Carvalhal unlikely to lift shambolic Swans


Carlos Carvalhal takes charge of Swansea City for the first time on Saturday when the Premier League’s bottom side visit Watford but it is unlikely to be a positive start to life in Wales for the former Sheffield Wednesday boss.

The Swans lack quality in all areas of the pitch and there is a theory that Carvalhal’s appointment means that the club’s hierarchy are already preparing for life in the Championship.

Swansea have only scored 11 times in 20 Premier League fixtures to date and Marco Silva’s side can beat them by a two-goal margin at odds of 15/4.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton had an 18-month spell in charge of Newcastle United before being axed but he can enjoy his return to Tyneside.

The match seems certain to be a low-scoring affair as Newcastle have only found the net 19 times this season while Brighton have scored on just 15 occasions.

Brighton are 15/4 to win the match by a one-goal margin and 23/10 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Southampton, having agreed to sell Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool this week, face a tricky task when they visit Manchester United, particularly as Mauricio Pellegrino’s side will be without the injured Charlie Austin.

Jose Mourinho’s team are 8/1 to ease to a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

Bournemouth have failed to win any of their last eight top-flight fixtures and are 11/5 to draw with Everton on Saturday, while Chelsea can ease to another routine 2-0 win against Stoke City at 11/2 following their victory by the same scoreline against Brighton on Boxing Day.

It seems certain to be a tight match when Burnley make the short trip to Huddersfield and a goalless draw is available at 11/2, while a Liverpool win and both teams to score in the Reds’ game against Leicester City is available at 13/10.

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