The Hornets are one of the Premier League’s form sides, with three wins from their last five matches in the Premier League.
Bob Bradley and Swansea City will be grateful they are through a tough run of fixtures as they look ahead to this weekend’s clash against Watford. It’s fair to say Swansea have negotiated September and October poorly, picking up a single point against Chelsea to add to their three points at Burnley on the opening day.
Up next is Watford at the Liberty in a game that some fans will see as the first six-pointer of this season. Many believed Watford would be among the relegation contenders this season, but their form at the start of this season has defied the critics.
Walter Mazzarri’s side have been generally tough to beat, barring a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League new boys Burnley.
New look Watford
Victories at West Ham and Middlesbrough have stood out this season, demonstrating two different sides to the Hornets’ game. At the London Stadium, they showed off their ability to counter attack with style and efficiency.
Yet the Riverside this weekend, they showed what all good Premier League sides can do and ground out a 1-0 away win in a scrappy encounter. Two draws against an entertaining Bournemouth side and Claude Puel’s impressive Southampton either side of a 3-1 triumph over Manchester United should enough to worry Bradley and his Swansea troops.
On paper, the clash with Watford represents a golden chance for the Swans to pick up a vital three points, but they’ll be facing some of the league’s form players.
The Frenchman is Watford’s top scorer and has played an advanced role in Watford’s middle. Supported by Valeron Behrami in the middle of the park, he has had freedom to attack and has found himself in goalscoring positions on more than one occasion. Capoue has notched goals for himself, a very good return for the Frenchman who was once deployed as a defensive midfielder.
The Watford skipper will run all game and wreak havoc in a brittle Swansea defence. He is the club’s second top scorer with three goals this season and will be itching to become the fifth Watford player to reach a century of goals for the club.
The brilliantly-named record signing announced himself on the Premier League stage against Middlesbrough with a Man Of The Match performance. His mazy runs and unpredictability could prove to be a great asset while last season’s top scorer Odian Ighalo continues his search for form.
The defender has scored twice from left back this season, including a screamer at the Riverside on Sunday. The Greece international has impressed with his attacking endeavour and pinpoint crossing, which will cause problems for Swansea’s back line.
Watford will not lie down and gift Swansea’s new manager his first victory. After all, the Swans are lying 19th in the table and must treat this game as they would do This weekend is a great opportunity for Bob Bradley to rejuvenate his Swansea side with three points, but as the old cliché goes, there are no easy games in the Premier League.
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