THERE isn't a chance that Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd will under-estimate Accrington Stanley and that could mean the defence facing former bad boy striker Marlon King at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.
Stanley take on the Premiership side in the second round of the Carling Cup hoping they can claim an even bigger scalp after seeing off former European champions Nottingham Forest in the first round.
And it's believed that Boothroyd, the 35-year-old manager of the top flight new boys, will play a strong side.
"I wouldn't prepare any more thoroughly to play Arsenal or Manchester United than I would when we play Accrington Stanley in the Carling Cup," said Boothroyd on the club's website.
"I think there is a balance you have to find between making sure your own team is prepared and concentrating on yourselves but also spending the right amount of time preparing for the opposition.
"If you go on too much about the other team, you make their players sound like Gods and you do have to remember they are just 11 players."
Perhaps that's a lesson Stanley will take as the underdogs as they come up against former Gillingham and Forest striker King who has had a chequered history, spending five months in prison in 2002 for handling a stolen car.
However the Jamaican international, who cost Watford £500,000 last year, came out and made a name for himself in the right way, firing 22 goals last season to make him the Championships top scorer and steer the Hornets into the Premiership via the play-offs.
The squad - currently struggling in the Premiership - isn't full of household names and is largely a young side.
But, if Boothroyd plays a full-strength team, there will be plenty of internationals and million pound players for the Reds to pit their wits against with Nigerian Danny Shittu, signed for £1.6m from Queens Park Rangers, £1.5m midfielder Damian Francis from Wigan and highly rated winger Ashley Young.
"I can't wait," said Ian Craney. "It will be great to to go out and play at a Premiership ground against a top team and, after Wednesday's result and hopefully tomorrow's, we should have plenty of confidence."
Gary Roberts admitted: "It should be bread and butter to them but there is always an upset in the cup, you see it year in and year out, so why can't it be us?"
And assistant manager Jimmy Bell said: "We will be up for it no matter what. I know it does depend on what kind of team they put out but, if they watched us beat Wrexham, they might include a few more first teamers now!"