The worst side in the Premier League at the moment against a side that are quietly off form. Swansea are heading for the relegation zone if they’re not careful, but could be in trouble if Quique Flores can get his Hornets buzzing.
Out of the FA Cup to a side two divisions below them, just two wins since August and the most goals conceded in the Premier Division. Things are bleak for Swansea at the moment. The wings have been cut from the Swans and they are dangling perilously over the relegation zone, at time of writing sitting just a point clear of the bottom three, and bottom of the form table.
They still have to play Arsenal and Spurs in consecutive weeks, as well as facing visits from Chelsea and Liverpool. Alan Curtis has been put in permanent charge, but it doesn’t look like he can repeat Garry Monk’s feat and keep Swansea in the division. A desperately needed home win could be on the card, but Swansea will need Gylfi Sigurdsson to drag them over the line.
Watford’s train has slightly derailed in the last few games, losing their last three games to slip from 7th to 10th. The goals which had propelled Quique Flores’ side up to those lofty heights seem to have dried up as well, with Odion Ighalo only netting once in those three.
Despite being bottom of the form table, Swansea have actually created more chances than Watford. Ighalo’s shot accuracy has fallen from above 70% to 57%, and the strong defence has been breached more often than fans would’ve liked. Talks of a top 4 place heading into Christmas have been extinguished.
- The meeting in September was the first between the sides since 2011
- Swansea top the overall head to head with 20 wins to 14
- Ighalo and Deeney’s overall shot total of 71 trumps Swansea’s entire front line comfortably
This is huge for Swansea City. With their run of fixtures coming up, this is a much needed three points, because it’s hard to see where they are going to get a win from. Watford will want to get back into form and try and charge towards the European spots again.
The latter will happen. Ighalo () and Deeney() are the obvious bets for goalscorers, while for Swansea look to Sigurdsson().
If it’s value you’re after, I’m thinking Almen Abdi will score at. He’s been consistent for Watford, and will be given a lot more space at Swansea than he has all season. The lack of goals at the Liberty would suggest a Watford win to nil at, but I’m thinking a 3-1 to the away side.
Don’t fret though Swansea fans, you aren’t as bad as Aston Villa (yet)