Watford and Norwich City may be near the bottom of the Premier League, but both of these clubs can claim to be on a run of form.

Whether that means they 're at the start of one, or in the middle, or coming towards the end, is a moot point, given that Norwich ’ s current sequence is one win in a row, while Watford are on a one-draw tear-up.

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Watford and Claudio Ranieri both have reasons for feeling bullish.

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Watford get the Premier League's weekend action underway when they host relegation rivals Norwich City at Vicarage Road Just one point separates the teams heading into the game but with Watford having two games in hand it is vital for the Canaries to at least avoid defeat to keep their top flight survival hopes alive.

Ranieri replaced Xisco Munoz, who played under him at Valencia, despite the Spaniard having guided Watford back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and with the club sitting 15th in the table at the time, four points above the drop zone.

"It is exactly what I thought as the board showed me everything they could do and it is right everything they told me at the beginning," said Ranieri, denying this was a harder challenge than the one he faced at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

"I'm not so much pressure, it is my pressure on myself, not only because we are near the bottom and in a relegation fight, but also because I want the maximum for myself and my players.

In which case, Joao Pedro's late leveller at Newcastle United last weekend- which ended the club's seven-match losing streak- could prove absolutely vital come the end of the season, especially as it was against a relegation rival.

And is that the same case against Norwich then on Friday?

Whereas Norwich have the confidence inspired by victory, Watford's is brought by the performance of three new signings against Newcastle : the Brazilian centre-back Samir, the left-back Hassane Kamara and the midfielder Edo Kayembe.

And if the Hornets can answer their manager's call to turn Vicarage Road into a cauldron for opposing teams- they have won just once at home so far under the Italian- then that may just see them finish the right side of the relegation line come May.

“ We all know how important it is, ” says Dean Smith.

Norwich are everyone's favourites for a second return to the Championship in three years, partly because that ’ s the natural order of things, but also due to some woefully weak performances.

That ’ s what a performance and a win can do for you.

Ranieri has not been in charge for any, however, and he suggested there may be a safety-first element to his approach, with Watford – incredibly – still to keep a clean sheet this season.

"we have to win but we don't want to lose," ranieri said.

“ Now we are a very good block. ” The Italian also has the goalkeeper Ben Foster back from injury just as Norwich have lost Tim Krul to damaged shoulder ligaments.

"pressure, pressure is normal," he said.

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