Watford must ensure that their outstanding performance and result against Bristol City on the weekend was not an anomaly by earning all three points on the road later tonight.
The Hornets stole the headlines on Saturday, as well as the show, by beating the Robins with their biggest margin of victory in a league game since 1982.
Watford ran out worthy 6-0 winners thanks to goals from Zinckernagel, Hughes and a brace from both Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema.
This was a long overdue result and performance from the Golden Boys, the type of performance which was expected to be a frequent occurrence before the season started.
Watford have failed to reach the performance levels capable of winning the Championship or even gaining promotion in any which way. That was until four days ago. Following a winless run of three, Watford head coach Xisco Muñoz changed formation going into the game against Dean Holden’s men, switching from a commonly used 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3.
Both wingers Ken Sema and Ismaila Sarr were a nuisance for Towler and Hunt at wing-back for the visitors. This system is expected to be used tonight, unsurprisingly, but the Watford faithful are fearful that a return from injury to skipper Troy Deeney will encourage Muñoz to return to a two-striker formation, which evidently proved to be unsuccessful.
Muñoz must stick to his guns and play the same side used on Saturday, leaving Deeney on the bench. The system used, along with the performance, is just as important as the result tonight.
If they want to make up on lost ground, another three points with an excellent performance to gain momentum is crucial, but Preston will be determined to stop Watford in their tracks at Deepdale; the Lilywhites have play-off aspirations of their own.