Sunderland won’t underestimate the threat posed by Watford – but David Moyes insists it is a game they have to win.
The Black Cats are four points adrift of safety heading into today’s game at the Stadium of Light after the midweek defeat to Chelsea.
“It is a game we have to win and I will try and do that,” said Moyes.
“Against the likes of Chelsea it is a bit harder but against Watford we have to try and find a way of winning.
“We won’t underestimate them.
“They are strong and powerful.
“We know we will be in a tough game, they are a big team and set pieces will be a big problem for us.”
The home form has been steady in recent weeks with victories over Hull City and Leicester City before the spirited 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Moyes added: “Our home form hasn’t been bad recently, a couple of home wins and a decent performance against Chelsea.
“We want to show it again.
“It is a game we have to take to Watford and show we can get three points from the game.”
Didier Ndong is back from a one-game suspension and is likely to go straight back into the Sunderland side.
Moyes’ midfield options are limited given injuries to Jan Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole and Paddy McNair.
Watford will be missing attacking midfielder Roberto Pereyra along with Northern Ireland international Craig Cathcart.
Valon Behrami will return from illness, while Troy Deeney is set to return to the starting line-up, as is Younes Kaboul, against his old club, having missed the past three Hornets fixtures with a calf strain.