Swansea will look to build on the positive result they picked up at Wembley Stadium last weekend as they play host to a Watford side that were hit for six last weekend at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s all conquering Manchester City outfit.
For Paul Clement’s men it was a trip to London which saw them earn a point after their encounter with Tottenham, a draw that sees last season’s Premier League runners up still searching for their first victory of this campaign at their new home.
That however will be of little worry to Swansea as they added another point to their early season tally as they currently find themselves in the relative comfort of 14th in the table. A position that if you were to offer to a Swansea fan at the end of the campaign they would be more than happy with.
Today they will look to heap more misery on a Watford side that well and truly had their bubble burst last weekend at the hands of Manchester City. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as he and his teammates strolled to an emphatic 6-0 win.
It was Marco Silva’s first taste of league defeat since taking charge of Watford and it was a dish served very cold as Manchester City were brutal in the way they tore their opponents apart. If the Hornets had any sting it was well and truly nullified last weekend.
But that result may well be taken in isolation as up to that point they had provided the footballing fraternity with four impressive performances. It was almost night and day between the club that slumped down the table last season and the one that started this.
So it may well be best to ignore that scoreline anomaly of last Saturday and see if whether they can revert to type this afternoon when they make the trip to South Wales. That said the emphasis of that defeat can be truly visualised by the fact that the club dropped from 4th to 11th in one foul swoop, such was the level of their beating they are now on a goal difference of minus two.
Swansea’s goal difference is no better in fact it is worse as they currently have a goal difference of minus three. They may have four points on the board but the damming statistic here is the fact that they have only scored two goals in their first five matches.
Those two goals came in the one game. That being their solitary win of the season against a Crystal Palace side that are yet to find the net themselves. This means they have drawn a blank on now fewer than four separate occasions, that will something of a concern to manager Paul Clement.
It’s not a goal ratio that can continue if they are to keep their heads above water, they are only scoring 0.4 goals per game and eventually if this carries on they will slide down the table. The last thing they want is to become the Middlesbrough of last season and average less than a goal per game when the season ends.
So they will look to advantage of a Watford side that will still be licking its wounds after last weekend but you do have to wonder whether Swansea have the tools at their disposal to kill them off. To be honest I don’t think they do, however I do envisage this tie ending up with the points being shared. A draw for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) September 22, 2017