Watford will be looking to end a run of four games without a goal in all competitions and secure their first Premier League victory of the campaign, but face a tough task on Saturday as they host in-form Swansea City.
While in their opening three matches – which all ended in draws – they did not hold back and attacked with purpose, the Hornets were forced into a rearguard action on their trip to leaders Manchester City just before the international break. They succeeded in holding out until half-time, only to concede twice in the early stages of the second period to lose a game in which they failed to register a single shot on target.
However, last season’s Championship runners-up have shown enough in their outings so far that they have what it takes to compete in the top-flight; with end product in attack the main aspect of their play that needs working on. Pace and creativity is not a problem, and they will be aided in those departments by three deadline day signings, who include Adlene Guedioura, an integral part of the club’s recent success having been on loan at Vicarage Road for much of 2014-15.
The Algerian will be desperate to drive his side on to a much-needed first three-point haul, but Swansea arrive high on confidence and on top form having registered their third consecutive win over Manchester United last time out, a result which lifted them to fourth place. Still unbeaten, they remain as entertaining to watch as ever, and have the Premier League’s most in-form striker in the shape of Bafetimbi Gomis.
Many felt back in January that he would not be able to replicate the form of predecessor Wilfried Bony, but with nine goals in his last 10 games his tiger-like celebrations are becoming an increasingly familiar sight. He was on hand to score the winner against the Red Devils, latching on to an unbelievable pass from Andre Ayew, who is quickly living up to his billing as one of the signings of the summer and helping to achieve the results which are lifting manager Garry Monk’s stock yet higher.
Guedioura should feature for Watford, but fellow deadline day signings Victor Ibarbo and Obbi Oulare are not in contention. Miguel Britos continues to serve a suspension.
Swansea have the luxury of a fully-fit squad available, with Jefferson Montero having recovery which forced him to miss the Man Utd game. Ki Sung-Yueng could earn his first start since opening day.
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