Watford v Sunderland: Mazzarri won’t underestimate ‘strong’ Black Cats team

Watford boss Walter Marrazzi (left) and Sunderland manager David Moyes meet up again today
Watford boss Walter Marrazzi (left) and Sunderland manager David Moyes meet up again today
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Manager Walter Mazzarri has warned Watford not to underestimate bottom club Sunderland in today’s Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.

David Moyes’ Black Cats are seven points adrift of safety going into the final 10 matches, while Watford are yet to make themselves safe, sitting in seventh-bottom spot.

“I heard what the Sunderland manager has said about coming to get the three points, but we will be trying to win playing the way I like,” said Italian Mazzarri.

“Sunderland are a strong team. They deserved to win against Burnley (in the recent 0-0 draw) and some weeks ago they beat (Crystal) Palace 4-0. This is a team we can’t underestimate.

“We will give everything, I can guarantee that. The result can depend on some episodes, but we will give everything.”

Watford have seen the promise of the first half of the campaign fade, with Mazzarri’s side having lost three of their last four league matches.

Mazzarri, though, believes there are plenty of reasons for the Hornets’ supporters to be positive as his team aim to finish the season on the front foot.

“If we look at the whole of the Premier League season until today, we are completely in line with our objective,” said the Italian, who took over in the summer.

“What I can tell the fans is that we hope to do better, of course, in the next 10 games.”