Swansea VS Watford Prediction
After five consecutive defeats in all competitions and only a point won in previous 7 Premier League fixtures, Swansea returns at its “Liberty Stadium” where Bob Bradley will make his home debut against Watford. Walter Mazzarri’s side head to Wales in a much better mood after winning 10 points out of last 5 English Premier League rounds, including last round’s victory in Middlesbrough. Six days later “The Hornets” are keen for another positive outcome in a game on the road, but hosts from Swansea are on the edge with just 4 points won, making them one of the main relegation pretenders so far.
Swansea vs Watford – Team News and Match Preview
American manager Bob Bradley was appointed as Francesco Guidolin’s successor early in October, right after Swansea’s home loss by Liverpool. Bradley’s first Premier League commitment was against another top opposition when last weekend “Swans” had a visit at the “Emirates Stadium” in London where they lost 2-3 from Arsenal, which was their fifth consecutive defeat. In that period Swansea was eliminated by the English League Cup and lost in four EPL games, but however, we must note that their “weakest” enemy in that period was team of Southampton. Indeed, Swansea’s negative form has been pretty much influenced by the tricky schedule they had and this includes matches against Leicester City, Chelsea, Southampton, Manchester City (league and cup), Liverpool and Arsenal. To be honest Swansea were not playing that bad and they didn’t deserve to lose in some occasions, but it seems that all money spent by the top clubs and home advantage of Leicester/Southampton was crucial for final results in all mentioned encounters. The only game which brought some positives to the Welsh club in that period was a 2-2 draw against Chelsea back in matchday 4, when Swansea were leading 2-1 until the 81st minute.
Swansea’s last success dates from second half of August when they won 3-1 against Peterborough in a League Cup game, while their last EPL victory remains in the opening round – winning 1-0 against Burnley at the “Turf Moor”. Both season 2016-17 victories for Swansea were away from home which means their home record is awful, as they have not won anything else besides a point from Chelsea.
Last week Watford achieved its first clean sheet when Jose Holebas’ goal was enough to scoop all points from the “Riverside Stadium” in Middlesbrough. Thus Watford climbed to the 10th position where “Hornets” share same number of points with Crystal Palace (9th) and AFC Bournemouth (11th), as all of them have won 11 points from 8 Premier League games. As we already mentioned, Watford have won 10 points in the last 5 matches which simply shows Walter Mazzarri’s men are in fine form and icing on the cake was the 3-1 victory against Manchester United one month ago. Other two wins were away from home where Watford won over West Ham and Middlesbrough, while except the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, Watford’s only loss in that period came against most unexpected opposition – losing 2-0 in Burnley, just week after beating Manchester United. This once again shows how unpredictable English Premier League really is, so we believe Watford will have another serious challenge on their way for showing more consistency.
Swansea vs Watford – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Bob Bradley’s squad was boosted by some news related with fitness of two first-team players who are ready to play against Watford on Saturday afternoon. Modou Barrow and Fernando Llorente have both passed the fit test and they should start next to Icelandic conductor Gylfi Sigurdsson. Expectations are that this trio should lead Swansea’s attacking formation if Bradley decides to start with a 4-3-3 formation against preferred by Walter Mazzarri 3-5-2.
Nathan Dyer (ankle) and Jefferson Montero (calf) are both sidelined and this reduces attacking options of “The Swans”, but however, Sigurdsson and Barrow can be decent options to support Fernando Llorente, who’s with the target man role.
Watford’s starting XI should be submitted without injured defenders Craig Cathcart (groin) and Daryl Janmaat (shoulder), while Nigerian striker Isaac Success remains doubtful since he didn’t train all week. Youngster Jerome Sinclair returns in contention which provides more attacking options for Watford’s Italian boss, but we highly doubt he’ll name different attacking duo except skipper Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Who knows, Mazzarri may even stick to the 5-4-1 formation he used against “Boro” last round, but then Success started on the left wing, while his compatriot Ighalo was surprisingly left out on the bench.
Final conclusion and Betting Tip
Guests from Watford have won just once in their previous six league games against Swansea Cit, losing in three of them. Four from the recent six matches between Swansea and Watford were in the Championship while last season both clubs have exchanged 1-0 victories in their relevant home matches.
Season 2016-17 began in a challenging way for Swansea and Bob Bradley’s appointment must revive everyone who’s in the club. Last weekend “The Swans” could even pull a point from Arsenal but they couldn’t benefit from fact Arsenal had to play with 10 men in closing part of the match, since Granit Xhaka was sent-off. However, we saw some signs of improvement and Swansea have had six shots on target at the “Emirates”, which was their most in a Premier League fixture since the opening round, when they mustered 9 against Burnley.
Meanwhile Swansea have never lost in five successive EPL rounds and we believe they’ll avoid another such a scenario here. Even more, Swansea can finally show more aggression and confidence against a club who isn’t considered for a favourite against them, which should be used for a positive managerial debut of Bob Bradley at the “Liberty Stadium”.
We’ll place our stake on the home side – Swansea to win against Watford (1X2 Betting).
Venue: “Liberty Stadium”, Swansea.
Referee: Paul Tierney.
Possible starting lineups of Swansea and Watford
Swansea City AFC: Lukasz Fabianski – Neil Taylor, Jordi Amat, Federico Fernández, Kyle Naughton – Leroy Fer, Leon Britton, Jack Cork – Modou Barrow, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fernando Llorente. (4-3-3)
Watford FC: Heurelho Gomes – Miguel Britos, Sebastian Prödl, Younès Kaboul – Jose Holebas, Valon Behrami, Etienne Capoue, Roberto Pereyra, Nordin Amrabat – Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo. (3-5-2)