TALKING TACTICS: Swans v Watford
22nd October 2016
Ahead of the welcome of Watford, the official website has teamed up with football stats experts WhoScored.com to preview Saturday's Premier League encounter.
While manager Bob Bradley endured a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on his first match in charge of the Swans, there were plenty of positives to take from the loss at the Emirates. They proved they boast the attacking firepower to hurt any team on their day and the will be confident of maintaining their good form in the final third this weekend.
Indeed, Swansea have scored in six of their eight Premier League fixtures this season, while only Crystal Palace and Sunderland (both 0) have kept fewer clean sheets than Watford (1) in England's top tier this term, and even that only came in their most recent top-flight outing.
The Hornets are defensively suspect, which presents Swansea with the chance to return to winning ways in Bradley's home debut at the Liberty Stadium. The return to full fitness of club record signing Borja Baston is a blessing in that regard, with the Spanish striker netting his first goal for the club in the loss to Arsenal.
While it wasn't enough to secure at least a point at the Emirates, that he has bagged his first goal is undoubtedly a boost to Swansea and Bradley. His solitary statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength is 'finishing' and having netted 18 league goals for Eibar last season, further highlights his prolificacy. Provided the chances are created for him, Borja has the goalscoring ability to put the Watford backline to the sword on Saturday.
With the sole match forecast prediction suggesting it is likely that Swansea 'will score from a wingplay situation', if the Welsh side can exploit Watford's weakness down the flanks, Borja has the capability to get on the end of any opportunities presented to him. Swansea are unbeaten in their last four home league meetings with Watford, winning two, so they are certainly capable of prolonging their good form against the Hornets.
Of course, the man tasked with keeping him at bay will be Austrian powerhouse Sebastian Prodl, who has started seven of Watford's eight league games this season. After struggling for regular game time last term, the 29-year-old has rapidly become a favourite of new manager Walter Mazzarri. He's adhered to the demands of the Italian, who has implemented a three-man defensive system, and will be crucial to limiting Borja's impact on Saturday.
However, having scored against the likes of Barcelona, Sevilla and Athletic Club last season, and Arsenal this, Borja boasts the necessary attributes to fire Swansea to victory this weekend.
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