The Swans are on a nightmare run

Last updated: January 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLDW
Away form: LLLDW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Swansea dropped down to 17th position in The Premier League table and The Swans will be in serious trouble if they don’t accrue fresh points as soon as possible. The Welsh team lost 4-2 to Sunderland in the last round. That was a real ‘six-pointer’ because The Black Cats are among Swansea’s main opponents in the relegation battle. Kyle Naughton was sent off in the 37th minute because he made a very dangerous and stupid tackle. Then the task in front of Sunderland became easier and Jermaine Defoe scored a hat-trick in the Swans’ net.

The Hornets have also felt a drop in form. Even though they won against Newcastle in the third FA Cup round Watford haven’t recorded a win in The Premier League since 20th December 2015 when they beat Liverpool 3-0. Since then, Watford ended with one draw and lost their last 3 matches.

Alan Curtis’ players have won only 1 home match of 5 against Watford. The Swans managed to beat The Hornets 3-1 on 9th November 2008 in a Championship match. Williamson put Watford ahead in the 33th minute, but just a minute later Bodde equalized. Scotland and Bauza scored the winning goals for Swansea.

Team News

Swansea sold Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle. The transfer amount for the English international is £12 m. Shelvey made 16 appearances and scored 1 goal this season.

Kyle Naughton will miss the match against Watford through suspension. The ex Tottenham right back was sent off against Sunderland on Wednesday.

Gilmartin and Ekstrand are the only injured players for Watford. The Swedish defender is very close to his return, after spending 6 months with an injury.

Nathan Ake will return to Watford’s starting XI. The Englishman was suspended after being sent off against Tottenham.

Quotes of the week

Alan Curtis Alan Curtis (Swansea) : “We benefited from the penalty but you look at the other decisions. I don’t want to criticise referees but I think he got the big ones wrong tonight.”

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed, but not angry.”

Expected line-ups:

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Angel Rangel, Sung-Yong, Montero, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Cork, Emnes, Bartley, Dyer, Eder, Barrow, Britton.
Not available: Naughton
Watford (4-4-1-1): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Ake, Abdi, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Behrami, Berghuis, Anya, Prodl, Paredes, Arlauskis, Watson.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand.
Not available:

Key Battle

ayew Ayew this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 1747 7 1,7 1 1 3 0
deeney Deeney this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
21 1884 6 2,5 5 0 5 0

So far this season

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Swansea this season Watford this season
17 League Position 10
3 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
3 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (3)
0-3 to Arsenal and Leicester Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Ayew (7) Top scorer Ighalo (14)
Montero, Shelvey, Naughton (2) Assist Leader Deeney (5)
Y32, R1 Discipline Y39, R2
9 Failures to score 6
5 Clean Sheets 8
10 Both Teams to Score Games 9
11 Over 2.5 Games 10
10 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • Watford have won 5 of 10 matches against Swansea. There’s been 2 away victories for The Hornets against The Swans.
  • The Hornets won 1-0 their last match against The Swans. Odion Ighalo found the net in the 59th minute and that remained the only goal of the game.
  • Watford have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 Premier League games. The Hornets lost their last 3 matches and are lying in 10th place.
  • Swansea have failed to win 10 of their last 11 matches in the Premier League. Their only recent victory was over West Brom (1-0).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/09/15 The Premier League Watford 1-0 Swansea O. Ighalo 59′
08/03/11 The Championship Swansea 1-1 Watford S. Dobbie 26′
28/09/10 The Championship Watford 2-3 Swansea S. Sinclair 11′
09/03/10 The Championship Watford 0-1 Swansea S. Kuqi 18′
29/08/09 The Championship Swansea 1-1 Watford D. Graham 66′