Swansea v Watford: Visitors handsomely priced to prevail


It’s easy to see how Swansea find themselves with interim head coach in charge for the second time in three seasons and the prospect of relegation hanging over their heads.

Since beating Manchester United at the end of August the south Welsh club have won just two games out of the 19 they have played in all competitions.

In the Premier League they sit inside the bottom three and two points from safety ahead of their Monday night clash with Watford. The need to pick up all three points at the Liberty Stadium is vital.

The post Christmas upswing in fortunes that customarily finds the league’s bottom dwellers has seemingly touched the likes of Newcastle and Bournemouth, so a victory over the Hornets would help Swansea cling to their coattails.

If not, the prospect of getting cut adrift looks all the more likely. Unfortunately for Alan Curtis’ side, their home form hasn’t been solid enough to mount a leap up the table.

The club have only won three times in front of their own fans in the league this season and have scored the second fewest goals at home to boot.

Normally the visit of a newly promoted side can be viewed as golden opportunity to realign the rudders. But in Watford, that isn’t the case.

Quique Sanchez Flores has shepherded his new club to 12th in the league thus far, some ten points clear of Swansea in 18th.

Although the Spaniards charges have not won in three straight league games, they include losses to top-four candidates Manchester City and Tottenham. In stark contrast to the norm, it will be Watford that view this match as the perfect form corrector.

Ladbrokes, however, take a different stance on the matter. They make Swansea the 13/10 favourites for the victory, with Watford at 11/5 and the draw a 21/10 poke. At those prices the examination on what to bet on should begin and end with the Hornets.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.