Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock believes Friday's opponents Watford are the strongest team in the Premier League outside the current top six.
The Bluebirds go into the game at the Cardiff City Stadium in good hearts, having secured back-to-back victories over Bournemouth and Southampton, but Warnock is under no illusion about the challenge facing his side.
Watford are probably the best team in the league outside the top six.Neil Warnock
He told reporters: "To get three wins on the trot in the Premier League for a club like Cardiff is nigh-on impossible.
"Watford are probably the best team in the league outside the top six. They are a strong physical side who have got good players and, although it was 3-2 down there, they beat us well.
"But in adversity you tend to pull together and that's been the situation here. What's happened has made us play more of a tempo. We've got good players and it's about believing in ourselves."
The meeting of the two sides at Vicarage Road just before Christmas ended 3-2 to the Hornets, with two late City goals making the final scoreline less emphatic.
Warnock has major injury doubts over centre-back Sean Morrison (appendix) and forward Victor Camarasa (calf) for Friday's clash.
The Bluebirds can be backed at 21/10 to secure all three points against Watford and are 17/2 to win the game in South Wales by a 1-0 scoreline.
Cardiff, who are one point outside the drop zone heading into the weekend programme of games, are 12/5 to avoid relegation this season.
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