Five matches in, the Swans find themselves closer to the bottom than to the top of the standings. The Welsh side have only managed one league win so far this season (2-0 against Crystal Palace), but did well to hold Tottenham to a draw last weekend before a midweek win over Reading in the League Cup.
The Hornets went undefeated for their first four league matches of the season, but last weekend Manchester City came to town to deliver a 6-0 thrashing. The visitors will, however, expect this one to be less high-scoring affair, considering last season’s goalless draw in Wales and Watford’s narrow 1-0 win in the return fixture.
Speaking ahead of the match, Swansea boss Paul Clement sympathised with his opponent’s result against City, but explained why it’s not necessarily good news for him.
“That can happen when you play one of the top sides and they are firing on all cylinders,” Clement said. “We have had that happen to us.
“The top sides can be difficult to stop, particularly at home when you are trying to show your fans that you’re going out to attack and win the game.
“But Watford started the season by drawing with Liverpool and they have had some very good results since then. They have had some good wins and they have a healthy points tally.
“They will want an immediate reaction after what happened against Manchester City, because you don’t want back-to-back losses.”
In team news, Swans midfielder Nathan Dyer will have a late fitness test, but it’s still too soon for Ki Sung-Yeung.
“There are lots of things I am thinking about going into the Watford game,” Clement said, as he mulled the possibility of deploying Wilfried Bony up front. “Wilfried is keen to make an impact,” he said. “He is one I am thinking about – I will decide late on that one. His fitness is good and he is definitely under consideration for a start this weekend.”