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Summary

  1. Deeney returns for Watford
  2. Swansea winless in five games

Live Reporting

By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Watford 1-0 Swansea

It's all over.

Watford can celebrate - they've earned themsevles another year of Premier League football.

But as for Swansea, they're in a dog fight now for Premier League survival.

A pretty dismal performance at Vicarage Road - Paul Clement's side are winless in six games and two points from safety.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Four minutes of added time here at Vicarage Road.

Watford look close to confirming their Premier League status with that all important 40 points.

But Swansea are in deep, deep trouble.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

A nasty collision in the box as Daryl Janmaat, Heurelho Gomes and Borja Bastón are all remain down receiving treatment.

A slight pause for Swansea who desperately need to find something in these last few minutes.

At the moment they are two points from safety and heading for a sixth defeat in six away games.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Fernando Llorente's race is run and Jordan Ayew is Paul Clement's last throw of the dice.

His side have just under 10 minutes to get themselves back into the game.

At the moment they're heading for six games without a win in the Premier League.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

And he has an instant impact. A great finish by substitute Stefano Okaka inside the box...but he's offside. Still, great technique there.

Swansea are living dangerously here as Etienne Capoue opens up for a long-range shot but the ball sails over the crossbar.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Stefano Okaka replaces M'Baye Niang who's been one of the better players on the pitch this afternoon.

But Troy Deeney has been crying out for some support up front as Watford go in search of a second goal.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

A foul throw?

You don't see those called these days. But the linesman waves his flag and the throw will be reversed - Swansea have a chance to move upfield now.

And that's about the most excitement we've had in this second half.

Neither side taking control at Vicarage Road.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Swansea have certainly been livelier since the substitutions.

But they still can't create any clear-cut chances.

They've got Watford pinned back in their own half and the home side can't get complacent here.

'The sad thing is that Swansea have been decent'

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton & West Brom winger on Final Score

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes. When you're down at the bottom those mistakes are highlighted all the more. The sad thing is that Swansea have been decent.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Paul Clement makes another change as Tom Carroll comes on for Jay Fulton.

The former Spurs man, who signed for Swansea in January, is now back on the pitch having been left out of the starting XI.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Gylfi Sigursson has a free-kick for Swansea outside the penalty area but that isn't one of his best - he doesn't even clear the first defender.

The ball is cleared and it trickles out for a throw.

Watford take the opportunity to make a substitution as Nordin Amrabat is replaced by Christian Kabasele. 

The second half is turning out to be much like the first, minus the errors so far.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Borja Baston has come on for Luciano Narsingh - who was actually one of the livelier Swans players in the first period.

Presumably Paul Clement wants more support for Fernando Llorente as his side go in search of a vital equaliser.

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Watford are pressing for a second goal here.

Abdoulaye Doucouré puts a high cross into the box and it's easily collected by Lukasz Fabianski.

But Swansea can't keep the ball in their half at the moment and they don't look like testing the Watford defence. 

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Swansea are only two points adrift remember so three points today could lift them out of the relegation zone, provided Hull City don't win.

And the good news for Paul Clement's side is that the Tigers are currently losing 1-0 at Stoke City.

I'm not sure he'll have discussed that score line with his players. But a couple of goals in this second half and they're right back in this fight.

'Very difficult for the manager'

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

You have to feel for Paul Clement - you cannot legislate for a defensive mistake like your defender bring caught dwelling on the ball. Very, very difficult for the manager, because a mistake like that is simply about losing concentration.

KICK-OFF

Watford 1-0 Swansea

We're under way in the second half.

A crucial 40 minutes for Swansea coming up in their fight against the drop.

Mawson makes the error

HT: Watford 1-0 Swansea

Etienne Capoue
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There was some initial confusion over that goal.

It looked to have been a disastrous error from Federico Fernandez but it was in fact one touch too many for Alfie Mawson, who played with fire in a dangerous area. 

As he turned to play the ball back to Lukasz Fabianski, Etienne Capoue stormed in to steal the ball.

A goal on his return from injury. And that's the difference at the moment.

HALF-TIME

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Watford take an unexpected half-time lead at Vicarage Road.

Swansea defender Alfie Mawson gave a goal away just four minutes before the break and Swansea have it all to do in the second-half.

GOAL - Capoue handed easy goal

Watford 1-0 Swansea

Etienne Capoue nicks the ball from Alfie Mawson and breaks into the box.

Capoue's first shot is saved but he volleys in the rebound via the post to fire Watford into the lead just before the break.

What a gift.

GOAL - Watford 1-0 Swansea

Etienne Capoue

Etienne Capoue celebrates for Watford
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Watford 0-0 Swansea

Fernando Llorente is doing his best to gain an inch for his side.

First he protests to the referee that his jersey is being pulled in the penalty area, and when that appeal is turned away, he tries to claim a corner.

Lee Mason is having none of it though and awards a goal-kick. 

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Goal chances have been few and far between so far this afternoon.

We've had one decent save a piece from the two keepers, with 10 minutes to go until the break.

Watford will be rather happier with this scoreline at the moment you'd imagine.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson with a fine effort from absolutely nothing as he fires a shot from about 25 yards.

But Heurelho Gomes watches it all the way. 

Just a glimpse there of the long-range shooting ability of the Icelandic international.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Swansea are on the move. Gylfi Sigurdsson finds Luciano Narsingh who feeds the ball inside to Fernando Llorente.

But his shot is straight at Heurelho Gomes. 

That was better play from the Welsh side.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Leroy Fer loses the ball in a dangerous position.

Watford spring forward in attack but Tom Cleverley can't find Daryl Janmaat - and boss Walter Mazzarri throws him a frustrated look from the bench.

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Daryl Janmaat makes a storming run down the right and finds Troy Deeney in the centre of the penalty area. He takes it first time but his shot is well blocked by Lukasz Fabianski.

I think it took a deflection on the way through there too.

A brilliant stop by the Swansea keeper.

But his team are rocking a bit here for the first time in the game.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Federico Fernandez brings down M'Baye Niang just outside the penalty area - and he's awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position.

But Niang's dipping free-kick is safely collected by Lukasz Fabianski. He could have done better there. 

Watford 0-0 Swansea

If Swansea are going to score this afternoon, I'll bet Gylfi Sigurdsson will be heavily involved.

He's made a really bright start and could be the difference.

Still nothing to show for either side though with just over 20 minutes gone at Vicarage Road.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Troy Deeney is the target for Watford as Etienne Capoue feeds a lovely ball through to the striker.

But it's slightly too far and Lukasz Fabianski is alive to the danger. 

He rushes off his line to clear the ball at the edge of the box and Watford find themselves right back in their own penalty area.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

That looked a harsh free-kick.

Troy Deeney gets the ball but takes the man out in the process.

Gylfi Sigurdsson fires a testing free-kick into the Watford penalty area and Heurelho Gomes comes out to punch the ball but he makes a complete hash of it.

It falls to Swans' Federico Fernandez but his header from six yards out lands on the top of the net.

A lucky escape. Watford's Brazilian goalkeeper certainly wasn't convincing there.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

A good save from Heurelho Gomes denies Swansea captain Gylfi Sigurdsson who finds a bit of space in the penalty area.

But the Watford keeper saves well at his left post.

First real chance of the game goes to Swansea.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

The home side with all the possession so far.

Jay Fulton brings down Tom Cleverley as Watford earn their third free-kick of the game - and this one's in a dangerous position.

But it's headed out by the Swansea defence and they clear their lines.

Watford 0-0 Swansea

These two teams drew 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season.

But with Watford's defence in recent matches, I can't see that happening again today.

A lively start for Watford.

KICK-OFF

Watford 0-0 Swansea

Swansea, playing in white, get us under way at Vicarage Road.

Captain Deeney in the tunnel

Watford v Swansea City (15:00 BST)

Troy Deeney is in the tunnel and about to lead his side out.

Kick-off is moments away...

'Swansea need to stop the rot'

Watford v Swansea City (15:00 BST)

John Hartson

Ex-Arsenal & West Ham striker on Football Focus

Fernando Llorente is a focal point for Swansea. Gylfi Sigurdsson likes to play the ball in and he can target Llorente. But Swansea do have only one win in five and today need to stop the rot, even if today is just a point.

Nightmare run

Fernando Llorente
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Will top-scorer Fernando Llorente's return from injury make a difference?

Swansea City are two-points adrift of safety, sitting behind Hull City who travel to Stoke today (15:00 BST).

And the Welsh side have been beaten on their last five away trips.

Tough afternoon to come.

Crunch time for Swans

Watford v Swansea (15:00 BST)

John Motson

Match of the Day commentator

This is a far bigger game for Swansea. Watford can consider themselves almost safe and look forward to another season in the Premier League.

For Swansea, the situation is grim. Their honeymoon period under Paul Clement has subsided after an initial bounce. They haven't won in five games and I saw nothing in their defeat at West Ham last weekend which suggested they can turn it around.

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Mazzarri hoping for strong finish

Watford v Swansea (15:00 BST)

Walter Mazzarri
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Walter Mazzarri’s Watford side seem to be heading for mid-table.

But with 13th place not enough to keep Quique Sanchez Flores in a job last season, current manager Mazzarri will be hoping for his side can put a few more points on the board.

After 31 games, Watford are on 37 points - the same as under Flores.

With top scorer Troy Deeney back on side following clear-the-air talks with his manager, Watford will be looking to swiftly put last Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Tottenham behind them.