Watford v Swansea City Premier League Preview 30/12/2017
EPL bottom club Swansea City face Watford on Saturday with newly-appointed Carlos Carvalhal in charge. The former Sheffield Wednesday boss was officially announced as the replacement for Paul Clement on Thursday.
The club acted swiftly following last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool when Leon Britton was in temporary charge. Carvalhal had been sacked by Wednesday on Christmas Eve having previously been with Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon and Maritimo.
He is the fourth manager of Swansea City within the past two years following Garry Monk, Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley. The pressure had been building on Clement during November but a 1-0 win over West Brom earlier this month earned him a reprieve. They have since managed just one point from four matches, conceding 13 and scoring just twice.
The hammering at Anfield underlined just how serious things are for the Swans. They have been battling relegation for the past three seasons. It remains to be seen whether or not Carvalhal will be given the funds to buy new players in the January transfer window.
The Hornets are in tenth place in the table with 25 points from their opening twenty games. An alarming run of four straight defeats came to an end when they defeated Leicester City 2-1 on Boxing Day. They needed an own goal from Schmeichel to claim the victory but were certainly worthy of at least a point.
Watford held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at the start of December. They ten suffered defeats against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Brighton. They were particularly poor against Huddersfield, losing 4-1 following the sending off of Troy Deeney in the 33rd minute.
Watford have scored 39 goals this season so far, 28 more than Saturday’s visitors. However, they have conceded 35 which is four more than the bottom club. The Hornets will be without club captain Deeney who is still serving a suspension for his red card. He will not be eligible until after Watford’s next fixture against runaway leaders Manchester City. Discipline has been a problem for Watford this season. They have received four red card, more than any other side in the Premiership.
Bookmakers rate Watford odds-on favourites to win, despite their recent poor form. The Swans are 5.0 to grab a vital win with the draw priced at 3.80.
Premier League Betting Tips 30/12/2017
Watford to beat Swansea City @1.83 Sportsbet