Match Review Swansea vs Watford

Discussion in 'Match Day' started by Oldtimejack, 20 Oct 2016.

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  1. Oldtimejack

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    Swan

    Not sure if it's too early for this thread, but might as well get started (unless I'm not allowed!).

    Match kicks off Saturday 15:00 GMT at the Liberty, and it's fair to say it's our biggest match of the season so far.

    A win here gets us on track and accepting of the fact that we've just gone through a horror run against some of the best teams in the league. It's absolutely crucial. A draw is barely passable, a loss ... let's not even go there.

    Watford typically line-up in a 3-5-2 formation, and this weekend they would be expected to line-up as follows:
    ---------------- Gomes
    -------- Britos Kaboul Prodl
    Amrabat -------------------- Holebas
    ---------- Behrami Capoue
    ---------------- Pereyra
    ---------- Success Deeney

    They won 1-0 at Boro thanks to a Jose Holebas goal in an otherwise poor game.

    I'm expecting Bradley to go with a fairly similar line-up to the weekend, he'll probably give most of the players a chance to impress him at home after a 3-2 defeat away to an Arsenal side who won 6-0 overnight in the Champions League. However, I'm expecting Borja to come into the lineup to deal with Watford's physical back 3, which potentially means Sigs might go wide in place of Routledge?

    -------------- Fabianski
    Naughton Fernandez Amat Taylor
    --------- Cork Britton Fer
    ---- Barrow ---------- Sigurdsson
    ---------------- Borja

    We need to keep width as Watford generally don't cope well with attacks coming from wide - they are typically much better at handling play through the centre of the park with their 3 big centre halves and Behrami + Capoue screening as well. Get the ball out to Barrow, let him cause havoc, whip them in to Borja.

    Optimistically tipping 2-0 Swansea, with goals for Borja and Sigurdsson.
    Amat MOTM in a dominant display against Deeney who is having another good season so far.

    Let's go Swans!!
     
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  2. R.M.J

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    Swan Legend

    Fab
    Nauts. VDH. Amat. Kingsley
    Cork
    Barrow. Leon. Fer
    Gylfi
    Borja
     
  3. Muttley

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    VIP Swan

    For me it's:

    ------------------------- Fab -------------------------

    Rangel ----- vdHoorn --- Amat ------Kingsley

    ---------- Leon ------------------ Fer ----------------

    Mo ------------------ Siggy ------------------- Jeff

    ---------------------- Borja -------------------------

    Subs: Nordfeldt, Fede, Naughton, Fulton, Cork, Routs, Llorente
     
  4. Nom Nom

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    VIP Swan

    I read some comments from Bob's previous assistant manager at le havre who said that bob seldom looked to the youth in the club preferring to stick with experience rather than blood younger players. I must say that's the first negative comments I've heard said about Bob by any of his previous colleagues!

    So I do not expect to see Fulton, Kingsley or macburnie
     
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  5. IanABS94

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    Read that as well; but maybe La Havre's youth is shit. Fulton, McBurnie & Kingsley are all viable players in with a shout. I'd think it more along the lines of Alex Samuel, Owain Jones, Dan James, Joe Rodon etc who we wouldn't be seeing called up.

    Who knows though as he didn't play Fulton, Kingsley or McBurnie at Arsenal.
     
  6. Yankee_Jack

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    Jack Bastard

    This is a must win match for me. Having failed to acquire points during the recent tough run of fixtures, we now need to start harvesting points.
     
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  7. ExpatJack

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    Jack Bastard

    He talks sense.

     
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  8. Oldtimejack

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    Swan

    Personally I can't see that midfield 3 working. Siggy won't track back much, nor should he have to, and Fer is far too lazy to do enough defensive work. That would leave Leon on his own which would be problematic.

    I think if Leon plays, he needs a defensive helper with him i.e. Cork.

    Kingsley and VDH over Taylor and Fernandez would probably be my picks too, I was just going with what I think Bob will pick in my first post.
     
  9. Borini

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    I am starting to like brad bobley .....he talks sense....I just wish he could lose that God darn Yankee voice.
     
  10. IanABS94

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    Going for a 2-1 win tomorrow. I can feel it!

    Borja with a brace!
     
  11. Clucasade

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    Jack Bastard

    We should play Mo and Jeff to tear apart that back 3.
     
  12. Mithrandir

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    Istari Swan

    Jeff won't start practicing until next week unfortunately.
     
  13. Clucasade

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    Jack Bastard

    Damn, I thought I saw he'd be available for the next match. Barrow and Routs in the wings and Siggy and Borja waiting for the killer through ball/cross?
     
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  14. IanABS94

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    Kingsley behind Routledge because he'll overlap Routledge and get some real crosses into the box.
     
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  15. Mithrandir

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    Istari Swan

    I think I would go with a back 4 of Naughton, VdH, Amat, and Kingsley. Then for me, the question is the midfield pairing. Is it Leon and Fer, Leon and Cork, or Cork and Fer?
     
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  16. IanABS94

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    Definitely that back four. I think we should be going for Leon and Cork because Leon will help break up Watford attacks and Cork is industrious getting back. Fer leaves some to be desired when it comes to defensive duties so lets have those two sitting infront of that defence and let the Barrow, Routledge, Siggy & Borja do their job to attack.
     
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  17. Ivoralljack

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    Jack Bastard

    For me, Leon has to start. He is the one that lubricates our play, gives it fluency and rhythm. We need a strong start to push them back, create doubt and give us confidence. I mean, how good would it be to see us get a couple of goals in front so we can relax and play our football without fear.

    I think a win will do wonders for the team and no matter if Leon only plays for 60 minutes so long as we capitalise on his good work when he's on the pitch. Fresh legs in Fer or Cork or even Fulton should give us added impetus at that stage. Agree that we need Kingsley to provide extra width and crosses for Baston and or Llorente to feed off, whilst we will definitely need VdH to handle strong man Deeney who's good in the air and powerful on the ball. Fernandez won't relish trying to deal with him!

    Think BB will have us up for this and it's a game we can win.
     
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  18. Mithrandir

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    Istari Swan

    It's a game we need to win. I understand this match will be trickier than many of us thought it would be at the start of the season, but after the start we've had, and with Everton and United coming up quickly, this is simply a match we need to claim 3 points from. These next 2 matches might be season defining. If we can win both, or even beat Watford and draw Stoke, I think we can reasonably start looking up the table. If we somehow lose both I think we'll be going down.
     
  19. Septic

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    Cygnet

    Like this but sub Fer for Cork
     
  20. Boundy Still Lurks

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    Not sure about us going down ,imo we'll have a better picture nearer Christmas , as along as those around us keep slipping up we'll still have some time to turn it around .
     

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