix things up.

Six games without a victory has left Watford looking over their shoulder for the first time this season.

Two more points would move Flores’ side on to 40 points and all-but guarantee them a second campaign in the top flight.

But Flores knows picking up those points against the Baggies will not be an easy task.

“West Brom we respect them a lot, we need to try and choose the right teams,” he added.

“This is the first match of the week, we are in this process so West Brom is a very tough game.

“In their stadium they are really strong, they use the long ball very well and the set pieces.

“They have three players playing well in attack in Saido Berahino, Solomon Rondon and Stephane Sessegnon so we need to take care of West Brom.

“I think they suffered a lot a few years ago. With Pulis the team is consistent and is a stable team. They look well during the season – it is not easy to win against West Brom.”

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