Five Key Matches
v Southampton (A) on August 14
The opening day is important for all teams but even more so Watford, who then go on to face Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United.
v Burnley (A) on September 25
After a tough month to start the campaign, Mazzarri's men visit Turf Moor and likely needing a win.
v Stoke City (H) on November 27
In a run of winnable games, Watford host Stoke City in a clash that could start a season-defining period.
v Middlesbrough (H) on January 15
Newly-promoted Boro visit Vicarage Road – Watford's only home game of the month.
v Crystal Palace (A) on March 19
Palace is likely to be similarly placed to Watford, making this clash late in the season an important one.
SBS Host Lucy Zelic's Prediction: 14th
Watford performed admirably last season, after being promoted, with a 13th place finish and duly forked out a club record fee for young Nigerian forward Isaac Success. It will be interesting to see how Dustin Hoffman-lookalike Walter Mazzarri handles his first job outside his native Italy.