Life is never boring as a Swansea City fan and this week has been an eventful one to say the very least.
Within a couple of days we’ve seen three of our players sent off in a single match, our list of sidelined players rise to 11 plus the arrival of new record-signing Craig Beattie and the sensational return of former fans’ favourite Lee Trundle.
While Saturday’s game at home to Watford looked like being a struggle with no strikers being available with Stephen Dobbie injured and Gorka Pintado suspended, plus other 9 players out, now it looks like being a far more interesting affair following the arrivals of two new forwards.
The excitement will be there with Trundle’s return, especially amongst the young fans in the Family Stand and we’ll be delighted to see the arrival of Craig Beattie, as we’ve been calling out for a new forward for some time now.
Swansea Manager, Paulo Sousa:
“It`s easier for me to select a team now because we don`t have many options. But it`s a big demand tomorrow and it won`t be easy.
“It will be very difficult to replace the players that got suspended. But we have players that can come in and will be able to field an XI that can win.
“We will also have four or five players on the bench. With that, it`s still possible for us to get three points.
“We need to bring in new players, though, especially when you lose three players like that. We don`t know if they will get longer suspensions, but we know the minimum and that period will be difficult for us.”
“It`s really important we get three points against Saturday. There are a lot of difficulties with this game, but we will be very happy if we can get the win.”
Swansea City Team News:
Paulo Sousa will need to make at least three changes from the side that beat Coventry City 1-0 last weekend.
Defence duo Angel Rangel and Garry Monk will serve the first of their 3-match bans following their sendings off in midweek against Scunthorpe United while Stephen Dobbie will miss out after picking up a nasty rib injury in the same game.
New signing Besian Idrizaj also suffered a knock on Tuesday night which increases the number of unavailable players to 11, as they join Gorka Pintado (1 match ban), Ferrie Bodde, Joe Allen, Darren Pratley, Tom Butler, Guillem Bauza and Albert Serran on the sidelines.
Marcos Painter is likely to keep his place at left back after returning from a long term injury in midweek. Matty Collins is most likely to replace Angel Rangel at right back.
We’re looking ok in midfield but he’s unlikely to keep Bond in the starting 11. Jordi Lopez is available again after a dead leg and could return. Nathan Dyer will start on the right wing, Kerry Morgan and Mark Gower compete for the place on the opposite flank and Leon Britton will stay in the centre. Jordi Lopez and Andrea Orlandi are most likely to join him.
Up front, new record signing Craig Beattie should make his debut after completing his move from West Brom.
Player to watch: Craig Beattie
The new record signing should make his debut tomorrow and we’ll be looking at the Scot to fire in the goals following Dobbie’s injury and Pintado’s suspension.
Watford Team News:
Watford have suffered a blow this week following the departure of striker Tommy Smith and with Danny Graham and Nathan Ellington struggling with injuries, the Hornets could be struggling for options up front.
Winger Jobi McAnuff has joined Reading and defender Mike Williamson looks set to join Portsmouth so Watford are looking a weaker side.
Player to watch: Tom Cleverley
The midfielder on loan from Manchester United scored two goals for Watford this season including one in their 4-2 League win at Nottingham Forest.
Match Facts & Stats
Swansea City beat Watford 3-1 at home in the Championship last season, Watford responded with a 2-0 win over us at home in February.
Watford currently sit in 12th position, with 5 points, compared to Swansea in 15th place with 4 points.
Watford lost in midweek to Leeds in the Carling Cup 2nd Round, the Swans also lost 2-1 to Scunthorpe.
Last Saturday, Watford drew 2-2 with Blackpool, Swansea City won their first League game at Coventry 1-0.
Swansea City are looking for thier first League goal at home.
Head to head: Swansea wins – 18, Draws – 7, Watford wins – 13.
2008/09 Stats: 38 Games, 91 Yellows, 4 Reds.
Last season A Taylor was in charge of two Swansea City matches, the first at home when we lost 3-2 to Birmingham and the second away at Watford in February when we lost 2-0.
Assistant Referees: M J Cairns and S J Martin
Fourth Official: M J Amphlett
Swansea to win 2-1.
Swansea City are struggling with injuries and suspensions but we should be ok at the back despite the absences of Monk and Rangel. Painter and Bessone can be relied upon to a decent job at left back and Tate was solid and superb in the centre on Tuesday. If Beattie get off to a scoring start we’ll look favourites to take 3 points in a close game.
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Saturday 12th September
Preston vs Swansea City