Date: 27th November 2017 at 6:40pm
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Watford head coach Marco Silva has tried to temper expectations at Vicarage Road as we go into the midweek tie with Manchester United.

Hosting the side on home soil following another solid win last weekend against Newcastle United, Silva knows that we are well placed in the division but ultimately the aim remains securing our Premier League status for next season before we consider anything else this year.

With that said he admitted that he was relishing the chance to take victory over United this midweek.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game, Silva said feet had to be kept on the floor until we reached 40 points and only then would he recalibrate his expectations and that’s what he wanted everyone else to do.

Sitting in eighth place though only a win away from Tottenham in fifth place and having taken our biggest ever Premier League win, and largest since 1986 when Graham Taylor saw us put five past Chelsea has certainly got tongues wagging. As has other things, like our best start to a Premier League campaign and having already scored as many away goals as we did in the entirety of last season – with one more win to boost.

‘Our aim and goal is still to remain a Premier League club. This is our goal since the first moment. We haven’t won anything until now. It’s only 13 games. The moment we achieve 40 points I can talk about other things.’

He is obviously delighted with how we’ve performed and started the year so far, he just wants to keep taking it one game at a time.

‘I am happy with how we work to compete and compete really hard. We try to win every match, this is our way. We took important points but we need to keep focus and keep our feet on the floor. We don’t change anything until now. We play always with the same confidence; we play to score and to win the match, home or away. This is our way, our philosophy. We have very good numbers so far and even when we didn’t achieve the best results against Chelsea and Everton, we performed well. It’s really good numbers for us. I am happy with what we are doing. We need to keep going and work really hard. If we do that, we can achieve good results.’

In terms of team news ahead of the game, Miguel Britos will be given until today to prove his fitness having been substituted early on in the second half against Newcastle.

‘The situation with Britos we will keep open. He is still in doubt. We’ll see. I’m not sure if he’s able to play. We have one more session tomorrow, one more session to prepare for the match and then we will take the decision.’

If Britos is ruled out, Sebastian Prodl will likely make his first start since late August.

‘He’s improving his physical condition. It’s been two months without competition, two months without training with the team. It’s hard. He’s improving and played almost 45 minutes against Newcastle. That’s good for him.’

Skipper Troy Deeney returns following his suspension.

‘He comes back after the ban and is available if I take the decision for him to stay in the squad. If I decide for him to stay in the squad, he’s one more player to help us.’

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