Vicarage Road

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm



Vicarage Road

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: New Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal faces a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford in his Premier League bow on Saturday.

Last time: A last minute winner from Richarlison handed the Hornets a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season. It was a real sting in the tail for Paul Clement, who had seen Tammy Abraham cancel out Andre Gray’s opener.

This time: Watford are 8/11 for the win, while Swansea are 24/5 and the draw is 14/5.

You might remember: Watford being denied a stunning comeback by the offside flag after going 3-0 down against the Swans in September 2010. It was Swansea’s first away win under Brendan Rodgers, in a campaign that saw them secure promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

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Watford’s Richarlison celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.

New Swans boss Carvalhal will face his fellow Portuguese Silva in a game the Watford manager will expect his side to win. The Hornets showed plenty of character to recover from a goal down against Leicester, and another home game against the Premier League’s basement club is a great opportunity for another three points.

Watford are 8/11 for the win and it would keep them in the top half of the table as we move into the new year. With an eight point gap to the relegation places, the Hornets need to see off the teams below them when they visit Vicarage Road. While often impressive, Watford have been inconsistent this season so Silva will hope the concentration levels are there on Saturday.

Swansea are 24/5 to pick up the victory and get their new manager’s reign off to the best start possible. A win for the visitors would help them bunch up the bottom half of the league even more, and surely close the gap to safety with some of the teams just above them facing difficult games in this round of fixtures. After leaving Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve with the Owls 15th in the Championship, new boss Carvalhal needs to quickly inject some optimism into Swans supporters.

The draw is 14/5 and could be worth a punt if Swansea’s players rise to the challenge of their new manager. As the visitors have drawn more games than they’ve won this season, it could be a better shout than backing the away win. With the Swans scoring just 11 times in their 20 games so far this term, a 0-0 scoreline at 10/1 looks like decent value.

Richarlison is 9/5 to score anytime and add to his tally of five Premier League goals. After his encouraging start to life in the English top flight, the Brazilian is now without a goal in his last eight games. Back the 20-year-old to break his duck against the Swans with the first goal of the game at 11/2, dishing out more misery to the visitors after his late winner last time out.

Abraham is 15/2 to break the deadlock and score his first goal since mid-October. If Bony isn’t available then the Chelsea loanee could be handed a start, and he’ll be desperate to show both his new manager at Swansea and Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge what he can do. The youngster is 3/1 to score anytime, and 7/1 to score in a Swansea win.

Match Summary


Look out for:

A shutout. Swansea have failed to score in 11 of their 20 games so far this season, and with just 11 goals in total have the worst attack in the Premier League. Watford are 6/5 to keep a clean sheet, while you can bet against both teams scoring at 9/10.



We fancy:

Watford to win to nil at 43/25. The Hornets should be full of confidence after their impressive win over Leicester, while new Swans boss Carvalhal only has a couple of training sessions to work with his players before this game.



It’s a long shot, but:

Jordan Ayew to score and Swansea to win 1-0 at 66/1. The Ghana international scored his first goal of the season when he earned his team a point with the equaliser against Palace just before Christmas. Back him to add another to secure a massive victory for the Swans.

Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.