Swansea City will host Watford at the Swansea.com Stadium on Friday in another round of EFL Championship football. The home side have had a largely underwhelming campaign and currently find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship table. They were beaten 2-1 by Reading in their game on Tuesday and perhaps deserved more from the match as they created quality chances to draw level but were guilty of wasteful finishing.
Swansea sit 16th in the league table with 32 points from 24 games and will be hopeful of adding to that tally this weekend. Watford have had mixed results this season but remain in the race for promotion. However, they were beaten 2-0 on home turf by Millwall in their last league outing, falling behind in the opening 25 minutes of the game before a red card to Hassane Kamara just before the interval scuppered their chances of a comeback.
Swansea are on a three-game winless streak and are without a win in their last eight league matches. They are winless in their last two home games and will be looking to end that streak this weekend.
The Hornets’ latest result ended a four-game unbeaten run and they will be looking to bounce back on Friday. They have won three of their last four away games and should come out on top here.
Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 Watford
This match will start from 1:15 AM (IST)
This match will take place on 31 December 2022
Swansea City forward Michael Obafemi missed the trip to Reading through injury, and he is unlikely to return to full fitness in time to feature on Friday.
In his absence, the attacking responsibility will again fall on Joel Piroe, who has scored six league goals so far this season after hitting the net 22 times in the Championship last term.
Liam Cullen will likely be rewarded with a start in the front line after scoring in back-to-back matches, while Matt Grimes and Joe Allen should again partner up in the engine room with Harry Darling, Ben Cabango and Nathan Wood set to form the back three.
Watford have a long list of absentees to deal with, as the likes of Imran Louza, Tom Cleverley, Dan Gosling, Edo Kayembe and Hamza Choudhury are all set to remain out due to injuries, while full-back Hassane Kamara is suspended after his red card in their defeat to Millwall.
Swansea City:- Benda; Wood, Darling, Cabango; Sorinola, Grimes, Allen, Manning; Fulton, Cullen; Piroe
Watford:- Bachmann; Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Kabasele; Dele-Bashiru, Bacuna; Sema, Pedro, Sarr; Davis
the most likely outcome of this match is a Swansea City win with a probability of 41.72%. A win for Watford has a probability of 32.63% and a draw has a probability of 25.6%.
The most likely scoreline for a Swansea City win is 1-0 with a probability of 9.7%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-1 (8.83%) and 2-0 (7.04%). The likeliest Watford win is 0-1 (8.38%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (12.16%)
Tip 1 – Result: Watford
Tip 2 – Goals – Over/under 2.5 – Over 2.5 goals (Five of the last six matches between the two sides have produced more than 2.5 goals)
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: YES (Both sides have found the back of the net in five of their last six matchups)
The matches will be streaming on the Colors Infinity, Voot, and Jio TV. Voot is a digital platform where the matches will be streaming live
Watford, to win this match
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