THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Championship's top two have started well

icon champ225 August ~ Ten years ago, Watford's season began with tragedy following the death of Jimmy Davis, who had joined on a season-long loan from Manchester United. They entered their fourth fixture after three straight defeats and having failed to score. It was not a happy time for the fans. So, with that depressing context, excuse us if we get a little carried away with the wonderful start to this campaign. We approach Sunday's game with Nottingham Forest having scored ten goals in our first three games and with a striker in the form of his life.

I'm not sure where Troy Deeney spent his summer holiday but it wouldn't surprise me if he'd had an encounter with the devil and engaged in some form of barter. On current form Deeney only has to look at the ball and it jumps into the net on its own accord. And he's not the only one – our towering new centre-back, Gabriele Angella, already has three to his name.

Life is good for Watford right now. There's an unfamiliar swagger about the club but with results comes expectation. How long before Watford are booed off the pitch because they're not winning 6-0 at half time? Victory is expected at Vicarage Road these days. Even so, Forest will be a proper test.

The visitors have made an even better start to the season than Watford, with a 100 per cent record. Forest were dire last time Watford faced them (a 3-0 victory to the Hornets at the City Ground), but that was during the mercifully brief Alex McLeish era – if indeed you can refer to a debacle like that as an era.

Billy Davies appears to have turned a dejected squad into a unified one and at this level he is a manger whose record deserves respect. But respecting someone isn't the same as liking them, and Davies is not easy to like. His team are likely to do everything they can to interrupt Watford's rhythm, but that's something the Hornets will have to get used to if their early form is maintained. Davies's players would probably be too scared to show their faces at Forest again if they allow Watford sufficient space to enjoy themselves.

One thing is certain, the impressive form of both sides will not go unnoticed in the Sky Sports studio. We may only be four games in but expect a few references to promotion in the pre-match build up. It's far too early for that sort of talk but I can't pretend I'm not excited. Michael Moruzzi @Regista_Michael

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