Preview: Watford vs Sunderland

Watford will be massive favourites to beat bottom-placed Sunderland in their Premier League clash at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Hornets, who have not been in the best form themselves, have failed to win in their last four league matches, dating back to the 11 February.

They currently occupy 14th place on the table, and are two points behind Southampton in 10th place, but the doom and gloom of relegation has long set in for visitors Sunderland, with the club currently seven points adrift of safety with 10 games to play.

The Black Cats have not won a game since beating Crystal Palace 4-0 in early February and as a result have fallen closer to the dreaded drop.

Some consolation for the side from the North East of England will be that they have one of the league's most potent goal-scorers in Jermain Defoe, who has netted 14 times in the league this term.

Manager David Moyes is positive that their fanatical support base can still keep them up, saying: "I think Sunderland supporters have been through it all before, and they would turn around and tell you that changing manager is not the right way – the club has tried that. 

"I think they have seen that it has not worked, and the club has had to look to try something else. But when you're not winning, you get the criticism that goes with it."

In team news, the home side have major doubts over the fitness of Ben Watson (groin), Mauro Zarate (knee) while Valon Behrami will have a late check to see if he has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Lee Cattermole, Victor Anichebe and Jan Kirchoff are major concerns for Sunderland while Steven Pienaar will have a late test on a calf strain.