28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

FIFA 19: Watford Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

After going through five managers in under three years, Watford look to be hitting their stride in the Premier League. The club are not considered relegation candidates any more after romping into the top half this time around, with the Hornets lying in eighth place in the top flight.

The question is now, can Watford go any further? European football may seem a stretch, but with the top six all jostling for positions, cup success is a realistic possibility. The club did reach the FA Cup semi-finals in 2016, and now with their most talented Premier League squad it is time to take that step.

That’s your task on FIFA 19’s Career Mode, as RealSport gives you all you need to know as you step into the Watford dugout. 

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Team Rating

It’s a four star rating for Watford on FIFA 19, which is made up by a 77 attack, 78 midfield and 77 defence. 


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Watford have used a range of systems this season, with both five at the back and a narrow 4-4-2 used at Vicarage Road under Javi Gracia. Try going for a 4-2-3-1 wide to give you a balance between numbers in midfield as well as hurting teams on the flanks.


Ben Foster (81 GK reflexes) has had a fantastic season in the Watford goal, with the back four made up by Daryl Janmaat, Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas.

PSG target Abdoulaye Doucoure (93 stamina) partners the destructive Etienne Capoue (81 interceptions) in defensive midfield, with Will Hughes operating as the number 10.

Speedster Gerard Deulofeu (94 agility) moves out to the right flank, with the creative Roberto Pereyra (84 ball control) out on the left. Troy Deeney has the task of leading the attack on his own. 

Heurelho Gomes, Adrian Mariappa, Kiko Femenia, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Isaac Success and Andre Gray. 

Tactics and instructions

Watford do have some useful technicians in their side, making it tricky to know how to play on FIFA 19. Your only pace outlet in the starting lineup is Gerard Deulofeu (89 acceleration), so you may have to be patient and build slowly before waiting for that time to strike.

You have that powerful midfield pairing of Abdoulaye Doucoure (83 standing tackle) and Etienne Capoue (80 reactions), and they can enable you to win the ball back in the middle of the park and play the ball into the attacking players.

On the flanks you have the contrasting Roberto Pereyra (84 dribbling) and Deulofeu (88 sprint speed), but they will be the two most influential players going forward. You should drive at players with Pereyra, freeing up space for your teammate, whilst Deulofeu can stretch the opposition even further with his movement. 

As for Troy Deeney (91 strength), he may lack consistency, but his hold up play will be a massive asset to bring teammates into play. 

Your instructions can help you balance out your side and implement your tactics more effectively. Against the bigger teams at least, it may be worth having one of your defensive midfielders sit deeper, so on Abdoulaye Doucoure's attacking support, change it to ‘stay back while attacking’. 

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Gerard Deulofeu is so key to this side with his movement, and you should have his chance creation altered to ‘stay wide’ to stretch the play, and flip his support runs to ‘get in behind’ so he run through on goal. 

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Roberto Pereyra is essentially an attacking midfielder, so have him ‘cut inside’ on chance creation and ‘come short’ on his support runs so he can see more of the ball.

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That frees up space on the left-hand side, so left back Jose Holebas should ‘overlap’ on his run type. 

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To make the most of your training sessions you should use high development players. At Watford these are Isaac Success, Adalberto Penaranda, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Marc Navarro and Adam Masina.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £42 million

Starting wage budget: £115,000 a week


Who should go

Now a club that is well clear of relegation, Watford can now sell off the players who don’t have the quality to push for a top half finish. With three first team right backs on your books, Kiko Femenia can be shown the door, with the Spaniard collecting you around £5 million and freeing up £29,000 a week in your wage budget. 

With a new centre back likely to be on your shopping list, you can sell both Sebastian Prodl and Miguel Britos with the pair collecting you a combined £4.9 million and saving £68,000 a week in wages.

Heurelho Gomes may be your backup goalkeeper, but aged 37, he is in the twilight of his career, if he isn’t retiring try to sell him for £350,000 and free up £20,000 a week in your wage budget. 

Youngsters Joy Muken and Andrew Eleftheriou can also be sold, with the pair fetching you £230,000 and saving £6,000 a week in wages. 


There are three contenders to send out on loan from Vicarage Road this season, with Adalberto Penaranda likely to struggle for first team minutes at the start of the campaign. Perhaps just a short loan for the forward, who will certainly be in your plans come next season.

Lewis Gordon and Ryan Cassidy are still someway off first team action so they can be loaned out for this season and possibly next. 

Who to sign


New transfer budget: £53 million

New wage budget: £238,000 a week

Quality centre half

Centre back is the weakest point of the starting lineup, and you need to bring in some real quality to galvanise the back four.

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Not a man you may know, but it composed at the back is Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi. The 26-year-old has an 80 overall on FIFA 19 which can rise to a potential of 83 with his best stats being his 84 interceptions, 84 sliding tackle and 83 heading accuracy. The Algerian will set you back around £24 million and wages starting at £24,000 a week.


Alternative options

Player Age Club Country OVR POT Cost Wage
Kevin Vogt26HoffenheimGermany8182£20m£37k
German Pezzella27FiorentinaArgentina8082£17m£52k
Inigo Martinez27Athletic BilbaoSpain8081£18m£24k
Nicolas Nkoulou28TorinoCameroon8080£16m£44k

Classy left midfielder

Roberto Pereyra is the silkiest man on your team, so you should move him into the number 10 role. The team will become a lot more balanced if you bring in a conventional winger on the left-hand side.

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Benfica’s Rafa fits the bill, with the 25-year-old able to play on either flank. The Portuguese international starts with an 80 overall which can rise to a potential of 83, with his best stats a 93 sprint speed, 91 acceleration and 89 balance. 

Alternative options

Player Age Club Country OVR POT Cost Wage
Vitolo28Atletico MadridSpain8181£22m£57k
Cristian Tello26Real BetisSpain8080£22m£26k
Diego Perotti29RomaArgentina8080£17m£69k
Ricardo Horta23BragaPortugal7984£24m£14k
Franco Cervi24BenficaArgentina7984£26m£13k


Six players have contracts expiring at the end of the season, and it looks like you won’t be renewing any of them. Heurelho Gomes is likely to be sold at the start of the campaign along with Miguel Britos, so if you fail to ship them they can be released. The same can be said for youngsters Harry Forster, Joy Mukena, Andrew Eleftheriou and Adam Parkes.


Managerial objectives

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With Watford not knowing where they sit in terms of Premier League status, the board objectives do not focus in on any particular area. No tasks have a high importance, with financial marked as medium, for which you will need to increase club worth by 20% over two seasons. Maintain a profit each year, fighting for silverware and bring in big name players to achieve this. 

For brand exposure you must sign a crucial forward and gain £26 million from shirt sales this year, and bringing Benfica’s Rafa should help you achieve both of these. Domestic success has a low importance, and here you will need to finish mid table and reach the FA Cup round of 16.

Lastly, for youth development you must sign a player younger than 20 with a high potential. This must be higher than the current average overall of players in the same position at the club. 


Upsetting the apple cart

Watford may feel closer to being relegation threatened than pushing for European football, but if you feel like Premier League safety will be easily secured, then you may be in a fantastic position to target the cup competitions. There is enough depth there to fight on fronts, and given the strength of the top six, as well as how strong Everton and West Ham are, gunning for a cup may be your best way into Europe.

If you can get fortunate ties in the early rounds, you can then afford to rest players to keep them fresh for the heavyweight cup clashes, with perhaps one or two upsets seeing you reach the EFL or FA Cup final. Watford reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2016, and with a stronger squad these days, you can aim to go even further on FIFA 19 Career Mode.

Full Watford Player Ratings

Players Age Pos Country OVR POT Value Wage
Ben Foster35GKEngland7979£3m£26k
Heurelho Gomes37GKBrazil7676£500k£20k
Pontus Dahlberg19GKSweden6880£1m£4k
Adam Parkes18GKEngland4962£40k£1k
Christian Kabasele27CBBelgium7880£9m£44k
Jose Holebas34LB LWBGreece7878£3m£44k
Daryl Janmaat28RB RWBHolland7777£6m£44k
Kiko Femenia27RB RWB RMSpain7676£5m£39k
Craig Cathcart29CB RBNorthern Ireland7676£5m£41k
Marc Navarro22RBSpain7479£6m£29k
Adam Masina24LBItaly7479£6m£29k
Adrian Mariappa31CB RBJamaica7474£3m£34k
Sebastian Prodl31CBAustria7474£3m£34k
Miguel Britos32CBUruguay7474£3m£34k
Joy Mukena18CBBelgium6073£300k£2k
Lewis Gordon17LBEngland5976£200k£3k
Abdoulaye Doucoure25CDM CMFrance8185£17m£53k
Roberto Pereyra27LM CAM CMArgentina8080£14m£57k
Etienne Capoue29CDM CMFrance7979£9m£51k
Will Hughes23CAM RM CMEngland7783£11m£40k
Nathaniel Chalobah23CDM CMEngland7681£8m£33k
Tom Cleverley28CM CAMEngland7676£7m£44k
Ken Sema24LM RMSweden7173£3m£23k
Domingos Quina18CAM CM CDMPortugal6582£1m£5k
Harry Forster18RM RBEngland5972£200k£3k
Andrew Eleftheriou20RM RBEngland5162£50k£4k
Gerard Deulofeu24CF RW RM LWSpain7982£14m£51k
Troy Deeney30STEngland7878£9m£53k
Andre Gray27STEngland7677£8m£46k
Isaac Success22ST RM LMNigeria7380£5m£33k
Adalberto Penaranda21ST CFVenezuela7381£5m£28k
Ryan Cassidy17STRep. Ireland5676£200k£3k
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