Watford vs Swansea by Luke
After two home victories in previous weeks, against West Brom and Sunderland without a goal conceded, Watford didn't manage to stay alive and competitive in the previous Premiership round when the team visited Tottenham on Saturday evening and stood defeated with a 4:0 result.
Actually, visitors had couple of decent chances at first, but soon enough couldn't handle with the opponent's attack, since the home team scored three goals inside last twelve minutes of the first halftime, in 33rd minute via Alli, in 39th via Dier and in 44th minute via Heung-Min, with the same player scoring fourth in 55th minute, as they continued playing second halftime being more dominant, but also in order to save some energy while the guests were very passive in attack in the second part. Watford is now at tenth position, but just nine points above relegating placed Swansea and a victory here would probably remove all the doubts regarding their status for the next season.
Watford should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, using Niang, Amrabat and Deeney as strikers. Home team still have number of injury concerns, since they miss central defender Younes Kaboul (22/2), midfielders Valon Behrami (23/0), Ben Watson (4/0), Roberto Pereyra (13/2) and offensive Mauro Zarate (3/0) all due injuries. Central defender Miguel Britos (25/1) is suspended for this one.
Swansea, on the other side, had every chance of walking away with something against West Ham, but the team stood with a narrow 1:0 defeat away from home last Saturday evening. Only goal was scored in 44th minute via Kouyate, while the Swans had very low number of concrete chances.
Visiting side just had more of the ball possession, but without real threatening situations in front of the Hammers goal, being very unconcrete in attack. It was their fifth consecutive match without a victory, as the Swans also have scored just once in last four Premier League matches. The team stands at the relegation position now, with twenty-eight points earned which is two points less than safely placed Hull City and the Swans remain in must win situation.
Visitors should be set in 4-2-3-1 formation with Llorente as their central striker, plus Ayew, Sigurdsson and Routldge as offensive midfielders. Striker Fernando Llorente returned to action last weekend in the second halftime and should start here. Defensive midfielder Jack Cork was forced off with ankle injury and remains doubtful for this one. Injured are right defender Angel Rangel (18/1) and midfielders Nathan Dyer (8/0) and Leon Britton (11/0).
- Watford have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Swansea.
Draw can't be excluded between these two sides, but I see plenty of more chances for the home team to come up victorious from this one. The game probably won't have many goals score and will have kind of a game style that suits Watford more.