The Swansea boss sends a ‘triggering’ message to his side as they aim for a comeback against Valérien Ismaël’s Watford side at the Swansea…

Swansea is looking to rebound after suffering their first defeat in six matches over the weekend when they host Watford at the Stadium tonight. The match preview is available below.

The loss to Leicester City on Saturday was nothing to be ashamed of, as Swansea remained competitive for significant periods of the game. They were unfortunate not to level the score at 2-2, with a crucial save and a strong appeal for a penalty during that phase.

All the positives from the weekend’s performance need to be carried into tonight’s fixture. Swansea’s manager, Michael Duff, must decide whether to make changes or stick with the same starting lineup from Saturday’s game. One potential decision revolves around Josh Key, who sustained an injury in the weekend’s match and took some time to recover. Although nothing official has been stated, there are suggestions that he might be rested this evening. However, I believe he will likely be included in the lineup, with Duff likely to maintain the same starting eleven used on Saturday.

Predicted lineup: Rushworth, Key, Darling, Humphreys, Tymon, Patino, Grimes, Paterson, Cullen, Lowe, Yates.

Michael Duff is determined to see his team bounce back tonight. In his program notes for the evening, he emphasized the need to build on the weekend’s performance and not assume that a good showing on Saturday guarantees success tonight. He acknowledges that the loss on the weekend requires the team to regroup and prepare for the upcoming match, relying on the togetherness the players have shown throughout the season.

Watford manager Valérien Ismaël recognizes the challenge Swansea poses, anticipating a game similar to that against Cardiff City. He emphasized the importance of pressing, fighting for second balls, and engaging in duels in an away game. Watford aims to maintain stability and move forward with the strength of their squad, allowing for quick turnarounds.

As is typical for midweek games, the attendance is expected to be reduced, especially with the match available on the Sky red button.

From Swansea’s perspective, this is a game they should target for victory. Watford has struggled this season compared to their club’s expectations, presenting an opportunity for Swansea to capitalize. Duff highlighted the numerous positives from the weekend game, and if they can reproduce that level of performance, they should have a good chance of securing three points this evening.



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