Preview: Swans v Watford

23rd September 2017
First team

Swansea City go in search of their first home win of the season when they face Watford in the Premier League this afternoon (3pm).

Paul Clement’s side are in upbeat mood following a 2-0 midweek victory at Reading in the Carabao Cup and last weekend’s impressive 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

The Swans are now aiming to maintain their strong home record against Watford – they have lost only one of the last 10 league meetings in SA1 – by getting off the mark at the Liberty in 2017-18.

Marco Silva’s Hornets side travel to South Wales desperate for a response following the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of high-flying Manchester City last weekend.

 

TEAM NEWS

Clement says Wilfried Bony is in contention to make his first Premier League start since his return to the Swans, while Federico Fernandez is set to make his 100th appearance for the club.

The Swans have no new injury concerns with Nathan Dyer and Ki Sung-Yueng nearing comebacks. Kyle Bartley remains on the sidelines.

Watford trio Sebastian Prodl, Younes Kaboul and Craig Cathcart are all set to miss out through injury, while Miguel Britos is banned.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Swans striker Jordan Ayew: “We have to do the job against Watford for it to be a great week. Hopefully we can make our fans happy.”

Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley: “I am enjoying a run in the side and hopefully we can get back to performing well against Swansea.

 

LAST SIX MEETINGS

15.4.17 Watford 1 Swans 0

22.10.16 Swans 0 Watford 0

18.1.16 Swans 1 Watford 0

12.9.15 Watford 1 Swans 0

8.3.11 Swans 1 Watford 1

20.9.10 Watford 2 Swans 3

 

LAST SIX LEAGUE MATCHES

Swans: WDLWLD

Watford: LDWDWL

 

PRE-MATCH STATS

100 – Federico Fernandez will make his 100th Swansea appearance should he feature today.

3 – Watford are aiming to win three consecutive top-flight away games for the first time in their history.