Watford vs Swansea
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick off: 4PM
New Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal could have Wilfried Bony available for the trip to Watford this afternoon.
Bony has missed the last two Premier League games with a hamstring injury suffered in Paul Clement’s final match in charge, but could be fit to spearhead Carvalhal’s attempt to turn Swansea’s campaign around.
Carvalhal – given a contract until the end of the season at the Liberty Stadium – takes over a side bottom of the Premier League, with the Swans five points from safety having won just once in 12 league games.
The Portuguese’s contract could be extended further in May, and Carvalhal is happy with such an arrangement.
“I prefer to stay one year, check if the chairman, fans, players are happy with me, and after see the next step,” said Carvalhal.”
Watford had picked up just one point from their previous six matches heading into the Boxing Day clash at Vicarage Road, and another defeat looked on the cards when Riyad Mahrez gave Leicester the lead, but Molla Wague drew the teams level and an own goal from Kasper Schmeichel helped the Hornets earn a crucial three points.
Watford will be looking to win both home and away in a single league season versus Swansea City for the first time since 1982-83.
Swansea suffered a 0-1 defeat in both of their previous two Premier League trips to Watford; failing to score from any of their 21 shots in these games.
Should Watford win this match, Swansea will be the first team that the Hornets have defeated as many as three times at Vicarage Road in the Premier League.
Watford Possible XI: Gomes, Janmaat, Mariappa, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Cleverley, Doucoure, Carrillo, Gray, Richarlison, Ayew.
Swansea Possible XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Carroll, Mesa, Sanches, Dyer, Abraham