Swansea City v Watford: The talking points
21st October 2016
The Swans go in search of a much-needed victory when they take on Watford this weekend.
Here we look at the big talking points heading into the first home fixture of a new era for the Swans.
Bradley's red carpet: It will be a case of welcome to the Liberty for Bob Bradley as he takes charge of his first home game this weekend. His maiden fixture as Swans boss ended in defeat at Arsenal, but he was rightly pleased with some aspects of his team's display at the Emirates. Now the challenge is to deliver points as well as a performance.
Home comforts: The Swans' success throughout their time in the Premier League has been built on their form at the Liberty. Over the last five seasons, they have won 37 home league games compared to 25 on the road. Yet this term, their only success to date came at Burnley on the opening day. Since then, there have been three top-flight defeats and one draw in SA1. As Bradley acknowledged this week, that record needs to change.
FloMo: Modou Barrow, the winger who might have been a sprinter, was in impressive form at Arsenal last weekend, asking plenty of questions of Nacho Monreal before Granit Xhaka saw red for his tackle on the Gambian. The highlight of Barrow's display was an assist for Borja's goal, but Bradley reckons there is much more to come from the 24-year-old star.
Happy Hornets: Skipper Troy Deeney reckoned Watford were "bullied" by Burnley in their 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor last month, but there have not been too many bad days of late. Under the guidance of Walter Mazzarri, the former Napoli and Inter Milan boss who arrived in the summer, the Hornets have lost only once in their last five league games, beating Manchester United along the way. They will arrive in Wales with plenty of confidence.
Bravo Borja: The Swans' £15.5 million record signing has endured a slow start to life at the Liberty, making just one start in the Premier League thanks in part to some fitness issues. But the former Atletico Madrid frontman gave glimpse of what he is capable of by coming off the bench to score at Arsenal last weekend. More of the same against Watford would be most welcome.
100 up: The Swans reach a landmark this weekend as they play their 100th home fixture in the Premier League. In the 99 so far, there have been 37 wins, 32 draws and 30 defeats. As he prepares for his first match at the Liberty, Bradley has acknowledged that it is time for home victory No. 38.