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Gianfranco Zola narrowly missed out on Premier League promotion last season, so it's no surprise to see his Watford side setting the early pace in this year's division.
As reported by Chris Osborne of BBC Sport, the Italian believes his team is better prepared this time around. An opening day 1-0 away win against Birmingham underlined a Hornets squad that is prepared to fight and battle for every point. Troy Deeney's goal capped off a determined performance that saw the London club leave St. Andrews with a well-earned win.
Deeney's form got even sharper heading into Watford's second match.
Vicarage Road witnessed an excellent hat-trick from the 25-year-old in a 6-1 demolition of Bournemouth. While Lewis Grabban added his third in two matches, a brace from Gabriele Angella and strike from Lewis McGugan saw Zola's men rack up maximum points and an impressive goal difference.
Similarly, Blackpool have maintained pace with Watford at the top.
Paul Ince will be happy with his team's ability to squeeze out results and should be buoyed by the Seasiders' two late goals at Doncaster on opening day. The 3-1 win was nicked with successes from Gary MacKenzie and Tom Ince, while Blackpool left it even later to secure victory in their second match.
Barnsley defender Scott Wiseman will have trouble sleeping right now. His 95th minute own goal provided Blackpool with a 1-0 win at Bloomfield Road, ensuring Ince's men head straight to the Championship summit with six points. Not quite as convincing as Watford's free-scoring form, but at this stage, a win is all that matters.
Nottingham Forest are the only other club with six points even though Wigan have three from one game less. Henri Lansbury's winner in a close-fought game against Huddersfield ensured that those at The City Ground left fulfilled on opening day, while a 92nd minute winner from Darius Henderson saw Billy Davies' boys maintain a winning start.