Watford v Swansea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 28, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Vicarage Road – Premier League

Watford host Swansea on Saturday, with the Hornets looking to build on their first win in seven games. The Swans conceded five to Liverpool on Boxing Day but will have new manager Carlos Carvalhal in charge for the first time.

Past Meetings

Watford will be confident going into this game, having won the reverse fixture 2-1 earlier in the season. On the day it took a 90th minute goal from Richarlison to break the deadlock, following strikes from Andre Gray and Tammy Abraham. None of the three have scored in the last five games, so the managers may have to look elsewhere for goals.

Team News

Watford’s injury crisis continues, as centre-backs Tommie Hoban, Craig Cathcard and Younes Kaboul remain sidelined. In central midfield, Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes are both injured whilst right-back Kiko Femenia is still suffering from a hamstring injury. Troy Deeney’s red card suspension leaves the Captain out until the New Year.

New Swansea manager Carvalhal has similar problems, with Wilfred Bony, Leroy Fer, Ki Sung-Yeung all out, and Kyle Naughton and Roque Mesa doubts after being forced off against Crystal Palace.

Watford v Swansea Preview and Predictions

Having lost four consecutive matches, Marco Silva made major changes for the wholly impressive 2-1 win over an in-from Leicester side on Boxing Day.

Molla Wague made his full debut for the side, entering the starting XI with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Marvin Zeegelaar in the place of Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas and Andre Gray. This saw Richarlison play as a centre-forward, with Tom Cleverly in behind him, making up for the absent Troy Deeney.

These decision proved inspired, and furthered Silva’s growing reputation, after the debutant scored his side’s first goal, and Doucoure forced the second. Against Swansea, it would be surprising if the managers makes many changes, with Richarlison 13/8 to score anytime.

Swansea had a far less enjoyable Boxing Day, suffering a hammering at the hands of Liverpool. Without a permanent manager, and in the midst of an injury crisis, the season is not going well for the Swans.

Britton’s top scorer, Tammy Abraham, who started the season well, hasn’t scored since October, whilst his replacement, Wilfred Bony, suffered hamstring injury just as he hit a spell of form. Until recently, Swansea were looking strong defensively, but a lapse in recent weeks has seen them concede 13 in their last four games. Routed at the base of the table, even a point on Saturday would be a great result Carvalhal’s first game in charge.

Recommended Bets

Tom Cleverly to score anytime at 4/1

The midfielder looked good as an attacking midfielder early in the season and may play there on Saturday.

Watford to win 2-0 at 7/1

The Hornets will be looking to rediscover their form, whilst Swansea are suffering at the moment.

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