Swansea v Watford - Saturday 15:00
Swansea valiantly battled back on two occasions at the Emirates to get within a goal of the draw, but against an in-form Arsenal it wasn’t enough. Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson led Swansea’s fightback but both missed good chances, although there was a welcome first goal for summer signing Borja Baston. It will be interesting to see how Bob Bradley sets his team up against opponents more on their own level in Watford, especially with the return of Fernando Llorente and Jefferson Monteiro from injury.
Watford’s game against Middlesbrough was not one for the purist, with both sides lacking the expected quality of a top flight game. Watford survived various penalty appeals but this will not overly concern Walter Mazzarri as the win elevated his side into the top half of the table. The Hornets have put in some mixed performances this season, but keep plodding along and picking up points, despite only keeping one clean sheet in their last 13 matches.
Swansea have lost six of their last seven matches and have failed to win any of their last five at home. However, the introduction of a new manager for the players to impress and the improved performance against Arsenal makes predicting the match outcome a risky business. Instead, we think backing over 2.5 goals at 2.05 represents a better bet. Watford have consistently been involved in high-scoring games with at least four goals in eight of their last 13 matches, whilst there have been at least three goals in five of Swansea’s last six and we’re expecting more of the same.