Paul Lambert may not have been the most inspiring candidate Stoke could have picked as their new boss but he should be able to steady the ship and they can claim all three points against a struggling Watford this evening.
The Potters downed Huddersfield 2-0 in the Scot’s first match in charge and a home tie against the Hornets represents a great chance to make it two wins in two games for Lambert.
Watford also have a new manager in Javi Gracia but it may take him a little longer to improve their form, particularly on the road.
The Hornets have lost their last six away games in all competitions, scoring just twice during that time, and they could be heading for another loss this evening.
Stoke’s home form has not been the problem this season as they have managed five wins and two draws in 12 matches so far.
The hosts also have no major injury concerns but the same cannot be said for Watford, who could have as many as nine players missing for this midweek clash.
The Potters have struggled for clean sheets this season but defensive organisation will have been one of Lambert’s top priorities and with Watford struggling for goals on their travels the home side may well be able to keep a shut-out today.