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Premier League: Swansea vs Watford preview

Kick off: Monday, 18 January @20:00 GMT

Venue: Liberty Stadium (Swansea)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Watford vs Swansea 1-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Swansea vs Watford 1-1 (2010/2011 Championship)
Watford vs Swansea 2-3 (2010/2011 Championship)
Watford vs Swansea 0-1 (2009/2010 Championship)
Swansea vs Watford 1-1 (2009/2010 Championship)

Swansea vs Watford prediction

Out-of-sorts Swansea City will be looking to get back on course when they host Watford at their Liberty Stadium in the closing match of day 22 of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Hornets have been struggling in the national championship of late as well, meaning that both teams will go for a win in this one.

Heartbreaking loss to Sunderland

Swansea City suffered a shocking 3-2 loss to Oxford United in the FA Cup last 64 and to make things even worse for the fans the Swans were beaten by Sunderland at the weekend in the relegation six-pointer. Interim manager Alan Curtis is under big pressure ahead of the visit of Watford as his men sit in the relegation zone in the Premier League standings. Situation at Liberty Stadium is alarming; the hosts badly need a win against Hornets, but they will have to be at their sharpest if they are to put an end to their three-match losing run in all competitions. Coach Alan Curtis saw his midfielder Jonjo Shelvey join Newcastle United for a fee in the region of £12m and the club chiefs will certainly give 100% to find an adequate replacement for the former Liverpool man before the transfer window closes. Andre Ayew found the net in the 2-4 loss to Sunderland and he will be the man to watch in the home team.

Kyle Naughton is available for selection despite being sent off in the 4-2 defeat to Black Cats. Alan Curtis has a full squad to choose from ahead of Monday’s game.

Three consecutive defeats

Watford have been playing above expectations in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Hornets, though, suffered a serious dip in form and they are on a three-game losing run in the national championship ahead of the trip to South Wales. Quique Sanchez Flores’ troops have been slipping down the standings week by week and they currently sit in the bottom half of the table. If Watford continue to struggle in the Premier League their top flight status will soon be in danger, and the fans definitely will not enjoying watching their favourites face Championship sides next term. Odion Ighalo is enjoying a season to remember and the Nigerian attacker, who has netted 13 goals this season so far, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. It has to be noted that Watford are eyeing their fifth away win of the season.

Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand remain on the sidelines (groin and knee injuries), but coach Quique Sanchez Flores has no other selection worries ahead of the Swansea City game. Victor Ibarbo is pushing for a start.

Quick Facts

  • Swansea City recorded only one win in previous nine home games in EPL
  • Swans suffered only one defeat in previous five meetings with Watford
  • Watford are on a four-match winless run in the Premier League
  • Over 2.5 goals were scored in four of Watford’s previous five league games
  • Ighalo scored the winner for Hornets in a 1-0 victory over Swans earlier this season

Swansea vs Watford betting tip

Both Swansea and Watford are desperate to grab something from Monday’s game at Liberty Stadium. Both sides aim to secure the elite division survival and seeing that they face a must-win situation in the upcoming fixture, there is every chance we will see a lively contest in South Wales. In their last meeting at Liberty Stadium the two teams played out a 1-1 draw and, taking everything into account, both teams to score should be considered.

Tip: Both teams to score

Odds: 2.10 (11/10) @10Bet

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