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Nigel Pearson confident Watford will survive this season

Nigel Pearson confident Watford will survive this season
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The Hornets sit one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

Watford manager Nigel Pearson is confident his side can still beat relegation this season.

The Hornets have taken just one point from their two games since the Premier League restart and were beaten 1-0 at Burnley on Thursday.

But Pearson, whose side are one point above the bottom three, believes they have enough games coming up where they can look after their own business, starting with Southampton at home on Sunday.

"I'm not worried. I've got confidence in my players," he said.

"We've got winnable games coming up and it's just important that we perform well in those games.

"It's up to us to retain the option of things being in our own hands. That's all it is. We've got to continue to look to improve, look to be as good as we can be and it's very straightforward in my mind in that regard.

"It shows you how tough the Premier League is. It's about getting enough points to stay up, it's as simple as that.

"I'm not really spending a great deal of time trawling the past and what was happening then. It's what happens now, what happens in the future. I'm not worried."

The Hornets have no fresh injuries for the game against the Saints, with Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu (both knee) and Isaac Success (ankle) remaining absent.

Pearson will also check on a number of players who played in sweltering conditions at Turf Moor.

"No injury concerns, but we'll have a look again at whether players have picked up anything that's not necessarily a major problem," Pearson added.

"The loading of players playing in the types of heat we've been playing in is something we need to be aware of.

"Sure, we don't have a very quick turnaround for the next game, but we're all dealing with the same situation, so it will be a continuation of our recovery and the ones who need extra work will get it."

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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