Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites are still chasing their first win of the new Premier League season and sit third after amassing just three points in their first six games.
But Leeds captain Cooper underlined the strength of the opposition so far and said Leeds were optimistic about their chances of finally taking off in today’s kick-off at 3pm.
Watford sits 12th in the table with seven points having already scored two wins so far – at Norwich City and at home against Aston Villa on Matchday 1.
Writing in his program notes, Cooper said: “I think everyone agrees that we had a difficult start to the season in terms of games, we faced four teams that occupy the top seven places, in our first six. matches.
“Last season we managed to beat the teams that finished around and below us and it’s important that we continue that trend this season, especially at home.
“We are convinced that we can do it again and now we have to prove it on the pitch.
“We have had a very good week of training at Thorp Arch and we are all looking forward to today’s game with Watford.
“Above all, we want to win the game.
“We know Watford will come here and try to cause problems but as always we will focus on ourselves.
“We know that if we reach the levels that we are capable of, we can get three points today.”
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